"Don't rush me."
Louie Anderson was scrolling through his text messages Thursday morning, searching for the note he had just received from Louis C.K., congratulating him on his first prime-time Emmy nomination for their show FX's "Baskets."
"Oh, now that's you're Mr. Big Shot you can boss everyone around," I said over the phone.
"I've always been like this," the Minnesota native said in his signature dry tone, just before relaying the message from C.K, who co-created the comedy with star Zach Galifianakis.
"Congratulations, I hope you feel very happy and proud," it read. "Thank you for your hard work and your hilarious and real performance."
CK doesn't appear in the series, which failed to reap any other major nominations, but it was his idea to cast the veteran comic as Galifianakis's passive-aggressive mother.
"I never knew if I put on a dress that so many people would want to talk to me," said Anderson who learned of the nod through a phone call from his best friend. "If I had known, I would have put it on a long time ago."
Anderson said he was startled how much he "disappeared" into the role. He hopes the nomination will lead to other job offers, perhaps even a dramatic role that would honor his father.
Anderson is already reading scripts for the second season of "Baskets" and said the writing is even better this time around. Shooting starts on Sept. 15,but Anderson will most likely be excused from work to attend the Emmy ceremonies on Sept. 18.
Has he picked out his wardrobe?
"Maybe a big muumuu in honor of the part," he said. "Maybe I can have a cameo made to look like my mom."