Jokes on Louis CK
Jared Sperli stashed this in comedy
Stashed in: @louisck
<Currently on a yearlong hiatus from “Louie,” he has filmed a small part in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” and is shooting a role in a movie by David O. Russell (the director of “Silver Linings Playbook”) about the Abscam sting operation.>
That last thing sounds pretty interesting. :-)
This is kind of amazing:
Q. You’ve spent the last several months on a tour where you sold tickets only through your Web site. How did that go?
A. Boy, did that work. It was so satisfying to get that done. The special, I didn’t need to do anything. I just made it and offered it. But the tickets were really tricky. The big ticket companies make exclusive arrangements with these rooms. They pay them just to not work with others. So if a company gives you 30 grand a year to stay away from anybody else, you need it. We didn’t attack their territory. We just went to places that they didn’t care about.
Louis CK has incredible work ethic:
You have the platform. You have the level of recognition.
So why do I have the platform and the recognition?
At this point you’ve put in the time.
There you go. There’s no way around that. There’s people that say: “It’s not fair. You have all that stuff.” I wasn’t born with it. It was a horrible process to get to this. It took me my whole life. If you’re new at this — and by “new at it,” I mean 15 years in, or even 20 — you’re just starting to get traction. Young musicians believe they should be able to throw a band together and be famous, and anything that’s in their way is unfair and evil. What are you, in your 20s, you picked up a guitar? Give it a minute.
Louis CK on everyone paying attention to him:
You’ve reached a point where almost anything you do or say makes news. Does that start to become constraining? Do you second-guess yourself?
It’s not constraining. Every time I say anything, it goes to all these places. So what do I do about that? Do I not say anything anymore? Or do I go, “What are the best ways to say stuff?” I think Twitter’s very dangerous for me. But I’m like: “Don’t tweet anymore. Don’t make ad hoc comments to the press anymore.” I don’t comment on stuff that’s got nothing to do with me. I think it’s better to talk through your work. So I just do jokes.
Careful there, Louis.