Louis C.K. fans listen up: the dirty, dirty comedian is about to air his next stand-up comedy special on HBO this week. In Louis C.K.: Oh My God, Louie discusses such topics as the food chain, animals, divorce, strange anecdotes, broken morality, murder and mortality. The stand-up, which features brand-new material, was taped at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. Written, directed and executive produced by Louis C.K. (per usual, he does it all), Oh My God debuts April 13 at 10PM on HBO, so set your DVRs accordingly.
Watch a trailer starring C.K. above, and after the break you’ll find a few more clips promoting the special. (Click here for more…)
Louis C.K. promotes Tig Notaro’s raw stand-up comedy about her cancer diagnosis and other misfortunes
Stand-up comic Tig Notaro was very recently diagnosed with cancer. Breast cancer in both breasts. And then her mother died. And she went through a breakup. All within the span of four months. So terribly tragic, yes? Well now it’s time to laugh about it.
Just days after Tig was diagnosed, she performed at a famous LA comedy club Largo, spilling her guts to a receptive audience. In attendance was a friend of hers, comedian Louis C.K. He enjoyed the set so much so that he offered to take the recording of it and sell it on his website. She agreed and now you can hear very raw, genuine, and yes, unexpectedly hilarious vent.
Louie shared with his fans why exactly he is selling someone else’s comedy on his website. The story is as follows…
Well, Tig is a friend of mine and she is very funny. I love her voice on stage. One night I was performing at a club in LA called Largo. Tig was there. She was about to go on stage. I hadn’t seen Tig in about a year and I said how are you? She replied “well I found out today that I have cancer in both breasts and that it has likely spread to my lymph nodes. My doctor says it looks real bad. “. She wasn’t kidding. I said “uh. Jesus. Tig. Well. Do you… Have your family… Helping?”. She said “well my mom was with me but a few weeks ago she fell down, hit her head and she died”. She still wasn’t kidding.
Now, I’m pretty stupid to begin with, and I sure didn’t know what to say now. I opened my mouth and this came out. “jeez, Tig. I. Really value you. Highly.”. She said “I value you highly too, Louie.”. Then she held up a wad of note-paper in her hand and said “I’m gonna talk about all of it on stage now. It’s probably going to be a mess”. I said “wow”. And with that, she went on stage.
I stood in the wings behind a leg of curtain, about 8 feet from her, and watched her tell a stunned audience “hi. I have cancer. Just found out today. I’m going to die soon”. What followed was one of the greatest standup performances I ever saw. I can’t really describe it but I was crying and laughing and listening like never in my life. Here was this small woman standing alone against death and simply reporting where her mind had been and what had happened and employing her gorgeously acute standup voice to her own death.
The show was an amazing example of what comedy can be. A way to visit your worst fears and laugh at them. Tig took us to a scary place and made us laugh there. Not by distracting us from the terror but by looking right at it and just turning to us and saying “wow. Right?”. She proved that everything is funny. And has to be. And she could only do this by giving us her own death as an example. So generous.
Just like everything else Louie sells on the site, you can download Tig’s audio-only performance for $5. Louie keeps a buck and the remaining four go to Tig, some of which she says will go to cancer research. Louie goes on to report that the comedienne “has since undergone a double mastectomy. She is doing well. Her doctors say her chances of survival are excellent.” So with all this said, now it’s time for you to sit back, relax, and indulge yourself in content matter you otherwise would think is dark, depressing, and despairing. But it’s not so bad, I promise, you will come out the other end with a finely tuned perspective on life…or at least a smile on your face.
Download Tig Notaro Live here. In the digital booklet Tig emphasizes that she “named this album “LIVE” as in “to keep not dying”–not “live” as in “I saw her live performance.” She continues, “This title not only makes sense to me considering the subject matter, it simply makes me laugh to think of having to correct everyone that pronounces it incorrectly.”
Louie Louie Louie Louieeeeeee. Sing it. You know you want to.
Tonight stand-up comedian Louis C.K. returns to your television screen in his highly lauded comedy Louie. The season three premiere is called “Something is Wrong” and the log line goes like this: “Louie has a challenging day.” This has got to be good. As you should be used to by now, C.K. wrote, directed, and edited the episode; you will see his name plastered all over the opening credits throughout the 13-episode season. He hit a high point in last year’s war-themed “Duckling,” and he’s still red hot following the massive success that was Live at the Beacon Theatre. Expect a bunch of guest stars to pop up throughout the season including Oscar winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and fellow comedians Robin Williams and Jerry Seinfeld (the latter will help carry a three episode arc towards the end of the season).
Louie airs Thursday nights at 10:30PM on FX. Also premiering tonight on the cable network is the return of Charlie Sheen in Anger Management (9PM) and Wilfred season 2 (10PM).
In related news, C.K. is going on tour again soon. It starts on October 3 in Cleveland, OH and comes to a close on February 1 in Washington, DC. He’s following his previous means of success (read: Live at the Beacon Theatre) by directly selling tickets to his fans through his website. Tickets go for $45, no fees, no annoying emails.
In a blog post he explained, “Making my shows affordable has always been my goal but two things have always worked against that. High ticket charges and ticket re-sellers marking up the prices. Some ticketing services charge more than 40% over the ticket price and, ironically, the lower I’ve made my ticket prices, the more scalpers have bought them up, so the more fans have paid for a lot of my tickets.” He continued, “By selling the tickets exclusively on my site, I’ve cut the ticket charges way down and absorbed them into the ticket price. To buy a ticket, you join NOTHING. Just use your credit card and buy the damn thing.” And he means business. “Also, you’ll see that if you try to sell the ticket anywhere for anything above the original price, we have the right to cancel your ticket (and refund your money). this is something I intend to enforce. There are some other rules you may find annoying but they are meant to prevent someone who has no intention of seeing the show from buying the ticket and just flipping it for twice the price from a thousand miles away.”
Update: He did it again, only this time he did it faster. According to the AP, Louis sold 100,000 tickets and raked in $4.5 million in sales in 45 hours. He shared his excitement in a tweet: “I guess it was a good idea.”
Following Louis C.K.’s enormous success, Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari is self-distributing a brand new stand-up special. The comedian promises that the one-hour special is uncensored, uncut, contains zero ads, and no bleeps. Dangerously Delicious, which was filmed last year at The Warner Theatre in Washington DC, is now available for download at Aziz’s website. It’s steal, just like Louis’ special, at only $5. Now will it gross over $1 million in two weeks? Perhaps not, but I like how Louis is influencing his peers. Get a taste of what you can expect in Aziz’s special after the break. (Click here for more…)
When NBC kicked out Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien, they made sure his contract stipulated that he could not display his talents on television until September 2010. But that doesn’t stop him from performing on the road! According to TheWrap.com, Conan is planning a live comedy tour and he’s making dates for the initial run as we speak. Conan Live should keep our appetite whet until Fox picks him up in the fall. Everybody–CoCo, CoCo, CoCo!