Comic Louie Anderson waited for the role of a lifetime. He found it playing his own mom.

“When I step into the trailer, I’m Louie. But when I step out of the trailer, I am not. I leave Louie in the trailer.”

One of the most sympathetic, compelling portraits of motherhood on television centers on a performance by a man. On FX’s Baskets, which recently completed its third season, comedian Louie Anderson plays Christine Baskets, owner of a “family rodeo” and mother of twins Chip and Dale (both played by Zach Galifianakis), a part for which Anderson won an Emmy for

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