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the-series-philosopher-ps-arts-entertainment-profession-scribe-Baskets_FXBaskets is an American comedy television series that premiered on January 21, 2016 on FX. The series was co-created by Louis C.K. (Louie, Parks & Recreation, Horace and Pete) Zach Galifianakis (Bored to Death) and Jonathan Krisel (Man Seeking Woman), who is also the showrunner. Galifianakis stars in the dual lead role as Chip Baskets, a failed professional clown in Paris, who instead becomes a local rodeo clown in Bakersfield, California and his twin brother Dale Baskets. Galifianakis, C.K., Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz and Andrea Pett-Joseph serve as executive producers, with FX Productions and Pig Newton as production companies.


With hopes and dreams, Chip Baskets sets out to become a professional clown. After failing to get a degree at a prestigious clowning school in Paris, France, he is stuck with a job at a local rodeo in his hometown of Bakersfield, California.


Main cast

  • Zach Galifianakis (Tru Calling, Bored to Death) as non-identical twin brothers Chip Baskets and Dale Baskets
  • Martha Kelly as Martha Brooks, a low-key insurance agent who is Chip’s only friend and tolerates his angry and rude treatment of her.
  • Louie Anderson, as Mom Baskets.

Recurring cast

  • Sabina Sciubba as Penelope, a French woman who is married to Chip, but outright tells him she does not love him at all and only married him so she could live in America.
  • Ernest Adams as Eddie, the owner and manager of the Buckaroo Rodeo.
  • Ellen D. Williams (How I Met Your Mother) as Nicole Baskets, Dale’s wife.
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