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'Baskets' on FX weaves a strangely beautiful, delicately weird dark comedy

'Baskets' on FX weaves a strangely beautiful, delicately weird dark comedy

In "Baskets," a dark and strangely beautiful new sitcom debuting Thursday on FX, Zach Galifianakis plays Chip Baskets, a man with two apparently impossible dreams.

The first is to be a clown of a particularly artistic, "European" sort. We meet him in Paris, where he is flunking out of the Académie de Clown Française and, having run out of money, is about to return to Bakersfield, Calif., where he will find work in a rodeo. Elaborately dressed and carefully made up, he will cast his pearls before swine and his body before bulls.

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