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WikipediaCoverPhoto384px-Louis_CK_2012_ShankboneLUMPENPROLETARIAT—Fellow Chicano and prole, Louis C.K. is back!  And he’s on the poor man’s HBO—Netflix.  If you’re poor, like me, you gotta appreciate life’s small blessings swimming through the capitalist mode of production, trying not to drown.  A whole new season of the acclaimed FX comedy series Louie is available now on Netflix.

Comedy is very important.  And I don’t mean, like, just for silly people to have fun.  Once upon a time, in a land a thousand miles away, I took a college psychology course with a brilliant brain surgeon and astronaut, a real stand up guy who held the auditorium rapt in attention when he wasn’t organising holiday food drives with Moya, a wild Chicano and Native Americas Ethnic Studies professor, who worked at San Francisco’s La Raza Centro Legal, helping immigrants and migrant workers, and availed us of our indigenous rights, as Chicanos, to attend a holy peyote ceremony in a wigwam guided by a Roadman and guarded by a Doorman, with an open vent at the top and an earthen moon-crescent fire pit tended and guarded, throughout the ceremony from sundown until sunrise.  I suppose I must’ve looked like a bourgeois tourist, dressed in charcoal grey woolen trousers, black patent leather loafers with large buckles, and an Italian merino wool cardigan.  But I was not judged by the Englishness of my outward appearance by our Native American elders.  Although, I wasn’t sure if that one muscular Indian brave was gonna let me get outta there without a duel of some sort.  Long story short, our wise psychology 101 professor asked us, as we studied the human brain, to guess what we thought was one of the most important things to learning vis a vis teaching.  We were all stumped.  He said:  Comedy!  I gotta make you monkeys laugh, he said, revealing the secret to how he had become so popular with the students all semester.  I gotta entertain you lazy knuckleheads, he said lovingly.  I thought back to all of my college courses.  It was true.  Kids were hard to please.  And they were easily distracted or being boring.

Louis C.K. (b. 1967) is a brilliant educator of social relations.

N.B.:  This article is a stub.  If you would like to contribute your thesis, dissertation, essay, article, or just share your thoughts on the work of fellow Chicano Louis C.K., mindfully contact M. at Lumpenproletariat.org.

Well, I just had my daily dose of TV on Netflix, as a way to wind down before bed.  But, given final exams looming large, I will continue working as hard as possible in honor of all of those who have sacrificed for me to be here, studying at university.  Now, back to (socially) useful production.  My goal is to sleep about four hours, every other day, until final exams.  Even though I don’t believe in false causality, wish me luck, that I may have the strength of conquering my greatest adversary—myself.

-Messina

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[last modified 00:55 CDT APR 24 2015]

[“Louis CK 2012 Shankbone” image by David Shankbone – Own work. Licensed under (Creative Commons) CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons]

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