Louis C.K. Surprises Fans by Releasing New Horace and Pete Series

If you’ve got a fiver, an hour to kill and a yen for discussion of the human condition, Louis C.K. has just the thing for you.

The Louie star released the first episode of a new series, Horace and Pete, with absolutely no fanfare via his Web site on Saturday.

“Horace and Pete Episode 1 is available for download. $5,” the comedian wrote on his site. “We hope you like it.”

The roughly hour-long episode takes place in an Irish bar, Gothamist reports, run by Horace (played by C.K.) and Pete (Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire). Alan Alda (M*A*S*H), Edie Falco (Nurse JAckie), Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) Jessica Lange (American Horror Story) and others also show up during the installment, which skews dramatic. (In other words: Don’t expect belly laughs.)

Per the site, there’s an intermission during the episode, and the characters discuss recent news topics such as the presidential race and the upcoming Super Bowl.

As for C.K.’s FX comedy, the comedian recently said that he didn’t know when he’d produce more episodes.

Will you check out Horace and PeteHave you checked out Horace and Pete? Sound off in the comments?

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  1. DanielleZ says:

    I’m intrigued so, yes, I’ll be checking out Horace and Pete.

  2. Mike says:

    Damn, this is brilliant! I had no idea this even existed, so went into it with no prior knowledge of what it was about or any expectations whatsoever on the quality. I am floored. This was amazing. And I’m usually a complete hater of hyperbole, so sorry for all the compliments but I really enjoyed this. Very much like a play you would see on Broadway, a brilliant drama with dark humor starring an exceptional cast. Everyone here is dynamite from start to finish. I really, really hope this is something that will continue but I do appreciate that even if it doesn’t, this was a very contained episode that could just end up being a one-of. But for selfish reasons, I want more. I’ll gladly shell out $5 again and again for subsequent episodes if Louis keeps making them and if this cast continues to make the rounds on the show. Just great.

    • Scout says:


      The hyperbole is justified. I am about to watch it again. I loved how it felt like I was watching an off-Broadway play. Amazing. Agree with everything you said (to save on some typing :).

  3. HAP says:

    Would love to know the financials involved. Did CK pay out of his own pocket? Did the other actors get paid?

    It had to cost a few bucks just to get this made, but does $5 per episode per viewer even cover the cost?

    Finally, did he even think of or try to shop this to a network or streaming service like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu?

  4. Steve Chase says:

    I didn’t know about this show. Since “Louis” ended I was hoping there would be something new,this fills the bill. The characters were endearing, all of them. Alan Alda blew my mind. I have always loved Jessica Lange and she was perfect here. Steven Wright…” I thought it was a kind of car” Typically funny.
    Steve Buscemi was great! Probital? Louis C.K.- played himself. And last but not least,the music was fantastic as usual.