GEOFF BERKSHIRE – JUNE 1, 2016
When you first hear that Louie Anderson plays Zach Galifianakis’ mother, Christine Baskets, on “Baskets,” you may assume the show is some kind of broad Adam Sandler-style gag-fest. But “Baskets” turned out to be one of the season’s sweetest, strangest, surprises: An absurdist dramedy grounded in the most vulnerable sides of its often-outrageous characters. And while we initially see Christine through her son’s eyes as an aggravating busybody, it was the sensational Easter episode that exposed Christine’s own contentious relationship with her overly critical mother — and made viewers love the character even more. Here, Anderson talks us through his work on that episode.