Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
It’s weird to me that a comedian from Boston has become one of the most inspiring creators working today. Chalk that up to the wonders of the world — if such things were predictable they wouldn’t be so wonderful to realize.
The standup routines Louis C.K. performs have become more and more honest over the past few years, and his show on FX, Louie, has refined that honesty into the sort of television that comes around once a generation. Louis C.K. writes, directs, produces and edits the show, with a degree of freedom that is almost unheard-of in television. He says things that no one else seems to be saying, but it isn’t just the saying — it’s that he questions his own approach to comedy, and to life, through every show. By letting us in on that process of self-evaluation, the guy who made a wild joke about duck vaginas has become the guy whose plain language suggets a way to live a better life: Don’t be selfish. Keep your mind open. Learn, always.
Even better than Louis C.K.’s show has been the occasional interview where he talks, often with genuine wonder and joy, about the process of creating his material and the show. He just released a new stand-up special via his own website; you pay $5 and can download or stream the show. As part of the promotional push for the special he took to Reddit to answer questions from fans. His answers are hilarious and enlightening. And, for those who might have wondered, he does want to make a film in the future.
So this is really a post to say “holy shit, Louis C.K. has become great in a way that just boggles my mind, but also gives me a glowing hope for the future that I almost can’t even bear.” But there is some movie-related content, too, and you can read that after the break. Read More »