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Humble Bundle Gets Into Comedy with Downloads from Louis C.K., Patrice O'Neal and More

Humble Bundle, the online company that "bundles" collections of video games, eBooks, and music for a pay-what-you-want download, has launched its first comedy bundle this afternoon with downloads from Louis C.K., Maria Bamford, Jim Norton, Tig Notaro, Hannibal Buress, and the late Patrice O'Neal. The curated selection of albums and specials went on sale at 2pm ET today, and will be available for two weeks. Buyers choose how much they pay for the collection, and how that money will be split between the artists, Humble Bundle, and certain charities. Buyers who pay more than the average price at the time of their visit will "unlock" C.K.'s Live at [...]

The Best of 'SNL' Season 38

It snuck up on us, didn't it? The end of SNL Season 38 brought along with it key staff changes, among them the upcoming departure of head writer Seth Meyers and the immediate departures of cast members Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and (unofficially) Jason Sudeikis. Few people have shaped SNL over the past 8 years more than these men — Meyers with his leadership in the writers room and charm as Weekend Update host, and Hader, Armisen and Sudeikis as the cast's workhorses and loadbearing performers. Indeed, many pegged Season 38 as a "transitional year" in the wake of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg leaving the show a year ago, [...]

In His HBO Special's Credits, Louis C.K. Thanks George Carlin, Chris Rock, and China

Louis C.K.'s latest stand-up special, Oh My God, debuted on HBO this weekend, and the end credits featured and lengthy list of "thank yous" to his friends, heroes, and the nation of China. See below for the "thank yous" from C.K.'s special and a heartfelt email he sent out to his fans the day of the special:

George Carlin, Chris Rock, Vernon Chatman, David Wain, Pamela Adlon, Robert Smigel, Todd Glass, Todd Barry, Gary Gulman, William Stephenson, Keith Robinson, Micky Ward, John Landgraf, Joe Namath, Barack Obama.

The audiences in Cleveland, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Savannah, Tulsa, Houston, Dallas, New York, Portland (Maine), Hartford, Chicago, San Francisco, Staten [...]

Here's How Louis CK Got David Lynch to Do 'Louie'

In a season full of amazing performances from guest stars like Parker Posey and Maria Bamford, filmmaker David Lynch had perhaps the most memorable role out of anyone in the last season of Louie. The NY Times has an extended excerpt from an interview with Louis C.K. they published yesterday in which he explains how he got Lynch to do the show and includes every single detail he could possibly share about the situation.

Watch Louis C.K. Go Off on a Heckler

You'd think that, what with Louis C.K. being the nation's biggest stand-up and all, that his audiences wouldn't heckle him, but you'd be wrong. Here he is performing as a benefit for P.S. 3 on Staten Island on March 1st at NY City Center, when someone from the audience interrupts him to compliment his boots. C.K.'s responses is as funny and interesting as you'd expect, and hopefully, it will stop people from heckling Louis C.K. forever (but probably not).

Inside the Friars Club Gala for Don Rickles with Louis CK, Lewis Black, Joan Rivers and More

In the classic 1966 Esquire piece Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, Sinatra and his crew visit The Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas to see “a baldheaded little comedian named Don Rickles, who is probably more caustic than any comic in the country. His humor is so rude, in such bad taste, that it offends no one – it is too offensive to be offensive.” On Monday night, at a Friars Club gala presenting Rickles with a lifetime achievement award, Louis CK echoed that idea. "He takes things people are afraid of and he just fastballs right to it," CK said. "'You're gonna die.' 'You're black.' 'Jews are nuts.' He just says [...]

Watch Louis C.K. and Nick Offerman in an Old Movie Together

Here's an independent movie called Tuna from 2000 that the writer just uploaded to YouTube in its entirety. It stars Louis C.K., Nick Offerman, Jon Glaser, and a 4-year-old Angus T. Jones (he was a quarter of a man at the time). Writer Adam DeCoster put the movie on YouTube this week. It was directed by Bob Byington, who recently directed Offerman in Somebody Up There Likes Me. So, if you've ever wanted to watch Louis C.K. and Nick Offerman act in the same thing outside of C.K.'s episodes of Parks and Rec, this looks like a pretty good bet.

Highlights from Louis C.K.'s Reddit AMA Today

Louis C.K. did a question-and-answer session over at Reddit today to promote his new stand-up special, Louis C.K.: Oh My God, which premieres on HBO this Saturday, April 13th, at 10pm. Given how difficult Reddit AMAs are to digest sometimes, we've gathered up all the best answers from C.K.'s session today and posted them below. Enjoy:

After your special airs Saturday, how long does it take until you start performing new material in order to formulate a new special? I was doing a few new jokes in the last few shows I did on this tour. i probably won't go on stage again for a while but when [...]

Louis C.K. Tried to Get Pacino, Scorsese, and Woody Allen to Guest on 'Louie'

The NY Times has a Q&A out with Louis C.K. today in advance of his new HBO special Oh My God's debut next Saturday. In it, C.K. reveals that he pursued a lot of big names to play the character of Jack Dall, the guy who trained him for his Letterman tryout last season, before he thought to cast David Lynch, who nailed the part. Here's C.K. explaining what happened:

I sent it to Jerry Lewis. We got a phone call from his personal secretary saying, "Jerry is not interested at this time.” We reached out to Woody Allen, who said, "I can’t contribute to this right [...]

Vernon Chatman Wrote a Book, and Louis C.K. Wrote the Intro

Vernon Chatman, who runs the production company PFFR and has written and/or produced a list of shows a mile long that includes Wonder ShowzenSouth Park, and Louie, is releasing a new book next month called Mindsploitation: Asinine Assignments for Online Homework Cheating Industry. For the book, Chatman paid a bunch of online companies to write a series of absurd essays for him to test the limits of the homework-for-hire industry. Louis C.K., who met Chatman when they were both writing for The Chris Rock Show and recently hired him to produce Louie, wrote the intro to the book, and Matt Stone, John Hodgman, and Bill Hader all blurbed [...]

It's That Episode: Neil Casey Talks 'Star Trek' and Writing for 'SNL' with Louis CK

On "It's That Episode" Craig Rowin (UCB Theatre) invites guests over to watch any episode of any TV show they want. They discuss the episode and other crap.

Neil Casey (Saturday Night Live) drops by to bring his knowledge of Star Trek: The Next Generation into full view. Neil discusses time loops, how the original Star Trek's Lieutenant Uhura got advice from Martin Luther King Jr., and expresses and his great respect for the Star Trek Universe. Neil also discusses the first sketch that he got on-air at SNL, which he co-wrote with Louis CK the week of Hurricane Sandy.

Download now (MP3), listen on iTunes [...]

Divorce Is Hilarious… Sometimes

Welcome to the latest installment of Tragedy Plus Time. Each segment will focus on a particular ‘life crisis’ — sometimes globally tragic, sometimes more of a personal affair — and we’ll explore how many of the comedians we know and love have dealt with it.

Comedians having been talking about the chaotic state of their marriages since the dawn of time, or at least since Henny Youngman got into the game. Marriage is an unavoidable topic for performers that want to use their personal lives in their material. And they know the audience doesn’t want to hear about how happy or in love they are — they want to [...]

Right Before the Sainting of Louis C.K., There Was 'Lucky Louie'

Sometimes TV shows drag their unfunny, uninteresting, yet highly rated feet across our living rooms for years. “Who let this happen?” we cry in vain. Other times, the powers that be get things right. That’s where “Brilliantly Canceled” comes in, looking at the shows that didn’t make it past their first season and saved us all a ton of grief.

We all have our favorite alternate history scenarios: What if Columbus wasn't bad at his job and didn't accidentally discover America? What if Kennedy invaded Cuba? What if Lucky Louie wasn't canceled after thirteen episodes?

That last one might not seem to be as historically important as the [...]

Watch Louis C.K. on 'Letterman' Last Night

Here's Louis C.K. on Letterman last night to promote his new HBO stand-up hour, Louis C.K.: Oh My God, which premieres a week from Saturday on April 13th. Letterman got down to brass tacks and asked C.K. about an episode of Louie last season that ended with him screaming, "Fuck you, Letterman!" at the Ed Sullivan Theater from the street, and the two managed to work the misunderstanding out.