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A young whippersnapper shows Louis CK that he’s not always right.

14:32 // 5 months ago
November 16, 2013
16:30 // 9 months ago
April 5, 2013
laughingsquid:

New York Times Interview with Louis C. K.

“I’ve got maybe 10 years to ladle the butter into a jar for my kids and then die,” he said over a recent breakfast in the West Village.
Side note: He has some great stuff in this Howard Stern interview about his creative process.

laughingsquid:

New York Times Interview with Louis C. K.

“I’ve got maybe 10 years to ladle the butter into a jar for my kids and then die,” he said over a recent breakfast in the West Village.

Side note: He has some great stuff in this Howard Stern interview about his creative process.

9:18 // 1 year ago
October 7, 2012

Because it needs to be spelled out …

captainsway says: …so you’re saying it CAN be applied to rape?

» SFB says: No, I’m saying it’s idiotic to imply that a comment about comedic bravery immediately applies to rape jokes. — Ernie @ SFB

11:29 // 1 year ago

clowder-l says: "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." This piqued my curiosity. Would the staff of this blog say this applies to rape jokes? What this specific quote doesn't mention is context, so it's hard to say if it's implying that it only applies to survivors telling these sort of dark and cathartic jokes. I doubt this set would have been received the same way if told by someone who didnt have terminal cancer.

» SFB says: If you’ve ever watched Louis C.K.’s show or comedy routines, you’d realize he’s the kind of person who can make a joke about anything in any context, under the belief that anything can be funny, though he’d be quick to turn the focus on the unexpected target. My take: You’re missing the point of his comment. Instead of thinking that this immediately applies to rape jokes or jokes about genocide or what have you, Louie is saying that great comedy is supposed to challenge you with unexpected contexts and nuances, which is something that Tig Notaro’s set did. Instead of looking for ways to tear apart the comment, look at the context and the roots that he was getting at. — Ernie @ SFB

10:09 // 1 year ago
October 6, 2012
laughingsquid:

Comedian Tig Notaro’s Legendary Set Now Available Through Louis C.K.

Louis CK’s e-mail regarding this was epic. An excerpt:

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.

Worth repeating: ”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.”

laughingsquid:

Comedian Tig Notaro’s Legendary Set Now Available Through Louis C.K.

Louis CK’s e-mail regarding this was epic. An excerpt:

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.

Worth repeating: ”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.”

13:22 // 1 year ago
May 14, 2012
13:51 // 2 years ago
December 14, 2011
I really hope people keep buying it a lot, so I can have #(&!loads of money, but at this point I think we can safely say that the experiment really worked. If anybody stole it, it wasn’t many of you. Pretty much everybody bought it. And so now we all get to know that about people and stuff. I’m really glad I put this out here this way and I’ll certainly do it again.
Comedian Louis C.K. • Expressing pleasure at the success of his self-produced comedy special, “Live at the Beacon Theater.” The comic, currently on an upswing as a result of his hit FX comedy “Louie,” did something fairly novel with the release model for the special — he threw it online himself, charged $5 for streaming or a digital download, passed on the DRM, and made a point of asking nicely for people not to throw the video on torrent sites. (Some did, but they were roundly criticized by their Pirate Bay peers.) The result of Louis C.K.’s move? In just its first couple of days on sale, it sold 110,000 copies, leading to $500,000 in sales and $200,000 in pure profit. He puts it like such: “This is less than I would have been paid by a large company to simply perform the show and let them sell it to you, but they would have charged you about $20 for the video.” Which means, guys, that Louis C.K. is a genius apparently. source (viafollow)
10:23 // 2 years ago