4
| Comedy |

Louie C.K.: Five examples of his twisted comic wisdom

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

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."

3) Louie C.K. on Gay People

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!'"

2) Louie C.K. on Masturbation

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."

1) Louie C.K. on the Television Industry

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.


Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.