"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 [...]
Last night's 90-minute episode of Louie was based off a true experience in Louis C.K.'s life. Via EW, here's audio of C.K. telling the story of stealing a bunch of scales from his science class as a teen to trade for pot, recorded at the LA standup show Comedy Death-Ray in 2006. The version of the story C.K. told as a standup is not nearly as dark as the fictionalized TV version, but pretty entertaining nonetheless.
Sad news for fans of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the all-star cameos on Louie this season: The recently deceased actor was originally slated to appear in tonight's two-part flashback episode "In the Woods." Here's what Jeremy Renner — who shows up in the episode — told Yahoo last month:
I just did a little bit on Louie that's coming out next month. That was fun, and he's a good dude. I was happy to do that, but it was like: in and out. I could go in for three days and have some fun and move on … Phil [Seymour] Hoffman was supposed to be in it, too. [...]