From humble origins, his road to success has not been free of obstacles. On October 10, 1978, young Louie Anderson jumped on stage for the first time. It was in a (little, 50-seat comedy club in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The debut was the result of a dare from a co-worker at a childrens home where Louie worked as a counselor for abused children.
"The first time on stage I wasnt as nervous as you might expect," Louie recollects. I remember that whatever jitters I felt were overwhelmed by the exciting prospect of all the attention and love seated in front of me. With the first laugh, I knew I was hooked, a junkie for life."
With a compulsive personality in need of more laughs and bigger audiences, it did not take the fledgling comedian long to become a big fish in that little club. At first, Louie drew on his obvious obesity for laughs. "My first words were Seconds, please? Most kids in kindergarten napped on a little rug. I had a braided 9 by 12." Quite by accident, he stumbled onto his large family (Louie is the tenth of eleven children) as another gold mine of material "My dad never hit us when I was a kid. He carried a gun" The jokes just kept flowing.
In 1981, Louie was named a winner at the St. Louie Comedy Competition, where he met Henny Youngman and began to write jokes for the King of one-liners. The next year, acting on the encouragement of friends1 Louie headed for the bigger pastures of Los Angeles. Leaving home in his 1976 Malibu Classic with $600.00 in his pocket, and a full tank of gas, Louie was headed for the big time.
In 1985, unsuccessful at landing a deal with a network, he went back to Minneapolis and with the support of his hometown, produced his own comedy special, which was later sold to Showtime. Proving his widespread appeal, it became the highest rated program that month on the cable network.
Louie went on to big things including countless appearances on Arsenio Hall, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, "Comic ReIief co-starring roles in such television shows and feature films as "Grace Under Fin"; "Remington Steele", "Quick Silver" and an unforgettable part in Eddie Murphys hit comedy "Coming To America"; and early last year1 Louie even lent his voice to one of the main characters in the animated feature film, "Bebes Kid?
However, in many ways success seemed hollow to Louie and it was while he was on tour with Roseanne Arnold that he started to keep a diary of letters to his now deceased father. In a 1988 "People" Magazine article, Louie allowed one of the letters to be published. Overwhelming response from fins persuaded Louie to publish the letters as a book which resulted in the national best seller, Dear Dad - Letters from am Adult Child. Mirroring millions of other adult children of alcoholics, the book rawly depicted Louies often
Louie now brings to television as the co-creator along with Matt OCallghan, his stand-up comedic talent that has entertained audiences for seventeen years through an animated series, entitled "Life with Louie" for the Fox Childrens Network The series, which highlights Andersons writing and voice-over talents as the narrator, Little Louie and Little Louies dad, debuted as a Christmas Special in December of 1994. The series will begin in the fall of 1995. Louie is the executive producer of Life With Louie" along with Ahmos Hassan, Tom Wilhite and Willard Carrol.