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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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. 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.
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 [...]
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 [...]