Craig Tomashoff

Many people were surprised to see Louie Anderson playing Zach Galifianakis’s mom on Baskets. Anderson doesn’t know why.

Having worked in comedy his entire life, it would have been easy for Louie Anderson to laugh off the phone call last year from fellow comics Louis CK and Zach Galifianakis.

After all, their invitation seemed more like a joke in search of a punch line – come play Galifianakis’s mom in their new FX series Baskets. However, rather than chuckle, Anderson recalls his reaction being an instantaneous “Yeahhhhhhh!”

That enthusiasm has certainly paid off. Since stepping into the heels of Christine Baskets, mother to Galifiankis’ rodeo clown Chip Baskets, Anderson has been getting some serious Emmy buzz for the first time since he won three Daytime Emmys for his ‘90s animated series Life With Louie.

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