14 September 2012 7:26 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In Louie's second season, comedian, Man Show 2.0 host, and non-actor Doug Stanhope showed up and turned in a bleak and truly unforgettable performance as a washed-up comic heading for suicide. This past June, Grantland's Bill Simmons, recording a podcast with Louis C.K., asked, "So who won the season three Doug Stanhope Award for actor who exceeded your expectations?" C.K. nearly spilled a name, then balked, then went with, "It's a guy ... you're not gonna believe who's on the show. It's a guy who's known, but not as an actor. Episode eleven, there's gonna be this guy on, who is not an actor, who's an icon, and he turns in a massive ... he's the best actor I ever ... he's like Henry Fonda. It's unbelievable, this guy. Best actor of the season, I think." David Lynch, ladies and gentlemen. A filmmaker who does anything he wants, and does »

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