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'SNL' Review: Louis C.K. Gets Ballsy for the Season 40 Finale

As we've seen throughout SNL's 40th season, standup comedian hosts bring with them strong points of view that dictate the temperament of their episodes. Sarah Silverman launched her night with her signature irreverence, followed by sketches that made light of Ebola, white privilege, and the late Joan Rivers. Chris Rock aimed to ease audiences' discomfort over topics like the Boston Marathon bombing and 9/11, with his sketches (including confusing twists on ISIS and old age) largely overthinking themselves. Kevin Hart was, as usual, a burst of energy, with his sketches trying to keep up with his manic speed. And last weekend, Louis C.K. opened the show with 8 minutes about how life was [...]

Louis C.K. Looks Back on Writing for Conan O'Brien on 'Late Night'

Ahead of his SNL season finale hosting stint this weekend, Louis C.K. stopped by last night's Late Night, where he talked with Seth Meyers about the days he was a writer on the show for Conan O'Brien. C.K. also shared a Late Night memory involving a dirty joke he and fellow writer Dino Stamatopoulos got announcer Joel Godard to say on the air. Watch more clips from C.K.'s interview below:

Louis C.K.'s Talks New York, Fame, and Success with 'The Hollywood Reporter'

Just in time for the season 5 premiere of Louie tomorrow night, The Hollywood Reporter has a lengthy piece out today in which C.K. reflects on struggling as a young unknown standup, the "crushing loneliness" of living in New York City, getting passed over by SNL, his hopes to make a movie next year, and tons more. Here's an excerpt:

There's an easy thing of saying, "Yeah, it's all bullshit out there [in Hollywood]," but if you can't smell the bullshit here in New York, you must have your nose packed with it. Hollywood is full of opportunity, and I've gotten shot after shot after shot out [...]

Here's Your First Look at Season 5 of FX's 'Louie'

Louie returns to FX for its fifth season next week, and the network released two new promos featuring the first look at Louis C.K. in his hit series. The promos are pretty short, but spoiler alert: Louie's sad! Check out the second promo below, then catch Louie when it premieres on FX next Thursday at 10:30pm.

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.

Louis C.K. Looks Back on His Depressing Solo Trip to Russia in the '90s

Last night, Louis C.K. took a break from rehearsing for SNL to attend the annual Moth Ball in New York, where he accepted an award for storytelling by sharing a story of his own. It's a dark, depressing look back on a two-week solo trip he took to Russia in the '90s when he was about to quit his writing job at Late Night with Conan O'Brien. It involves the Moscow subway system, a group of dirty kids wearing oversized coats, and an old man with a broken shoe — so yes, it's very Russian.

Louis C.K. to Write, Direct, and Star in 'I'm a Cop'

Louis C.K. is headed to the big screen. According to THR, C.K. has signed on to write, direct, and star in an upcoming Scott Rudin-produced film called I'm a Cop. The movie will center on C.K. as "a depressed middle-aged man who is a volunteer police officer living in the shadow of his mother, a highly decorated retired officer. When she dies, her continued influence forces him to become a real police officer, which is something he never wanted to be." For more on C.K.'s film work, check out our guide to his early short films and breakdown of his experimental directing style.

FX Announces Premiere Dates for Denis Leary's 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' and 'Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store'

FX announced a bunch of premiere dates today, including Denis Leary's new comedy and a standup special from Louis C.K. According to The Wrap, Leary's series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll premieres on Thursday, July 16th at 10:00pm followed by the season 2 premiere of Married, while Louis C.K.'s standup special Live at the Comedy Store will make its television debut on Thursday, May 28th at 11:00pm. Check out our review of Live at the Comedy Store here.

Comedy Central Reportedly Considered Amy Poehler, Louis C.K., and Amy Schumer to Take Over 'The Daily Show'

Comedy Central revealed this morning that Daily Show contributor Trevor Noah is set to replace Jon Stewart when he leaves the show this year, and according to Grantland's Bill Simmons, Noah was considered among some huge comedy stars: Amy Poehler, Louis C.K., and Amy Schumer. As Simmons notes, both C.K. and Poehler were probably not the most realistic candidates for the gig, but had Schumer been offered the opportunity prior to making her new film Trainwreck with Judd Apatow, who knows what could've happened? In any case, Noah is an excellent choice for the job, and Schumer agrees.

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 [...]

Kate McKinnon Gives Louis C.K. Some Pointers in This Week's 'SNL' Promos

Louis C.K. hosts SNL's season 40 finale this weekend with musical guest Rihanna, and NBC just released the first round of promos. Thankfully Kate McKinnon is there to remind him who's in charge.

Reese Witherspoon and Louis C.K. Set as 'SNL's Final Season 40 Hosts

SNL just revealed two upcoming hosts. A week after Scarlett Johansson hosts on May 2nd, Reese Witherspoon will return for her second hosting stint on May 9th with musical guest Florence and the Machine. Witherspoon last hosted in 2001 in the first episode after 9/11.

The following week will be the season 40 finale, and they've got a big host set: Louis C.K with musical guest Rihanna. It will make C.K.'s third time hosting SNL.

Louis C.K. Looks Back on Torpedoing Jimmy Fallon's 'Dana Carvey Show' Audition

Louis C.K. was a guest on last night's Tonight Show, where he admitted to campaigning against Fallon when he auditioned to join the cast of The Dana Carvey Show in the '90s. "In my head I knew it: 'This is really fucked up to be doing this because this kid is really talented, but I don't want to look at him every day cause it'll make me upset about myself.' So I torpedoed your chances…I mean, I really, really went to bat against you." Watch more from C.K.'s interview below:

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.

The airing [...]