Steve Buscemi Joins Louis C.K. In New Dark Comedy Web Series ‘Horace And Pete’

Comedian Louis C.K. surprised fans on Saturday by releasing a new online show called Horace and Pete co-starring Steve Buscemi. The first 67-minute episode is available to download via the official website for $5, and features a cast that includes Alan Alda, Edie Falco, Rebecca Hall, Jessica Lange, Kurt Metzger, and Steven Wright, among others. The theme song is by legendary folk singer Paul Simon.

“Hi there,” Louis C.K. wrote in a mass e-mail, “Horace and Pete episode one is available for download. $5 Go here to watch it. We hope you like it.”

Louis stars in the dark comedy, which he also wrote and directed, that is set primarily in an Irish bar run by Horace (Louis C.K.), and Pete (Buscemi). The plot centers on “what will become of the bar a year after the death of its patriarch, Horace’s father,” per Variety. The New York Times describes the series as “a messy experiment that stays just on the good side of pretentiousness. But it’s also probing, engaged and moving.”

Buscemi is a popular character actor who often plays neurotic and paranoid — making him a favorite choice for many directors. He’s most known for his role in the critically acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire. His portrayal as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson in the series earned him two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe, and two nominations for an Emmy Award.

Steve’s portrayal of the criminal Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 cult classic Reservoir Dogs raised his profile in Hollywood. Many would agree that his work with award-winning directors the Coen brothers made him a household name, most notably for his performance in 1996’s Fargo and 1998’s The Big Lebowski. Buscemi also starred in such iconic films as Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and Con Air, and he appeared in a 1993 episode of Tales from the Crypt.

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In 1996, Mr. Buscemi released his directorial debut, Trees Lounge, in which he wrote and also starred. David Chase, the creator of the award-winning drama The Sopranos(1999-07), asked Steve to direct an episode of the series which resulted in an Emmy nomination in the third season, for the episode titled Pine Barrens. Before carving his niche in Hollywood, Steve was a fireman from 1980 to ’84, and he assisted the FDNY after the 9/11 attacks.

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The day after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Buscemi rejoined his old fire station, Engine Company No. 55 in the Little Italy section of New York, and worked 12-hour shifts every day for a week, all while refusing media inquiries and photo ops. In 2014, the award-winning actor/writer/director produced an HBO documentary titled A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY. The documentary features interviews with current and former firefighters, and highlights tragedies and milestones in the history of the department, including 9/11, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Steve’s screen debut came in 1985 in the film The Way It Is, but it wasn’t until a year later when he landed a starring role in Parting Glances did he really begin to take seriously a career in acting. Around that time he decided to focus on Hollywood and said goodbye to his brothers at Engine 55. Nearly 30 years later, and the New York native has starred in productions that have earned over a billion in global box office.

Now, Steve Buscemi and his pal Louis C.K. are ready to tickle your fancy with their not-so-politically correct new web series. You can check out the first episode of Horace and Pete via the official website.

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