Louis C.K.

Louis C.K.’s ‘Live at the Comedy Store’ Is a Special With the Spontaneity of a Workshop Set

In Louis C.K.’s (second) email accompanying the announcement of his surprise new special Live at the Comedy Store, the comedian talked about small comedy clubs (as opposed to the larger theaters he’s been performing in) and why they have been — and remain — so important to him as an inventive, constantly performing comedian. Live at the Comedy Store was, as the title suggests, filmed at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, one of the many smaller comedy clubs where C.K. paid his dues as a comedian, and one that he still goes back to. Available via his website for $5, the special is something of a tribute to these clubs. It is also, of course, uproariously funny. … Read More

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The Best Quotes from Louis C.K.’s Charlie Rose Interview

Comedy god Louis C.K. stopped by Charlie Rose recently for a half-hour conversation, but we wish it were twice that (hell, we’d watch if it were four times as long). It can be hard to suffer through Charlie Rose interviews without yelling “SHUT UP!” at the screen, hoping he’ll stop interrupting his subject and just let them talk. With other guests, this is frustrating, but when Rose is cutting off Louis C.K.‘s stories, it’s downright infuriating. Still, when he actually stopped talking and let C.K. get a word in, we learned some fascinating stuff. … Read More

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‘Louie’ Season 4 Episodes 3 & 4 Recap: “So Did the Fat Lady”/”Elevator Part I”

Louie C.K.’s decision (and FX’s) to air this season’s 14 episodes of Louie in paired hours for seven weeks is bound to lead to some intriguing juxtapositions. Last week’s duo, “Back” and “Model,” served as counterpoints, showcasing the different types of narratives that Louie does well. That said, it almost seems that he might’ve been wiser to pair “Model” with last night’s “So Did The Fat Lady,” since the latter episode almost seems a response to the previous one (and to some of the smarter critiques that followed it). The trouble is, “Fat Lady” is also one of the weakest episodes of the show thus far, so perhaps it needed to be followed by an episode as strong as “Elevator Part I.” … Read More

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A Guide to Louis C.K.’s New York City

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‘Louie’ Season 4 Premiere Recap: “Back/Model”

Louie’s fourth-season premiere is appropriately titled “Back,” and the wait for it has been especially agonizing; it’s been 20 months since his third-season sign-off, with durable writer/director/star Louis C.K. taking a season off to recharge his creative batteries. Such long hiatuses can sometimes damage a show’s momentum, but not here; Louie’s first two episodes back indicate that he hasn’t skipped a beat, while pairing them (as did last night, and will do all season) highlights the show’s quiet versatility. … Read More

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Louis C.K. Is the New Woody Allen

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Louis C.K. is Not a Fan of Common Core

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