Louie C.K.: Five examples of his twisted comic wisdom
Like Lenny Bruce in the '60s, George Carlin in the '70s or Bill Hicks in the '90s, Louie C.K. could go down as the premier comic of this decade. His standup specials have not only changed the course of comedy material, but have changed the business of stand-up comedy. C.K. will be performing to a sold-out crowd at the Bellco Theatre this Saturday.
For those of you who couldn't land a ticket, here's a primer on some of Louie C.K.'s most memorable social commentaries. See also: Katt Williams melts down on stage, threatens and spits on fan Andrew Orvedahl and Adam Cayton-Holland to record comedy albums at the Bug Theater Kristin Rand, of the all-female comedy group Ladyface, talks stand-up vs. sketch
5)Louie C.K. on Being White
While most comics either work to avoid controversy or wrap themselves in controversy like a mink coat, Louie C.K. has found that perfect middle ground of sounding controversial while actually saying something that often rings true with an audience. "I'm white, and thank God for that! It's a huge leg up. If you're not white, you're missing out," he says with a straight face. "But let me be clear: I'm not saying white people are better; I'm saying being white is clearly better. And I'm a man! How many advantages can one person have?"
4) Louie C.K. on Girls vs. Boys
Like Bill Cosby or Ben Roy, having children has given Louie C.K. a wealth of stand-up comedy material, which often connects with audience members who have domestic horror stories of their own. In this clip, C.K. establishes the difference between boys -- who are mindlessly, primitively cruel -- and girls, who are much more strategically cruel, grinding themselves into your psyche until they have "shit inside of your heart."
Bravely dissecting 21st-century political correctness -- without the antagonism of some, or the timidity of others -- C.K. manages to somehow use offensive language, while actually defending the people that language is meant to offend. "I don't understand hating gay people. They don't affect your life, what do you care?" he says. "I could understand if you're trying to mow your lawn and two guys are blowing each other on the grass. 'Ah, I have to cut around you faggots every Sunday -- I'm sick of this shit!'"
If you google "Louie C.K. masturbation," you'll end up with a half-day's worth of comedy clips to wade through. Self-deprecation has always been a strong theme in alternative comedy, and C.K. has often invited the world into the sad desperation that is his mono-sex life. Here he illustrates the incessant need that is his male libido. "I need to come. It's a need. I came the first time when I was twelve and I haven't skipped a day since. And I've fucked maybe twenty times in my life, so it's mostly me doing the work."
In season three of his universally acclaimed FX series, Louie, the once small-time comic is given the opportunity to try out for David Letterman's chair on the CBS. To guide him through the process, Louie is sent to Jack Dall (played beautifully by famed director David Lynch), who is an old hand at the late-night TV biz...with old being the operative word. With his teenage agent in tow, 25-year comic Louie C.K. must endure the humiliation of entry-level comedy instructions.
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