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The Standup Special Returns to Its Roots

Shortly after standup comedy burst free from the confines of Borscht Belt theaters and metropolitan nightclubs, cable television began its successful infiltration of the American living room, and the marriage between the evolving art and the expanding medium soon spawned a wholly new creation: the standup special. Many of these early performances were filmed on college campuses (Robert Klein at Haverford College, 1975; George Carlin at USC, 1977), evidence of the craft’s rapid transformation of character. Once relegated to a few shadowy corners of nightlife and the counterculture, standup had, by the mid-1970s, established itself unequivocally within the cultural firmament of the young, the intellectual, and the hip.

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Louis C.K. and Letterman Talk Disappointed Fans, The Comedy Store, and His New Standup Special

Here's a clip from Louis C.K.'s visit to last night's Late Show, where he and Letterman talked about how it feels to disappoint fans in the audience while performing standup ("The more people you reach and the more people that see you, the more people are gonna think that you suck") and how C.K. recorded his new standup special at The Comedy Store despite never getting a full audition with owner Mitzi Shore. Watch C.K. offer his two cents on the New England Patriots' deflated balls controversy, as well as a five-minute preview of Live at the Comedy Store, below:

Louis C.K. on Chris Rock's Film Career: "All He Really Needed to Do Was Be Who He Is Onstage"

"Louis C.K. thinks that the solution to Rock’s movie problem was obvious in retrospect. 'His honesty and thoughtfulness and intelligence—it isn't a good match for just putting a guy up there, building a big premise around him, and raking in the bucks,' he says. 'Chris was trying to figure out the formula to make a movie, but all he really needed to do was be who he is onstage.'"

- Louis C.K. reflects on Chris Rock's movie career and new film Top Five in a new profile in The New Yorker.

FX Orders Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K.'s 'Baskets' to Series

Earlier this year it was reported that Zach Galifianakis had teamed up with Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel to co-write and star in a new FX pilot, and today Variety reports that the project has now been given a series order. Titled Baskets, the series will follow Galifianakis as a man named Chip Baskets "who leaves his job in the corporate world to pursue his dreams of becoming a respected clown."

Baskets is part of C.K.'s multi-year development deal with FX to create and produce new shows. While this is awesome news, don't get too excited yet — production on the 10-episode debut season will begin [...]

Louis C.K., Amy Schumer Headline Funny or Die's Oddball Tour 2014

Last summer, Funny Or Die held its first ever comedy tour, The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, with Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords headlining. Today, they announced the lineup for the 2014 Oddball tour, with 21 dates across the nation starting out this summer, with a whole slew of big-name comedians set to appear, including Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman, Whitney Cummings, Jeff Ross, Marc Maron, Chris Hardwick, Hannibal Buress, Demetri Martin, Brent Morin, Dave Attell, DJ Trauma, Jermaine Fowler, Jerrod Carmichael, Jim Jefferies, Julian McCullough, Michael Che, Moshe Kasher, Reggie Watts, Ron Funches, Rory Scovel, and a second stage hosted [...]

Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Larry David, and More Join Comedy Central's 'Night of Too Many Stars'

Comedy Central's annual televised autism benefit Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs returns next month, and the network just revealed some of the all-star guests slated to appear: Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Larry David, Bill Burr, Jon Hamm, John Oliver, Paul Rudd, and Martin Short. The benefit will tape at the Beacon Theatre in New York with host Jon Stewart at the end of the month and will air on Sunday, March 8th at 8:00pm complete with live wrap-around coverage and a celebrity phone bank for viewers.

'Louie' Premieres on April 9th; C.K. to Direct FX Series Starring Pamela Adlon

FX revealed some new projects at TCA over the weekend, including the season 5 premiere of Louie and two other projects that are part of C.K.'s development deal with the network. Louie's eight-episode fifth season will premiere on April 9th at 10:30pm after the series premiere of Billy Crystal and Josh Gad's The Comedians, while frequent C.K. collaborator Pamela Adlon will star in her own comedy series called Better Things with C.K. onboard as director. Adlon will play "Sam, a working actor trying to earn a living, navigate her three daughters' lives, having fun with a friend or two, and also — just maybe — squeezing in [...]

Louis C.K. Just Explained His Unified Theory of Space and Mars and the Moon and Stuff

Just a few days after announcing the vinyl release of his standup special Oh My God, Louis C.K. delivered a bizarre Twitter rant this afternoon proclaiming some of his theories about Mars, moons, and the universe at large. It's much better seen than explained…then again, there's no real explanation for this series of tweets anyway. Here they are in chronological order:

It really feels like Mars used to be a here that got globally warmed by some very us-y people-things.

— Louis C.K. (@louisck) October 8, 2014

I'm not saying I can prove it. I'm saying it feels like it.

— Louis C.K. (@louisck) October [...]

Ricky Gervais Tells Seth Meyers Why He's Angry with "Big Sweaty Slob" Louis C.K.

Here's a clip from Ricky Gervais's interview on last night's Late Night, in which he and Meyers talk about the differences between US and UK awards shows. This leads to Gervais realizing mid-interview that he's unhappy with "that big sweaty slob" Louis C.K. for never giving him the thank you he deserves.

Louis C.K.'s Season of Mini-Movies

"I want season four to go somewhere new," Louis C.K. said when he announced he'd be taking an extra year to complete the latest season of his FX series Louie, which wrapped up last night. What resulted was a season of Louie made up almost-entirely of multi-part episodes, with C.K. using the complete creative control FX gives him to make three movies, spread across multiple episodes, instead of creating 14 individual, self-contained episodes. Past seasons have seen C.K. straying away from vignettes and toying with multi-part episodes (like with season three's two-part episode "Daddy's Girlfriend," following Louie's adventurous first date with a mercurial woman played by Parker [...]

Buy Louis C.K.'s New Standup Special 'Live at the Comedy Store'

Louis C.K. just dropped his latest standup special Live at the Comedy Store. As always, it's available to purchase via his website for just $5.00. Here's what C.K. says on what you can expect from the special:

I developed and prepared this material over the last year or so, mostly in comedy clubs. This special kind of goes back to when I used to just make noises and be funny for no particular reason. It felt right to shoot this special in a club to give it that live immediate intimate feeling. The show is about an hour long. The opening act, who is seen at the beginning [...]

Weird Al, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Louis C.K., and Jim Gaffigan Get Grammy Noms

The Grammys announced their 2015 nominees today, and in addition to the late Joan Rivers scoring a nomination for Best Spoken World Album for Diary of a Mad Diva, the Best Comedy Album category is full of impressive competition. The five nominees this year: Weird Al's Mandatory Fun, Jim Gaffigan's Obsessed, Louis C.K.,'s Oh My God, Patton Oswalt's Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, and Sarah Silverman's We Are Miracles. Hopefully Patton Oswalt follows through on his promise for another epic battle against Weird Al when the Grammys air in February.

Louis C.K. on Joan Rivers: "It Really Fucking Sucks That She Had to Die All of a Sudden"

"I feel very lucky that I knew Joan Rivers and I feel very sad that she's gone. She was a great comedian and a wonderful person. I never saw someone attack a stage with so much energy. She was a controlled lightning bolt. She was a prolific and unpredictable, joyful joke writer. She loved comedy. She loved the audience. She was a great actress and should have done that more. She loved living and working. She was kind. She was real. She was brave. She was funny and you just wanted to be around her. I looked up to her. I learned from her. I loved her. I liked her. [...]

Season 5 of 'Louie' Will Premiere in Spring 2015 with Seven Episodes

More Louie episodes are on the way, and thankfully this time the wait won't be a long one. According to THR, FX announced today that they've renewed Louis C.K.'s series for an abbreviated seven-episode season to air sometime in spring 2015. The most recent season had 14 connected episodes that aired mostly back-to-back and earned the show five Emmy nominations for writing, acting, directing, casting, and Outstanding Comedy. "Louie’s fourth season was once again groundbreaking," said FX CEO John Landgraf in a statement. "Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking – always thought provoking. The show went to narrative and cinematic places no comedy has gone before and we [...]