“Stand-up is crazy because I know what I’m going to say, and they don’t know. They are just sitting there, listening. So I can take a second because I know I’m about to ruin your life with this material… On the show I try to do that too. If I’m slowing things up a little bit, it’s because I know the next scene is going to be an assault on your senses.”
— Louis C.K. in an interview with KCRW’s The Treatment on the parallels between how both his stand-up and show have pauses and slower moments.