Louie Anderson/ photo courtesy of FX
Another win, another salute to Mom.
Minnesotan Louie Anderson bolstered his chances at being 2016's unofficial Comeback Comic of the Year by winning a Critics' Choice Award Sunday night for his supporting performance in FX's "Baskets."
While the new recognition isn't as important as the Emmy he picked up earlier this year -- or the fact that "Baskets" was picked up for a second season -- it was further confirmation that the stand-up had returned to the A List after years of near exile in the business.
""This is to my mom who raised 11 children and my dad was mean to her," said Anderson early in the ceremonies, which were broadcast live on A&E from a Santa Monica airport hangar. "She had so much (humanity). It dribbled onto me. I didn't want it."
In the series, Anderson plays Zach Galifianakis's mother, a passive-aggressive tour de force who wouldn't seem out of place at a St. Paul church potluck.
In winning, Anderson beat out Andre Braugher ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine"), Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), Ty Burrell ("Modern Family"), Tony Hale ("Veep") and T.J. Miller ("Silicon Valley"), who hosted the event.
It wasn't a perfect couple days for Anderson. His name was not mentioned when Golden Globes nominations were announced Monday morning, but that was always a long shot; the Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation does not have a separate category for supporting work in TV comedy and potential contenders are routinely crowded out by thespians doing "serious" work.
And Anderson hasn't used all the good will that's been coming his way to tend to his physique. The comedian, who started the year vowing to do something about his weight, had difficulty getting up to the stage, which involved tackling a flight of stairs.
"This is a Stairmaster, right?" he said before launching into a heartfelt acceptance speech, which he refused to abbreviate, even as the music tried to cut him off.
Anderson,who will perform New Year's Eve at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, can at least take comfort by FX's promotional campaign for the new season of "Baskets," returning Jan. 19. He is heavily featured in ads, even more so than Galifianakis, who co-created the show with Louis C.K. and was originally the show's main draw.
What a difference a year makes.