There's only one sitcom that I truly like, and I'm not even certain "Louie" is a true sitcom. It's probably more of comedy-drama. Regardless, the show is great. It's honest, funny, crazy and real. And, while I've never met Louis C.K. everything I read about and hear from him I seem to like. I'm sure, too, that like many of us he's a great, yet crappy dad.
I'm a pretty great dad, I think. But, I suck at times and make a ton of mistakes like we all do. Thankfully, I learned from a loving dad and mom and -- of course -- have an awesome wife by my side.
I don't, though, like the way many media fathers are portrayed. Lazy, fat, dumb. That's the standard version of a dad should you only watch bad TV and movies. Thankfully, Louis C.K. and others ("Friday Night Lights" comes to mind) have helped position fatherhood in a different, real and more positive light.
To this end, even though it's a few weeks past Father's Day, I had to share the below. It's good stuff and no matter how you see fatherhood, your father or the kids in your life you should share this and embrace the message.
A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.
He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.
Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.
He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.
He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.