C.J. Toledano, a standup and former writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Onion News Network, wrote a piece for the Chicago comedy journal The Steamroller about getting some advice on standup from Louis C.K. nearly a decade ago.
At the time, Toledano was an 18-year-old dipping his toes into the comedy world and Louis C.K. was a comic and TV writer who was getting ready for his first starring role in HBO's Lucky Louie. Both Toledano and C.K. frequented the same Google Newsgroup, alt.comedy.standup (which is currently flooded with crazy spam), and Toledano wrote C.K. an email asking for comedy advice. Here's part of C.K.'s [...]
On Monday, September 2, FX Networks will debut its brand new comedy-skewed channel, FXX. For all the comedy that exists on television these days, no cable channel has launched with the specific intention of focusing on comedy since The Comedy Channel and Ha! merged into Comedy Central back in 1991. (Adult Swim was designated a separate network from the Cartoon Network in 2005 for ratings purposes, but still shares channel space.) Other networks like TBS and IFC have drifted into comedy-centric programming over time, slowly building original content amid reruns of acquired sitcoms and sketch shows. FX has followed that path as well, finding its first original [...]
The winners of the 2013 Peabody Awards, given for excellence in radio and TV were just announced, and Lorne Michaels, Louie, Girls, and D.L. Hughley's Comedy Central special The Endangered List all scored prizes. Lorne Michaels's award is a rare achievement in that the Peabody Awards rarely recognize individuals and give the majority of their accolades to TV shows or specials, but if anyone deserves it, it's the guy who simultaneously produces SNL, 30 Rock, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Portlandia. Portlandia was one of last year's Peabody winners alongside Parks and Recreation and The Colbert Report, two rare top-notch TV comedies that Lorne Michaels doesn't [...]
Louis C.K. talks a lot. It's his job. The guy's been doing stand-up for nearly 30 years now, which means that over the years, he's shared his thoughts on every subject imaginable. That's why we combed through C.K.'s stand-up specials, TV show, interviews, talk show appearances, and Reddit AMAs to compile this list of over 70 of his wisest and funniest quotes, arranged by topic. From capitalism to farts, politics to masturbation, we've got Louis C.K.'s thoughts on a wide range of topics, all at your fingertips. Enjoy!