Louie Anderson on How His Emmy Win Changed FX Comedy ‘Baskets’

TCA 2017: ‘I’m very demanding now,’ comic jokes of gender-bending role

Last Updated: January 12, 2017 @ 2:07 PM

Give Louie Anderson an Emmy Award, and there’s just no living with the guy.

The standup comic says his surprise win for supporting comic actor last year has boosted FX’s offbeat comedy “Baskets,” where he plays Christine Baskets, the self-obsessed mother to two grown twins struggling with life failures (both played by Zach Galifianakis).

“I’m very demanding now,” Anderson joked to reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Thursday. “I want everything my way.”

More seriously, Anderson added: “I feel wonderful about the award for two reasons,” he said.

“One, it makes people watch ‘Baskets.’ Two, my mom. It was her award,” he said. “I stole every nuance, glance, purse of the lips, all those little tics, nicks; all those tic-tac, knick-knacks that my mom used to have. All her butter.”

Butter? Oh, yes.

“I was buttered as a baby,” Anderson said. “A lot of you were powdered, I was buttered. I got passed around a lot because they couldn’t hold on to me.” This brought a smile to the face of Galifianakis, who was appearing via satellite for the session with reporters.

The season 2 return of “Baskets” this year has all the cast members working hard, Anderson added. “I work less hard,” he said, “because I’m a whiner.”