LYNN ELBER, AP TELEVISION WRITER
Louie Anderson isn’t a mom, but playing one on TV has given him a new appreciation of motherhood.On FX’s “Baskets,” the veteran standup co-stars as Christine Baskets, mama to troubled man-child Chip, a reject from French clown school, and his estranged twin brother, Dale (Zach Galifianakis stars as both).
Anderson’s portrayal finds its own restrained niche within the dark comedy series. He doesn’t overdress, overact or contort his voice as the well-meaning parent with well-developed coping skills.
Instead, Anderson plays the role with restraint and, he says, gratitude at age 63 for an unexpected career gift — which as a bonus allows him to channel aspects of his late mother, Ora Zella Anderson, with touches of the five sisters he grew up with (in a family of 10 siblings in St. Paul, Minnesota.)