All of this material — aging, parenting, etc. — has grown mundane and stale in the bigger world of stand-up comedy, and it is especially well trodden by C.K. himself. What saves him are the strange, original, and even surreal approaches he takes to the subjects. The set isn’t exactly connected, nor does it come full circle (the bit he ends on is a gloriously unimportant joke), which gives it more of a loose, casual feel, as if C.K. really did just wander in off the street to do a quick 60. He spins off into a story about strange noises in his kitchen, tells us how he got his childhood dog, and randomly imitates a Boston-accented Sex Ed teacher giving a lesson.
One of the longest (maybe the longest) bit in the entire special is an extended story about the time Louis C.K. watched two rats have sex on the subway, envisioning what it’s like when a rat finishes and demonstrating how to make a female rat orgasm. It sounds bizarre on paper (although what great joke doesn’t?), but works so well that it becomes an impressive achievement. And that’s what Louis C.K. does best: he always impresses — and, more importantly, never disappoints.