Showtime (Wed., Aug. 5, 10 p.m. ET)
Louie Anderson, just about the only person to walk away unscathed from the host’s chair on The Late Show Not Starring Joan Rivers, finally gets his first cable special, a concert recorded in his hometown, Minneapolis. He restrains himself from telling his usual ton-of-fat jokes. That’s good news, because even though the gags are usually funny and Louie does give the word hunk new and weighty meaning, he’s showing some versatility. Louie devotes most of his show to the family—Cosby material from the kid’s perspective. He’s best on moms, who always make too much of one thing at Thanksgiving dinner and then spend the whole day pushing sweet potatoes, and on harassing little brothers—”I think older brothers invented terrorism.” He gives you a half hour of socko stuff…in an hour-long show.