We’re only three days away from the premiere of Sundance TV’s new pop-culture roundup show The Approval Matrix, hosted by comedian and Chappelle’s Show co-creator Neal Brennan. We’ve already watched a few episodes, and we’re happy to say it’s worth your time. Brennan is smart, honest and critical when he wants to be. And the celebrity panels assembled are top notch. If you missed Laughspin‘s interview with Brennan from the other day, you can check it out here. Below is an exclusive video preview of the first episode, wherein Brennan sounds off on how he feels Louis C.K.’s show Louie is overrated.
In the video Brennan announces, “I’m going to put Two And A Half Men in ‘Lowbrow but Brilliant’ vs Louie,” utilizing the Approval Matrix format from New York magazine, on which the show is based. “Again, I love Louie’s stand-up; I love the stand-up sections of the show,” Brennan continues. “I find the narrative to be non-existent and kind of sloppy and kind of lazy. So, I’m putting him in ‘Lowbrow and Despicable.’ I think Louie is like the kale of television.” Check it out below and tell us what you think! The Approval Matrix debuts on Sundance TV this Monday, Aug. 11 at 11 pm ET.
What you don’t see in the clip: “I think people like to say they watch it but I don’t think anyone is really…” Brennan says to his panel Whitney Cummings, TV Guide‘s Matt Roush, Today‘s Willie Geist and comedian/writer Julie Klausner.
Roush defends Louie a bit, placing the show in the highbrow section of ‘Despicable.’ Cummings and Klausner also offer diplomatic defenses for Louie. But Brennan isn’t done yet. “It’s not comedy,” Brennan says about Louie. “You’re not laughing. If you’re not laughing, it’s not comedy. It’s something else. What I just said was comedy because [our studio audience] fucking laughed.”