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Monday, December 6th, 2010

Louis CK Absolutely Kills It on The Tonight Show


Louis CK joined Leno on The Tonight Show on Friday night, and he was amazing. Louis' standup is so conversational that he often does new material on a talk show couch that later ends up in a standup special, such as when he debuted "Everything is Amazing and Nobody's Happy" to Conan before bringing it to Hilarious. This is no different. Sure, he has to sort of ignore Leno's lame questions, but man is he funny.

Part one of the interview is above, parts two and three are below. And of course, thanks to NBC for splitting this up into three parts for no conceivable reason.

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  • http://labelsinprogress.com tenthrow

    That… Was… AMAZING!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Graffam/1409671705 Tim Graffam

    lol. Agreed. That was friggin excellent.

  • http://singleladad.blogspot.com Single L.A. Dad

    I caught his show last Thursday at the Gibson Ampitheathre in Los Angeles. Fantastic stuff – talk about a comedian who has hit his stride.

  • http://sorryyourheinous.tumblr.com/ sorry your heinous

    Fantastic. Louis CK is so damn good. Can't believe this was on Leno.

  • http://sorryyourheinous.tumblr.com/ sorry your heinous

    Sure, he has to sort of ignore Leno's lame questions, but man is he funny.

    I always wonder (for anyone that has behind the scenes knowledge of these things) how many of those banal questions are set-ups? In this case, even though the questions were lame, they did seem to give Louis something to riff on.

    • http://splitsider.com Adam Frucci

      I dunno, questions like "Got plans for the holidays?" seemed super generic and Louis just breezed on past 'em. I'm sure many times they discuss what stories the guest has ahead of time, but that didn't seem to be the case here.

      • Todd Sentz

        This is all material from his latest tour. So yes – they were all set-up questions.

      • SpyMagician

        I thought it was pretty well known that Leno makes 100% no effort to pre-question guests himself for interviews. He just runs through generic questions his staff puts together.

        Nothing like the good old days of late night TV where Letterman, Carson and Snyder had real conversations.

        • http://sorryyourheinous.tumblr.com/ sorry your heinous

          Ah, very interesting

  • grovberg

    Leno seems to be a tad delusional about his ratings. My understanding is that he pulls in closer 2 to 3 million viewers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Jones/603440746 Jeff Jones

    Leno almost ruins a very funny bit by constantly agreeing with every sentence CK says and adding no actual value. He actually seems uncomfortable doing the job he's done for years and CK actually ignores some of his questions as if to say "we all know you're just wallpaper here, Jay." CK is really funny though, adding just a bit of social critique that most comedians are too afraid or self-absorbed to try.

  • Incitatus

    The man is funny and everything was very entertaining until part three were he started sucking up to blacks and also putting down Whites, and specially his own kids and kith and kin.

    Negroes never had it so good in their whole history like they have it in this country. Look at how they are still hacking themselves to pieces in Africa.

    Yes 145 years ago is a long, long time and slavery was then something looked upon differently than it is now.

    Life in this world has been unfair since time immemorial. Equality and “bleeding heart humanism” is a modern invention.

    Too bad this clown is haunted by self-hating White guilt. Otherwise he could be very funny.

  • Rodney Lauver

    To be clear, I am not calling for the end of using jokes in a best man speech. As I stated earlier, everyone enjoys jokes. The point I'm making is that as you write your toast, assess your strengths and weaknesses. Maybe you're a Anthony La Rocca funny guy. If this is the case, by all means you should use jokes. If you aren't Louis C.K., just speak from the heart and let the people know how you feel.