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Louis C.K. Tells The Classics. [4:08. Maybe NSFW?] All the classics told in that special Louis C. K. way: Why did the chicken cross the road? Why was six afraid of seven? Knock knock...Interrupting cow! Take my wife, please! What's the difference between Neil Armstrong and Michael Jackson?
posted by paleyellowwithorange (33 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
I dunno, man.
posted by grubi at 2:22 PM on May 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


That's a pretty good impression; pressed to do an imitation of Louis CK, I would have no idea what to do. Good on this dude's observational skills!
posted by Greg Nog at 2:27 PM on May 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Finally some one knocks Louis CK off his high horse! And in such a funny way! Comedy gold!
posted by mrnutty at 2:28 PM on May 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


He looks like an 18th century chinese villain.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:34 PM on May 1, 2013


He needs to do that think CK does where he kind of unconsciously gestures splay-handed toward and then eventually caresses the brick wall behind him while he's telling a joke.


Please tell me I'm not the only one who's noticed that.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:40 PM on May 1, 2013 [13 favorites]


shakespeherian: "...then eventually caresses the brick wall behind him while he's telling a joke.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who's noticed that.
"

Every time. It's like his security blanket or something.
posted by Big_B at 2:46 PM on May 1, 2013


Is he doing stand-up in front of a Coke machine? That would be pretty funny.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:54 PM on May 1, 2013


Maybe he just doesn't want to lose track of where the wall is, and slam into it by accident. I do something similar in my pitch-black hallway when I have to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. ...Check for the wall, I mean, not slam into it.
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:54 PM on May 1, 2013


MOO!
posted by Splunge at 3:11 PM on May 1, 2013


I see what you did there, Greg_Ace. Ha, ha, ha, ha. Awesome Louis C.K. riff right there.
posted by No Robots at 3:11 PM on May 1, 2013


Every time. It's like his security blanket or something.

I love...wall.
posted by infinitywaltz at 3:13 PM on May 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


That's a pretty dead-on impression, but I feel like if you're going to do an impression of someone, you should probably figure out how their name is pronounced.

(It's like the kings of France, not the city in Missouri.)
posted by Sys Rq at 3:15 PM on May 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


It's like the kings of France, not the city in Missouri.

Well, shit. All this time, I've been pronouncing it "Wentzville."
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:27 PM on May 1, 2013 [10 favorites]


That impression was actually really good, but the framing kinda ruined it for me. Also his creepy Louis CK costume.
posted by dfan at 3:57 PM on May 1, 2013


Wait - is that why the Kansas City MLB team is the Royals? I need to find that AskMe thread about stuff people didn't realize until they got a lot older or whatever so I can add this.
posted by The World Famous at 3:58 PM on May 1, 2013


He looks like an 18th century chinese villain.

Yeah, I got that weird yellowface vibe too. Clearly this Louis C.K. impression is racist against Asians. For shame, random Youtube impressionist.
posted by dgaicun at 3:59 PM on May 1, 2013


I would watch this special, whether performed by Louis CK or by the guy in the video. The chicken joke about chickens on farms fucking other chickens because they have no rational reason to cross the road was pretty dead on, as well as funny.
posted by Saxon Kane at 4:42 PM on May 1, 2013


The anecdote about his "daughter" made me feel almost exactly the same level of discomfort I feel when Louis C.K. tells jokes about his daughter.
posted by straight at 4:51 PM on May 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


The anecdote about his "daughter" made me feel almost exactly the same level of discomfort I feel when Louis C.K. tells jokes about his daughter.

Could you please elaborate why? I don't have kids, so I'm missing the nuance.
posted by erskelyne at 5:41 PM on May 1, 2013


We're used to comics airing their own dirty laundry; Louis CK airs his kids' too.
posted by seanmpuckett at 5:50 PM on May 1, 2013


So did Cosby, of course. Cosby didn't use the profanity and vulgarity of Louis C.K., obviously. But I'm not sure that's enough of a difference to make a difference, is it? I mean, I do get that level of discomfort during some of his bits where he drags his kids into it, but I can't quite put my finger on why I get it with him but don't get it with some other comedians who also drag their kids into it.
posted by The World Famous at 6:04 PM on May 1, 2013




It also has parallels with previous KC baseball team names Monarchs and Blues, and sort of the Chiefs, and it compliments the name of the other Missouri team. And maybe they just took the name from a Montreal minor league team that recently moved and freed up the name, which also fit the American Royal. Reputable non-Wikipedia sources only go as far as "at least part of the reason".
posted by fleacircus at 9:34 PM on May 1, 2013


Or heck, there's this.
posted by fleacircus at 9:38 PM on May 1, 2013


I was joking, but thanks.
posted by The World Famous at 9:41 PM on May 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


but I can't quite put my finger on why I get it with him but don't get it with some other comedians who also drag their kids into it.

I don't know about that, when Bernie Mac used to do his show he would call his son a little faggot because he apparently acted effeminate or something.

I've always thought a bunch of interviews with Mac's family would make a fascinating documentary.
posted by P.o.B. at 11:08 PM on May 1, 2013


He also does a Dane Cook.
posted by P.o.B. at 11:14 PM on May 1, 2013


It's an OK impression, but Louis doesn't shrug his shoulders all the time like that. It's more like a Richard Lewis impression with a bald wig on.
posted by fungible at 5:38 AM on May 2, 2013


I mean, I do get that level of discomfort during some of his bits where he drags his kids into it, but I can't quite put my finger on why I get it with him but don't get it with some other comedians who also drag their kids into it.

I think it's because Louis C.K. is basically always the butt of every joke he tells. Even when he's calling his kids assholes, the real joke is the outsized dickish personality it would take to call your kids assholes, and for this long. So he's not really telling jokes about his kids being assholes, because obviously they're not (or at least not more than any kid is). He's telling jokes about the crude jackass personality who would call his kids assholes in as public a forum as possible. So the strength and butt of the joke isn't an abstract concept, "some guy's kids", but it's the person right in front of you, spewing hilarious bloviation and vitriol. He puts the guy you ought to hate directly in your sightline, and actually, you kind of like him because he's really funny and maybe he has a point. Inducing that kind of discomfort is a huge part of what he does, I think.

There's this cool part in Talking Funny where Jerry Seinfeld retells a Louis C.K. bit that he's fond of. Because he's Seinfeld, though, he instinctively polishes up the bit and makes it this very structured, detached, observational piece, even as he's saying how the funniest part of the bit is how increasingly flustered and angry Louis C.K. gets when doing it. If you compare Seinfeld telling that joke to Louis telling that joke, it's pretty interesting how they're basically two different bits when filtered through the comics' respective personas.
posted by Errant at 6:00 AM on May 2, 2013 [5 favorites]


The subtle nuances of Cosby were almost always inversely matched to the brashness of Murphy.

But back then the number of performers was low enough that as long as you were funny and had a memorable enough name the rest didn't matter. (see: Shore)

These days it takes some weird combination of everything to "make it" as a comedian. (exception: Cook)
posted by Blue_Villain at 7:40 AM on May 2, 2013


Makes no sense. Chickens don't fuck other chickens. Roosters fuck chickens by spreading their wings and mounting the chicken grasping the chickens neck feathers in his beak from behind and when the chicken lowers her cloaca the sperm sack leaves the rooster and enters the chicken's vent whereupon the rooster dismounts, the chicken dusts herself off, smooths her ruffled feathers and then hunts for food. The hunt for food is the probable cause for her crossing a road of some kind.
posted by Smedleyman at 2:32 PM on May 2, 2013


I think it's because Louis C.K. is basically always the butt of every joke he tells.

The feminist comedy of Louis C.K. - "it's part of a comic vein that he has mined throughout his career: the awful ways that men, including himself, treat and, especially, think about women."
posted by kliuless at 10:28 PM on May 2, 2013


Good Louis C.K. impersonation. And...that's all.
posted by dr. strangelove at 4:47 PM on May 3, 2013


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