The longform.com guide to standup
. Not a ranking, but rather a collection of links to long form articles about some legendary stand-up comedians. [more inside]
Louis C.K. explains to Conan O'Brien why he hates smartphones
. "You need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That's what the phones are taking away, is the ability to just sit there. That's being a person.
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?
Top dog comedian, Louis C.K., has picked up a number of industry nods
for the talented writing, acting, editing, and directing he does for his show Louie
on FX. The highbrow aesthetics of the show might come as a surprise to anyone that remembers his Hollywood flop, Pootie Tang
, but C.K. also created a number of indie comedy shorts during the 90s and 00s that may now merit closer attention: Ice Cream (1993)
, The Letter V (1998)
, The Legend of Willie Brown (1998)
, Ugly Revenge (??)
, Hijacker (1998)
, Hello There (1998)
, Brunch (1998)
, Searching for Nixon (2006)
, Persona Ne'll Aqua (1999)
. [more inside]
Tuna the Movie
is an independent comedy from 2000 starring the then-unknown Louis C.K and Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson). The movie has been uploaded in full by its writer Adam De Coster
After I called out to him, Tosh paused for a moment. Then, he says, “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by like, 5 guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her…”Daniel Tosh
has more or less apologized
after a Tumblr user posted a friend's experience at one of his recent shows.
But the controversy has now somehow drawn in Louis C.K.,
who posted an apparent message of support
for Tosh on Twitter the same week a date-rape-themed episode of Louie aired on FX.
C.K. has also broached heckling
[NSFW], and had previously defended Tracy Morgan
in a similarly charged situation. [more inside]
Louis C.K. on eating pressure and providing an alternative to The Man
- "I ask him to think about what he really needs; when he tells me, I give him a little more. It buys me goodwill with this person; I feel good about what I'm paying them. I like to give people a little more than they want, and I like to ask people for a little less than they're willing to give." [more inside]
The power of the Reddit AMA
: Forbes on the "interview revolution that has everyone talking." "Comedian Louis CK
took a chance on a Reddit AMA by offering Redditors the chance to purchase his Live at Beacon Theater performance for $5 through his website. The result: over $1 million in sales in the first 10 days and a new distribution method. (previously
) ... One New York Times bestselling author I spoke to saw their Amazon rank jump from 800 to 400 and stick, meaning a spike in hundreds and possibly thousands of books a day for more than a week." Just today, Kevin Smith
and Steve Albini
stopped by to chat with Redditors; other celebs who have done AMAs include Bob Odenkirk
, Ken Jennings
and Molly Ringwald
. But it's not all about celebrities -- ordinary people with interesting stories do AMAs as well, including a former "Daily Show" intern
and a couple
who met through a Craig's List missed connections ad.
"Some critics have said in response to this that if the Catholic church's insurance does not cover Sandra Fluke's birth control, it shouldn't cover Cardinal Dolan's Viagra. Oh, no, no, no, that's called celibacy plus. That's how the pros do it. Because chastity is one thing, but it shows true commitment to uphold your vows when you are sporting a crook you could hang a miter on. Oh, wow, see you at mass on Sunday, sir? I hope he doesn't become Pope. I'm a Catholic, it's okay. I go to confession, it will be fine. "
- Stephen Colbert, speaking at the TIME 100 Gala, in front of Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan [more inside]
In the wake of Louis C.K.'s tremendously successful experiment
), Aziz Ansari of Parks and Recreation
fame has released his own self-produced comedy special, "Dangerously Delicious,"
straight to fans and DRM
"I think Louis has hit on some sort of subterranean undercurrent of emotion that I didn’t realize might be swelling until I listened more closely: shame
Louis' Challenge: To Torrent or Not
The Pirate Bay is discussing (under the link to down the torrent) of the thing Louis CK is asked
: Please don't torrent this video. I paid for the whole thing with my own stupid money. [more inside]
Louis C. K. Plans Online Broadcast of Comedy Concert
Stand up comedian Louis C.K. announced on the Conan show
(forward to about 9'10" into the video for the discussion) that he is taping a comedy special that will be broadcast only on the Internet. [more inside]
One of the most radically original TV shows in recent memory is Louie
. It's written, directed, edited, and produced by comedian Louis C.K.
, who stars as a (thinly) fictionalized version of himself. The A.V. Club
recently sat down with Louis C.K. to talk through the show's second season, episode by episode. He sheds light on many aspects of the show, including the much-discussed Dane Cook episode
. (Louis C.K. previously: 1 2 3 4
Louis CK talks about what George Carlin meant to him
during a New York Public Library tribute to Carlin
hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, that also featured, among others, Ben Stiller, Kevin Smith and Carlin's children Kelly and Patrick.
GQ: Teats Out: An Oral History of the Rise and Fall (and Rise) of "The Dana Carvey Show." "Steve Carell. Stephen Colbert. Louis C.K. Charlie Kaufman. Robert Smigel. Some of comedy's greatest minds got one of their biggest breaks on the short-lived but much-loved "The Dana Carvey Show." Fifteen years later, in this exclusive oral history, the players recount the brief but fertile life of a truly unusual show"
, all eight episodes of which are available on Hulu
. (Previously) [more inside]
Comedian Louis CK on the Opie and Anthony
radio show discussing consumers and commercialism:
) (part 2
) (part 3
). [more inside]
The premise of HBO's hour-long special "Talking Funny
" [Part 2, 3, 4]
is simple: invite four top-ranked comedians — Ricky Gervais, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Louis C.K. — turn on the cameras, and let them talk shop for an hour. There are laughs, of course, but the most interesting parts focus on the technical craft of getting those laughs. Michael Bierut didn't tune in looking for lessons for designers, but he found seven
. [more inside]
[NSFW: swear words galore] Hecklers
, the bane of many a performance. Here you can watch a documentary about Hecklers
[ part 1
- part 2
- part 3
- part 4
] and other critics. Someone at the beginning of that "Heckler" movie says something like, "A show was never made better because of a heckler." If only all of the banter was as funny as when Matt Walsh was heckled at SXSW.
More often, it's like how Kyle Kinane states right off the bat during his act: "Every trainwreck needs a fuckin’ caboose; let’s get it over with,"
before he launches into a semi-drunken 9-minute conversation/shoutfest. But every once in a while, you get the perfect "point, counterpoint" moment.
Let's see how different stand-up comedians react when the social contract of audience/performer is broken. [more inside]
Louis C.K. has what most artists dream of: total creative control over his show
Tweets of Anarchy
and Replying with the Enemy
: A look at television showrunners' Twitter feeds by Myles McNutt
Monica Potts on Louis CK and privilege:
"For the most part, people of color are the ones who initiate serious discussions about race and privilege in the public sphere -- and in the world of comedy ... Some white comedians, like Sarah Silverman, tend to joke about
racism, making fun of white people and their ignorance in ways that shock and offend. ... But Louis' comedy is about being a white man -- and about how others view white men. He doesn't accept ignorance as a point of view. Moreover, this isn't the occasional stand-up bit; a significant number of his jokes are about race, class, and gender." [more inside]
Louis CK is a pretty funny guy
. While the Boston comic hasn't fared well in scripted formats -- projects like The Dana Carvey Show
, Pootie Tang
, and Lucky Louie
were all commercial flops -- his stand-up is quite popular, and his new series Louie
(premiering tonight on FX) looks like a winner
-- and just in time
, too. But that's something you'd need a TV to know about. Luckily, the guy's a big hit on YouTube
, and has even added some of his own homemade content to the mix. Click inside for a collection of some of his best (and most NSFW) routines. [more inside]
Pootie Tang Screen Test
is an amusing four-minute video that includes a kick from Capoeira
), a Brazilian Martial Art previously mentioned here
. If you liked the screen test, you may enjoy the movie
or the trailer