Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.
Louis C.K., Steve Buscemi and Alan Alda walk into a bar...
Like Ted Danson and Carroll O'Connor did before him, comedian Louis C.K. joined the ranks of fictional bar owners over the weekend when he dropped the first episode of his previously unannounced new series online at LouisCK.net for just $5.
However, unlike Cheers and Archie Bunker's Place, C.K.’s dark comedy Horace and Pete does not appear to be a LOL-ing matter.
Set in a 100-year-old Brooklyn dive bar with the same name as the show, Horace and Pete boasts a cast of seasoned actors including Buscemi, Alda, Edie Falco, Aidy Bryant and Jessica Lange, rounded out by comics like Nick Di Paolo, Steven Wright and Liza Treyger.
The artfully shot 67-minute first episode, which has an intermission and a haunting soundtrack by Paul Simon, could “best be described as a Cheers spec script by Eugene O’Neill,” according to the New York Times.
“Go here to watch it,” is all C.K. said in a note about about the four-episode series. “We hope you like it."