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It’s hard to not root for Louis Ck. The guy has been throwing himself to the wolves at stand-up clubs for almost thirty years, carrying a love of filmmaking in his back pocket while working like a mad yeoman to nab writing jobs for Letterman, Conan O’Brien, the criminally short-lived Dana Carvey Show, and The Chris Rock Show.
Though he ultimately struck out (by conventional standards of success) with his boldly meta HBO sitcom, Lucky Louie, it seems like that failure seasoned Ck’s vision and gave way to FX’s Louie, a critically-lauded amalgamation of his earlier passion for short filmmaking and his stand-up act. After all this time, Ck is finally a force in comedy and in TV, accomplishing this feat on his own ...
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- Jason Tabrys
Us standup comedian Louis Ck's working-class sitcom looks traditional, even old-fashioned, but it has a unique murkiness
The cult Us comic Louis Ck is regularly praised for his talents and his triumphs – but it hasn't always been that way. If you want to know what the 45-year-old standup was up to before his Emmy-nominated show Louie, in which he plays a fictionalised version of himself, then check out Lucky Louie, an intriguing mix of traditional sitcom laced with Ck's searingly honest and hilarious sense of humour. A working-class comedy that doesn't shy away from the struggles of having no money, hating your family and barely making the breadline, it's HBO's answer to Roseanne. The problems are real, but the laughs are big.
Created by HBO in 2006, the show lasted just one season and features Ck as under-the-thumb husband Louie (not a huge name-change), trying to keep his wife onside »
- David Renshaw
Stand-up comedian Louis C.K. is no stranger to TV with his series Louie becoming a huge success on FX (even if it’s not returning until 2014), and he’s also taken shelter at HBO with three previous stand-up specials and the network’s multi-camera comedy series Lucky Louie.
After debuting his Live at the Beacon Theater special exclusively for purchase online (and now available for viewing on Netflix Instant), the comic is returning to cable TV for Louis C.K.:Oh My God, an all-new stand-up comedy special airing in April on HBO.
As you can see in the promo above, the self-aware comic takes aim at all the pomp and circumstance that comes with hyping up events that are very easily explained. From talking about Louis C.K.’s accolades to putting the comedian in a fancy suit and slow motion shots, it really shows you just ...
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- Ethan Anderton
Louis Ck: Oh My God is the fourth stand-up special on HBO from the comedian. It will premiere Saturday, April 13 at 10 Pm. The last Louis Ck special aired in 2007, and of course he created and starred in the network’s Lucky Louie in 2006, marking HBO’s first multi-camera comedy series. Taped in Phoenix, Oh My God takes on topics like the food chain, animals, divorce, strange anecdotes, broken morality, murder and mortality. Louis Ck wrote, directed and executive produced the special; Dave Becky, M. Blair Breard and Mike Berkowitz also exec produced. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
HBO has announced the name and premiere date of Louis C.K.'s next hour-long stand-up comedy special. "Louis C.K.: Oh My God" will premiere Saturday, April 13 at 10 p.m. Est.
C.K. previously announced that the special would be available online in September after airing on HBO in April. His last special, "Live at the Beacon Theatre," was released exclusively as a download on his website for $5, a move that many comedians have since duplicated.
The special will consist of material that C.K. has honed over his last tour, which just concluded. He shot the special over Feb. 15 and 16 in Phoenix.
- The Huffington Post
Last November, Louis C.K. announced that his next special would air on HBO before he releases it through his website. But details of the taping or its broadcast were scant -- until now.
In an email to his mailing list this afternoon, C.K. told fans that his special would be broadcast on HBO in April, and would be available for a $5 download on his website in September. The special will be made up of material he has crafted over his current tour, tickets of which are available (mostly) exclusively through his website.
He also announced that he is adding shows in Boise, Colorado Springs and Las Vegas, where he will perform a special show at the MGM Grand. The tour will end in Phoenix, where he will shoot his special over four shows on Feb. 15 and 16.
This special will be C.K.'s second special for HBO, after 2007's "Shameless. »
- Ross Luippold
New York — The void you're looking at on your DVR is the sitcom landscape post-"30 Rock."
When Tina Fey's bright, bouncy, irreverent showbiz send-up aired its last episode Thursday night, a light (Kenneth's toothy grin?) went out in broadcast television.
"30 Rock" was not perfect: It sometimes spun its wheels and its writing was often too showy. But "30 Rock" was the clear sitcom heir to "Seinfeld," pushing comedy forward by fusing the relationship set-up of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" with the flashback jump-cutting of the single-camera "Arrested Development." Its snappy, joke-packed universe was both tightly controlled and capable of going anywhere – a fiction funhouse version of Fey's "Weekend Update" social satire. Oh, and it had Alec Baldwin.
With "30 Rock" leaving the air, the sitcom again finds itself at a crossroads. Though acclaimed and award-winning, "30 Rock" was never highly rated. Sitcom fans and creators alike can reasonably wonder that if »
Feature Louisa Mellor Jan 22, 2013
In 2010, stand-up and comedy writer Louis Ck told FX head John Landgraf that he didn’t want to be Charlie Sheen. This was in the pre-tiger blood days, when Sheen was the face of mainstream Us TV comedy and drawing $1.8million per episode of CBS’ Two and a Half Men. At that time, Ck was being wooed by the major networks and having $400 grand personal pay cheques waved under his nose to come up with a sitcom pilot.
The deal Ck reached with FX was for half that amount, a sum that wasn’t just to cover his fee, but the costs of the entire production: cast, crew, sets, helicopter stunts… the whole shebang. Ck’s proviso? He be given the money and left »
Louis Ck's superlative self-titled sitcom has been a long time coming but it's well worth the wait
Louis Ck is exploding a few myths about one of pop culture's most hallowed spaces, the sitcom writers' room. The assumption goes that it's a boozy, thrilling free-for-all, where brilliant ideas pour continuously out of the mouths of equally brilliant people. Apparently not. "A lot of times when you work on a TV show with a team of writers, somebody in the room has a moment of beautiful inspiration," Louis explains. "And they say, 'What if this happens?' And all of the writers fall down laughing, and feel this joy, this exhilaration at the idea. And then another one says, 'Er, yeah, but how do we get there? Does it fit the story?' And then they forget it."
Louis is better placed than most to pass judgment on the rules and rituals of penning comedy. »
- Gwilym Mumford
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