Watched Louis C.K. Live (319/366)

“I’ll do what I can for you guys …”
~ Louis C.K.

A few months ago, Aaron saw that Louis C.K. was coming to the Bay Area for a few nights, and we all jumped at the chance to see him live.

Louis C.K. has written for comedians like David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Dana Carvey, and Chris Rock, and has been doing stand-up for decades.  He began acting in the mid 2000’s and currently writes, directs, and stars in his own FX comedy, “Louie” which is part his standup and part scenes loosely drawn from his life.  He also guest stars occasionally in my absolute favorite comedy on TV right now, “Parks and Recreation” although he had a more regular part on the show a few seasons ago – I was so sad when his character left!

The “C.K.” in his name is actually an approximation of what his last name (Székely) sounds like.  It’s Hungarian: he’s half Irish, a quarter Hungarian, and a quarter Mexican (of Spanish and Mexican Indian decent, to be more precise).  And although he was born in Washington D.C., he was raised in Mexico City until he was 7 – Spanish is actually his first language, and he still retains his Mexican citizenship.

All this to say, he has a varied background, has led a varied life, and I think that’s a part of what makes his comedy so great.  His irreverent style is based essentially on human observation – he talks about real-life situations, but has the audacity to say what a lot of people might think for a split second, but not dare say because of social norms.  In the simplest of terms, Louis C.K. just “keeps it real” – and it’s hilarious.

We also really like Louis C.K. because of his pioneering of a new kind of entertainment distribution – he’s one of the very few artists that sells his work on his website for a fraction of the cost it might be to purchase elsewhere – he cuts out the middle men and their associated fees, and therefore is able to offer his comedy to fans for a lower price and less headache.  Attached to this more affordable structure is a simple request from Louis C.K. that people don’t pirate his work.

He applied this idea to sales of tickets for the tour he’s on, and it worked brilliantly.  Instead of thousands of tickets being snatched up and scalped for exorbitant amounts, and outrageous “convenience” fees charged to his fans from ticketing sites, he sold tickets exclusively on his website, for a flat amount for any seat, any day.  He also had a system in place to deter people from scalping with a warning that if any tickets were re-sold for higher than the original amount, those tickets would cease to be valid.  His entire tour sold out in two days.

We thoroughly enjoyed our night with Louis C.K. and can’t wait to see more!

Related Links:
Louis C.K. website 

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