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EP 142: The Hilarious Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly & Jonathan Krisel of FX's BASKETS

The hilarious show BASKETS returns for Season 2 tonight at 10/9C on FX. Today I talk with comedian Louie Anderson, who won an Emmy for his role as "Christine" on BASKETS, and Martha Kelly, who plays the brilliantly deadpan "Martha" on BASKETS. Louie talks about starting out as a joke writer for the king of the one liners - Henny Youngman, coming up as a young comedian in the heyday of the legendary Comedy Store, and getting his big break on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, plus he reveals which of his family members inspired his chactacter "Christine" on BASKETS.

Martha Kelly talks about coming up in the Austin comedy scene, and how her BASKETS co-star Zach Galifianakis and Jonathan Krisel convinced her to take the role of "Martha." Then BASKETS show-runner, executive producer, and director Jonathan Krisel talks about why he often prefers to work with non-actors, how the show got past the audience's preconceived expectations, and what it's like working with his co-creators Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K. on BASKETS and his co-creators Fred Armisen and Carry Brownstein on his other show Portlandia.

Season 2 of BASKETS premieres tonight at 10/9C on FX. For more information including bonus content, behind the scenes footage and cast and crew interviews, visit Follow Louie Anderson at Louie Anderson at or on Twitter at @LouieAnderson. If you want to see Louie perform live, check his upcoming tour dates. Follow Martha Kelly on Twitter at @MarthaKelly3 or at

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