The sad clown is a cultural touchstone that has yet to get its due in popular culture. That changes on January 21 with the premiere of FX’s Baskets, a dark comedy from the minds of Zach Galifianakis, Louis CK, and Jonathan Krisel. Galifianakis stars as career clown Chip Baskets, who’ll stop at nothing to make others laugh, even when his own life is so tortured. In the show’s first trailer, we see him attend a prestigious clown college in Paris, only to end up as a rodeo clown back home. But he’s an artist, and his utter commitment to his craft and belief in himself in the face of crushing indifference looks like it’ll be the show’s driving comedic engine. This show’s promise is sky high. Watch it, above.
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