Louis C.K.

April 11, 2013

Louis CK Iama hello

Hi. It's Louis. I'm here doing one of these again. My new standup special "Louis CK Oh My God" is premiering on HBO this saturday, April 13th at 10pm. Also it will be available on my website louisck.com for 5 dollars globally no drm in September. So hi. What?

Louie: no question, maybe you won’t read this and maybe this wasn’t at all what you were going for, but it would mean a lot to me as a fan to just tell you how moving and magnificent I thought the “Late Show” trilogy was. I’m not going to tell you some bullshit about how it changed my life, but fuck me if I don’t go listen to the CBS Exec’s monologue almost daily to help motivate myself to keep going and taking opportunities and aspiring to bigger things. Even if ultimately, it might only ever earn me my own “fuck you Letterman” moment. Thanks.

“...But you can change that. It's in your power to change that. Yes, you'll have to work hard. You'll have to do things you haven't done before and still your chances are very slim. But you could change it. I'm going to ask you one more time: David Letterman is retiring. You want his job?”

thanks pal.

If offered the opportunity, would you go on Whose Line Is It Anyway?

No I would not.

Hi Louis, I’m a big fan and whatnot. Anyway, why have you recently done shows in Baltimore more frequently than here in D.C.?

The only place i can do shows in DC with my ticketing service is the Kennedy Center which is rarely available.

First, let me say that I’ve been a fan of yours, and of stand-up in general, for a long time. Stand-up is important to me, and over the years it’s really broken my heart to see great comedians die (Carlin, Hicks, Hedberg, Patrice, to name a few) while so many others sell out, lose their touch, or make it apparent that stand-up was always secondary anyways, a way to get a TV show or movie deals. I feel like very few living comedians treat comedy the way it should be treated: as an art form. So thank you for doing that. Thank you for taking it seriously.

First question: obviously you make it a point of cast comedians in Louie. Doug Stanhope and Ricki Gervais are clearly going to be great, and I know you put your friends on the show, but when you cast younger guys like Amir Blumenfeld (the unfunny guy in the writing room in Halloween/Ellie) and Nick Kocher (young Eddie), what is the process like for that? Is it as simple as an audition, are you contacted by their agents, or are these some young comedians in New York that you’ve been paying attention to and are trying to help out?

Second question: I’ve heard you say before that the only way you would do another movie is if you personally (I assume this means Pig Newton as a company) had the money to control every aspect of it, and you ball-parked that figure at around 3 million dollars. This was some time ago, and since then you’ve had the success of the Beacon Theater special, a massive national tour, Louie has stayed on the air, and now the HBO special. Are you getting anywhere near that total? Do you have any plans for a movie? I’m sure you have a lot of ideas for movies, but if you went back to film, what is the movie you would want to make first?

Sorry this is so long. And again, thanks.

this is just so long I can't even read it and be fair to anyone. Please rewrite it. I only can just see the girth of this fucking thing.

When and how do you plan on explaining your material to your children?

My kids know everything about what I do and about jokes and what jokes are and what comedy is. All we do is laugh and joke when I'm not raising them or feeding them or cleaning up after them or enjoying their company.

Can you wish my best friend Jamey a happy birthday he is 24 today

no. Fuck your stupid friend Jamey.


Moving onwards, what advice would you give to yourself 20 years ago? Or to any young comedian/actor for that matter?

Thanks you for doing this!

I would tell 25 year old me to go exactly in the same direction i was going in.

Hi Louie!

Among the variety of self taught skills you've demonstrated, I remember being super impressed by your skills in the kitchen in the first episode of season two, and just yesterday heard you bring up cooking for your kids and your chicken frying skills on Howard Stern.

What are some of your favorite things to cook for your daughters? Do you cook for yourself as much when they're away? Any favorite tools in the kitchen?

I try to rotate the menu so they don't get sick of stuff. I used to make rice and beans a lot and that's getting old now. I love making sautéed brussel sprouts but only one of my kids likes it. I love baking chickens. We do that a lot. lots of lemon garlic and olive oil, salt, paprika, pepper. Just tons of all that and cook that fucker at 450 for an hour then turn it down.

Many comedians, including yourself, sometimes joke or fool around about certain subjects that many people think is over the line inappropriate, My question is, Is there anything that you personally think goes over the line and you would never joke about or make fun of?

nope. I like joking about everything. This will sound too lofty because it is. This is going to an extreme to make a point: Saying a subject is too awful or painful to joke about is like saying a disease is too awful to be treated. Please do not take that out of context, the context being that I realize this is a crazy statement and I'm going to an extreme to make a point.

Dude! First off, you rule. Second, what's your favorite swear/curse word? Mine is twatsneeze (I made it up. You can use it.) Lastly, you rule.

I like "Darn" because it also fixes socks. and I'm afraid of stupid Jesus.

Is "Lucky Louis ever going to make a reappearance?

No sir. I don't know. I doubt it.

First off, you're great! Your act always brightens my day, so just want to say thanks and wish you the best on this AMA.

Questions - How hard was it to negotiate HBO into the 5 dollar download for shameless?

Are you going to try to do a similar thing with "Oh My God"?

HBO was very cool about the shameless audio on my site and equally cool about the special. The special (Louis CK oh my god on HBO april 13th at 10pm) will be fully available on my site in september, same as everything else I sell there. I think it was rather forward thinking of hbo to allow it. Plus if they didn't I would not have given them this special.


I never saw the show with Drew. Bob Barker is as good at that as a person can be. I only ever watched that show when i was DEEPLY depressed.

How did your very first Stand-Up performance go?

total disaster. I bombed HARD for 2 minutes.

I'm supposed to be paying attention in class but I'm reading this instead

stop it. THis is nothing. Get your education.

How does it feel to be doing an AMA on the same day Morgan Freeman is scheduled to do one?

It doesn't really "Feel" ilke anything. How does it feel to be doing what you're doing? I'm not going to read the answer.

Hey Louie, huge fan.

I'm moving to NYC soon. Any suggestion on where I should live?

Also, do you still perform in small venues in NY, like we see on Louie?

wherever you can afford to.

How is Ewan McGregor?

you'll have to ask Ewan Mcgregor that. I can tell you that his cock is fine. Because it's in my mouth right now. I am not joking. I am blowing Ewan Mcgregor right this second.


How does it feel to be an Emmy winner? Does that get you major pussy?

yes I go outside and wave my emmy around and pussy comes flying out of the windows. It's actually really dangerous.

For funsies: What's your favorite short joke/one-liner?

Why does Pinochio lie? Because he's a fucking liar.


I have no idea what that question meant.

The part in Louie when your daughter suddenly starts talking in Slovenian language was a real mindfuck for me since I'm from Slovenija xD How did you came up with that?

She's the greatest. I just want her always to be sup rising. I don't know how to spell surprising.

Would you consider getting Tig Notaro on Louie? Edit: spelling

she's a really funny actor. We'll see.

Have your daughters ever seen any of your work? Do they think you're funny "in real life"?

yes and yes

Just wanted to say that I'm at work right now doing a covert ops mission to get on this AMA. I know from your previous AMAs that you usually only take one Q per account, but I'm just gonna put it all out there just in case. Answer what you want, etc. I'll take my answer off air, thanks (i. e. I'll read this after work). I love you.

  1. Is the "S" in "Louis" a hard "S," or is it just pronounced "Louie"? When your full stage name is pronounced, the end of your first name bleeds into the C, so they could either be saying the full "LouIS," or "LouieC." It's confusing because no one ever flat out just calls you plain "LouIS" without the C. K. at the end. I know this question is a bit pedantic, but it's been nagging at me for some time now.

  2. In recent years in your sets you've taken to confiding in the audience that long stories you'd only just told were totally made up. It's almost a staple of yours at this point. I know all comedians make shit up for laughs, but I can't think of any other comics admitting to it as they're performing. Do you fear that you lose the audience somehow as you continue to tell stories during your set proceeding the admittance? Are you going to keep doing this?

  3. About what percentage of your act would you say is just completely fiction at this point? Have your sets gotten more fictional as your career has progressed? I love the surreal bits, like the one about you throwing your watch in the pool for your daughter to find.

Thanks, man! Saw you in Tampa in November and you just absolutely killed it, like always. The sheer amount of consistent, quality content you've been putting out has just been staggering. Totally inspiring.

After work edit - I realize now I should have AT LEAST put a TL;DR at the end of this mammoth. The response and the following shitstorm is just golden though. I totally had that coming.

I mean, you're fucking high if you think I'm going to sit here are read 3 parts of anything.

Hi there, big fan from Germany! Seeing as I seem to be one of the few here knowing you, how successful and popular are you in other, mainly European countries?

I had a good time doing shows recently in Oslo and Stockholm and London. I think that's about it.

So Louis, how does it feel to be on hiatus from the show? It's gotta be nice to be able to sit back, relax, and truly appreciate what you've accomplished so far without any sort of pressure to the network, right?

I'm thinking about the show all the time. It's about having more time to think about it and get the next season right.

What's the shittiest, least funny joke you've ever told during a stand up routine?

"I saw Walter Mondale said on the news "I am ready to be president of the united states. Well. Phew. Finally he's ready." I did that "joke" my first time on stage in 1984. nightmare.

Hi Louie.

  1. What was it like doing the mockumentary at Parks and Rec?
  2. How many acting classes have you taken? 3. How have you approached explaining your daughters your early 2000s standup? (already answered)
  3. What was it like to be back on Letterman after so many years, and how did that come to be?

Keep it real don't let all this fame go to your head!

I loved working with amy and all her people. I never took an acting class.

Hi Louis! I saw your show in Detroit last fall and you opened up your act comparing the city to a war-torn Bosnia (sadly that is quite true...but right on). Do you have any favorite places you like to visit when you go on tour? I think you are hilarious and just want to say thank you for making me laugh all these years.

detroit was one of my favorite shows of the year. I love it there. Also rodriguez is from there and that very attractive and smart woman who fixes houses on tv.

So, Louis.............

Two things. How do you think of most of your material? A lot of your comedy is life experiences, e.g., no money in the bank. Are most of these things you talk about true experiences of yours?

Also, even plan on doing some stand-up in Columbus, Ohio?

A huge fan of yours, Andrew Carpenter

I just have learned to recognize when a thought that pops in my head is material. i worked in columbus this year.

What are some of your favorite contemporary bands?

i wish i could say. I know nothing about who anyone is in music. I like kazoos.


it's weird because those shows are identical. Sorry i'm being a dick. Can i just be a dick for this one answer? thanks.

Did you ever get to talk to or bump into Donald Rumsfeld again after the Opie and Anthony interview? Were there any reprecussions?

BTW that was the best thing ever

What's the worst experience you've ever had with a heckler?

Donald Rumsfeld is my uncle. I'm not kidding. I see him every sunday at our family meeting. Whoops. I mean. No. I'm not a lizard too. LIke him. Oh shit. I better erase this and not press

Hi Louis, just wanted to say I'm a huge fan of your stand up and your show. Good job! Keep making the world smile :)

you realize if the world smiled there would be millions dead?

Why do you think secret agents place homeless people everywhere?

No. Verizon does. They're antennas.

Saw you perform in Chicago, is your upcoming HBO special the same material?

Yes if you saw me this past winter/fall. the same basic set with probably some additional stuff. that was pretty early in the tour.

What did you think of Cleveland on your tour stop? Lots of people tend to hate on this city, but have never been.

I enjoyed the show I did there. It was the first big show of the tour. I always have good shows in cleveland and I have hung around some areas i really liked.

My questions never get seen/answered but fuck it…

As someone who got success, let’s say… well out of his twenties (sorry)… how did you know this is what you wanted to do even when it wasn’t always working out that well? Like how hard is it to not just say FUCK THIS and just give up/try something else? I’m 25 and I wish I had as much motivation to get shit done as you seem to, but nothing really seems worth it.

Sorry for being kind of a downer but I do think you’re great and if I ever run into you in New York sometime, I would be so excited to awkwardly shake your hand and not take a picture with you.

The reason you never get answers is because you kind of meander toward the point and everyone wants to kill you. also "How hard is it to not just say fuck this and give up" is about a quadruple negative so I don't actually know what you're asking.
You'll be fine. you're 25. feeling usure and lost is part of your path. don't avoid it. See what those feelings are showing you and use it. take a breath. You'll be okay. even if you don't feel okay all the time.

Do you get money every time the RawDog comedy station on Sirius plays one of your bits? If so is it cents?

How do you feel about ticket masters attempt to make it illegal for you and other likes you to sell your own tickets to your own shows?

edit: it's Stubhub http://www.reddit.com/r/entertainment/comments/1bty7n/california_ab_329_new_law_that_would_make_louis/

I get 12 dollars every time someone remembers I exist.

After your special airs on saturday, how long does it take until you start performing new material (since you throw out your old act) 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 I do it'll be shorter sets with new, bad stuff.

Louis what inspired you to jizz on a nickel-plated trumpet?


Louie. My father, my Brothers and I watch your specials on the very rare occasions we get the chance to be together... Thanks for bringing the laughs and great memories.

thank you.

Hey Louis, big fan, saw all of your things numerous times, keep up the good work!

I bought the last special on your site when it came out, I doubt I'll be able to wait for September to watch your new special, I don't own a TV and don't live in the US... I guess a lot of people beside me will pirate the thing, it's too bad there isn't a legal way for many people to get it when it's out this time... Anyways, I guess I'll buy it again when it comes out on your site.

So I guess my question is - What went into deciding to do it this way?

I hope it doesn't look like I'm complaining, I'm just happy and thankful you're doing what you're doing and hope you keep doing it as long as possible.

I'm trying this to see how it goes. The Beacon special is on netflix now and has been on fx and people still buy it on my site. It's all pretty interesting. Anyway HBO is a great place to do a special when they get into it. so we'll just see how it sells. People will still probably want to own their own copy.

Louis, if you had to get together with a comedian, form a comedy duo, and do shows around the world, who would it be with?

I wouldn't want to ruin someone else's act. I have to say when I was on Lucky Louie I loved acting with Pamela Adlon. That was like being a comedy team. She had all the skills.

For your show Louie, do your kids do any improvisation? I'm always impressed how well they deliver their lines.

it's a strictly scripted show. Yes they are both great.

Louis, don't you ever just think to yourself; 'Screw this. I have money now, I'm done."

Done doing what? I don't understand.

Chris Rock recently said on The Champs podcast that he likely would not release a special on his own like you did because network replays mean that people who didn't intend to see his special would still be exposed. They HAVE to watch him, even if they thought they didn't like him. Do you feel like you're still widening your base, or is that best done by doing a big HBO special like "Oh My God"?

that's all true what he says and I'm sure some of that benefit will come from being on HBO. He's a smart fellow.

Hey Louie! What kind of Mac do you use to edit your show? And do you use Final Cut or Adobe Premiere?

I'm probably moving to AVID. Final cut ain't what it was.

How are you going to handle meeting the guy taking one of your daughters out on a first date?

I could imagine you being pretty intimidating when it came to that kind of thing.

It's not about me. It's her first date. That's a big deal for her. anyway it's none of your business.

Louie, what is pissing you off more than anything else this week?

I hope it isn't this question.

Hope away, bitch. You just ruined my fucking month.

Please come to Dallas. What show, besides yours, do you think is the best on TV right now? Also, what do you think of this corrupt government of ours?

I did two shows in dallas this year! I love Project Runway. I love Veep because Julia is goddamn hilarious. Girls is pretty great. Also White Shadow reruns and Moral Oral episodes on iTunes and Wondershowzen and other stuff. boxing.

Louie! Love your stand-up, love your show, blah blah blah. If given the opportunity to kill one person and have no repercussions who would it be?


I saw you in Phoenix, and thought it was so great I went to the show the next night. Even better the second time. I noticed you told different jokes on different nights. How do you decide what you keep in your special and what is trashed?

I shot four shows and did about 90 minutes per show. The special is about 60 minutes long. I just kept compressing and changing it till it felt right. I probably fucked it up.

Can you describe the worst shit you have ever taken?

I can describe the best one I ever took. It was black and brown and all over your sleeping face. Remember? yeah. That was me. All the rest of every shit in my life are tied for second.

If you didnt go into comedy but were still as funny as you are, what other profession would you choose to exploit your talent?

AND, my friend creeping over my shoulder wants to say hi.

I wanted to be a lawyer and argue cases of civil rights before the supreme court. Or a car mechanic. I would have sucked at both. Tell your friend to go outside and think about changing.

You edit a lot of the episodes of Louie, do you find that you're able to express a different variation of humor through the editing process?

I love editing. It's like mixing. It's very therapeutic and satisfying and maddening.

Do you even lift?

what? Wow that was abstract.

Do you even wait?

Hey Louis, love your comedy and your show man! Congratulations on your recent surge of success, its safe to say you can get that $17million townhouse for your daughters now?

fuck no.

This AMA just started and I can't even think of a question...

So... How's your day?

it's not MY day.

Louis, I just wanted to say I really enjoyed your Howard Stern interview from last week. How did you feel it differed from your 2006 interview with howard, when you weren't as big as you are now? (Meaning popularity, not weight...)

howard is amazing because in 2006 he didn't know or care who I was and now I think the opposite is true, yet both interviews he made me feel ilke a big shot and very welcome and happy.

you get laid in your show a lot more than I suspect you do in real life

Oh really?

what comedians today make you laugh?

Hannibal Buress. Zach Galifanakiciksiswiwiwiww88899is

Thank you so much for coming to London. I saw you at the O2 and loved it, despite the shiiiit venue.

I'm one of the 23 year old girls you have no interest in...but...how do I get in your pants?

Who told you that? All you really have to do is open them and you are in.

You are in the new Woody Allen and David O Russel films. How were those experiences? Do you consider yourself a big-name actor now?

I haven't started filming david's movie. I loved working with Woody. Both parts are small but fun. Like 5 days of work. for me that's perfect. I get antsy.

Much of your television show deviates from convention and puts forward far more of a grim reality perspective on life than is commonly seen in mass media. Personally I love this - the unpleasantness of watching you deal with these scenarios of your own making makes hugely compelling watching for me; but I feel this is not true for the broader population. Have ever you experienced pressure (from yourself or anywhere else) to mainstreamerize (yeah, its a word) your comedic.....output?

PS I will have your babies.

PPS I had tickets to see you in london last month, but......bitches. Looking forward to the HBO show to see what I missed. Have ever you missed a comedic engagement to deal with matters female?

Nobobdy has ever pressured me to do it differently. I just like telling stories. thanks.

When is the season 3 DVD coming?

I don't know. Good question. I haven't done the commentary yet. I'll do every episode this time.

Who is your favorite female comedian?

Don't know. Maria Bamford is great. Tig Notaro. Laura Kightlinger. Kathy Griffin. Sarah Silverman. Jessica Kirson KILLS. Marina franklin can be inspired in moments. she's not a comedian but Mellissa mccarthy is hilarious. I know i'm leaving some out. Going back Joan Rivers. Carol Brunette Phillis Diller Lilly tomlin. Margaret Smith had great jokes. Rosanne had some great stuff. Moms Mabley. I used to open for Paula Poundstone who is a phenomenal performer. Joy Behar, used to work with her in clubs in new york. She was GREAT in the clubs. Um... There's a woman named Laura House who i don't think does standup anymore. Susie Essman. Lots of great women comedians. Lots of shitty ones. More shitty men comedians.

Big fan of the show!

How long do you see Louie lasting or how long do you think you'll want to do Louie before you get bored or start running out of material?

I have no idea how long the show will be on for. I love it and feel far from finished.

If you could die anyway, how would you go?

I will die anyway.

I was at your show the night you recorded in February! Love all your work, and you almost made me die from laughing because I couldn't breathe. I look forward to seeing it again!

The one thing that I noticed was how a lot of people were shocked at your "but maybe" bit.

Do you usually get mixed reactions like that at your shows? I thought almost everyone would have known to expect something like that at your show.

If you want 100 percent of people to like your material you really have mental problems. If you have to like 100 percent of everything you see, you really have mental problems.

Which late night host do you enjoy getting interviewed by most?

It's hard to say. Letterman is always a thrill. Jay is fun because I know him well and he doesn't want to know everything ahead of time. he likes to be surprised. Conan and I are old friends so it always feels nice. Jimmy Kimmel has a great sense of how to keep it funny and his crowds are tremendous. Jimmy Fallon is all goodwill and fun too. Sorry I don't have anything bad to say. Maybe John Stewart is my favorite.

What makes a joke a good "closer"?

When you just can't say anything after it's over.

I don't think people fully understand that your show is not supposed to have any continuity to it. I've heard more than one ignorant person complain how characters and family details change from show to show. Isn't this just part of the joke? Like, the details don't matter so quit trying to piece them together?

They're not ignorant. They just have a certain diet of what they need from what they watch. They need to go get it.

Hey Louis, who do you like for the Canelo Vs. Rigondeaux fight that's coming up?

edit: meant to say Donaire vs Rigondeaux.

I thought Donaire was fighting him. anyway I like Donaire. and canelo. He's a red headed mexican like me. HE's a great great fighter and still young and forming but you can tell he respects his sport and is humble yet powerful.

Hey Louie,

I first got into you because of Opie and Anthony. Personally, I felt that a lot of your appearances on that show were as funny as Louie or your stand-up specials - especially your rant on capitalism. Would you ever consider doing a radio show? If so, what kind of direction or theme would the show revolve around?

Thanks, can't wait to see 'Oh My God'!

radio is so hard. And you have to really dedicate yourself to getting good at it. I am too busy doing other stuff to do what would be neccicary to be good at that.

How do you prepare for a show? Do you ever throw in any material that you didn't have planned just for kicks while onstage?

I try just to clear my mind. Put down the phone. Turn off the tv radio whatever. Just be quiet and don't talk to anyone and just go over the set in my head and see what new thoughts crop up. simply the act of thinking about something gets your mind ready in a big way.

It isn't a question, but I just wanted to say my husband and I are HUGE fans. Keep on being awesome!

thank you!

You have had a lot of forward momentum over the past few years. What drives you? How do you keep going when you've achieved what most people would consider far above the acceptable level of success?

I love doing the work that I do and I have kids to feed. So I keep going.

Someone on here described your comedy as "offensive." I was like, "What?" Who's more fit to be a member of society? Me, or the person who thinks your comedy is offensive?

If a person is offended, then to them it is offensive. If someone else is not offended then to them it isn't. They are both one hundred percent right. For them.

Do you subconsciously smell your hand after scratching your balls?


Have you given any deer in your yard your AIDS lately?

well these days I think I'm getting it back.

What made you release your Videos DRM free?

It's awesome, keep it that way!

why not? That shit keeps the money out and the fun in. I like to let the fun out and let the money in, mothafucka!

If you could pick one person out of all of history to have dinner with, who would you choose and where would you dine?

My kids at home.

Hey Louis, I'm currently in Afghanistan and i've been entertained on long missions by listening to 'Hilarious' over and over. The camp i'm on had an open mic a few months ago and you inspired me to sign up and do my own stand up routine. I fucked up pretty much every joke and stalled a lot, but everyone got a kick out of it and I was asked to do it again sometime. So thanks, for the laughs and the inspiration.

good luck. thanks for telling me. be safe.

How do you decide which of these questions you are going to answer?

I really don't know. I just flip around and stop wherever.

Earlier this year, you had to cancel your tour stop in Boise, ID. Is there any chance of a show in the future, or should I plan on travelling to the nearest one in the future?

I'd love to play Boise. I always wanted to. I was actually supposed to play there in september of 2001 and then sept. 11th happened and grounded all flights so i had to cancel.

I heard you on Howard stern last week and thought you were very down to earth. I went on to watch your standup on Netflix and thought it was hilarious.

My question: does Netflix adequately compensate you for your standup? Is there another service you make more off of that we should watch instead?

i sell some of my standup on my website louisck.com.

Does it get harder to maintain integrity and stay true to your craft as a comedian when you get really big? It seems like people laugh at pretty much everything you say now regardless of whether or not you're telling an actual joke.

I don't really think about it. I do my act and tell my stories and the rest just happens. I've done with varying degrees of success and failure and been okay with all of them so I don't worry about how I'm doing i just do what i'm doing.

Looks like you've done some voice acting in the past. Do you enjoy it? If you were to do some now, what tv shows, movies, or video games would you be interested in working on?

I like it but I'm not that good at it.

Have you ever had someone heckle you at a show as bad as that blonde bitch from that episode of Louie?

I love you, you piece of shit.

She wasn't a bitch she was an actress who i paid to pretend to be obnoxious so i could rip into her all out of proportion. yes it happens sometimes in real life.

Do you prefer to piss standing up or sitting down?

i pee sitting down if someone is trying to sleep.

What's your best joke about North Korea or Kim Jong Un? Seems relevant with the latest news going on.

he is very lucky he didn't do this shit back in the anytime but now. can you imagine the shit comedians and tv hosts would be saying about him? Anyway my feeling is that he is the first self-googling tyrant. I think he says stuff and then checks twitter and google to see how it's going and what people are saying.

What did you think was funny as a kid?

mel brooks steve Martin. the unknown comic.

in the future, would you consider accepting payment in bitcoin, on your website?

I don't know what the future will be like. I don't even know what bit coin is.

If you put two people in a room, one you would love to see, but the other you would hate to see, they're standing next to each other so you can't get to one without the other. Who would they be, and would you go up to them?

Okay I'm really trying with this one. I'm trying to picture this and understand it.... nope.

In the intro to the show, why didn't you finish that pizza you bought? You only ate half of it. Why?

p.s. Have you ever watched the Boondock Saints?

Much love to a fellow redhead. Cheers.

if i knew that i was going to jump cut the scene i would have finished it. i thought the scene was going too long.

How is jazandapuss?

he shoved past me in school this morning. HE is fine.

Hey Louis. I've wanted to join the stand-up comedy scene for a while now, but taking that initial dive to stand up in front of people still hits me pretty hard. Is there any trick youve learned over your years of stand-up that keeps you from having stage fright? Not just by you, but any comedian?

no you just have to have the fright and do it anyway. avoiding it is rational and smart. if you have a competing desire then you'll overcome the fear. but the fear aint going anywhere.

Jealousy in comedy, how do you deal with it?

when i see someone else's great work, I feel a burning that is sometimes like jealousy. I wish I had done that. I want to be that good. that's all positive. Jealousy for someone else's success or opportunities: There is no greater waste of time.

Who is your favorite author or what is favorite book?

I loved the Great Gatsby. I can't believe they did it in 3D. What the fuck?
Dahrma bums. these are just random. My Travels with Charlie. Grapes of Wrath. Crime and Punishment. Slaughterhouse 5. All vonugut when i was a youngster. Catcher in the Rye. 9 Stories. SOmething by Thomas Mann I can't remember. Heart of Darkness. I claudius. The Golden Ass. Hercules my shipmate. Fire from Heaven. Persian boy. The chronicles of narnia when I was a kid and now my daughters. TR biography. lots others.

Hey Louis,

Canadian here. Any plans for a Canadian tour?

Also what's your favorite Canadian joke?

If you don't see this well then eat a bag of dicks.

If you do see it then I can't wait for the next show, ignore the bag of dicks.

i love doing shows in canada. I will be back. for sure.

I can't believe it. I knew you were doing an AMA at 2, but I still got distracted and didn't realize the time. I suck.

Anyway, you're awesome. Huge fan here. I don't have any kids, but I have two nephews and a niece, and they crack me up on a regular basis -- and a lot of your routines revolving around your own kids reminds me of shit they do on the regular, so thank you for making such relatable comedy. That having been said, I do have a few questions.

"What's your favorite Christmas movie and why is it Die Hard?" made me laugh.


just stop. Just cut it out.

How was performing in the round? Did you get to practice? Trip over yourself a lot?

I've done shows in the round before. It's completely different and really fun. LIfe is more natural in spirals curves and circles than straight lines.

How's your old neighbor lady and her piece of shit dog doing?

still totally not actually existing. so fine.

How do you feel about things like feminism? You likely clash with them often, what are your feelings on the subject?

edit: I believe (based on the downvotes) people I thought I was egging on for a negative answer from him. My apologies if I upset anyone.

You mean a little over half the populationism?

Why are you so miserable?

I'm not. I'm a very happy guy.

What can change the nature of a man?

depends on the dude.

How soon after you became a dad did you start doing dad pisses? You know, the ones that take like 15 minutes

that starts happening right away because you're so busy you never get to piss. it's also why dads get kidney stones and prostate cancer and die. Because no one will let them NOT.

Your grammar and your typing have gotten a lot better since the last time you did this, bitch.

thanks, count. Tried to say count but it keeps correcting it.

I saw your show in Athens then again in Atlanta at the Fox. You left some bits out of the ATL show. Were you annoyed at Atlanta or did you find that those bits just didn't work?

I switched the act around all year. JUst trying different things.


If you think I'm going to watch that you are wrong.

Hey Louis, what TV are you watching if, if any at all?

i watched a show where they take you around the ocean floor and they said there are storms underwater more powerful than any hurricane. They could have been lying through their teeth and I wouldn't have known or cared. Awesome.

In your show and in some of your stand up you come across as patriotic, which seems somewhat out of character for you, given you are seemingly so apathetic towards most things. Do you truly have pride and or respect for your country? and are you as apathetic as you come across?

I have mixed feelings about everything including America which i think is normal and healthy. I tell you what really makes me sick is the phrase "american exceptionalism" the idea that we just start with the premise that we are better and so anything we do that benefits us is okay. I mean there's nothing more insane or inhuman than that. I am a huge fan of people. Most of them. And there are character traits that combine americans that I have enormous affection and love for. and there are things about americaNS and America that I don't like. I don't think it's a healthy attitude toward any group place or person to just love unconditionally to the exclusion of others without examining and trying to fix faults. Okay that's enough of this shit. jesus. i'm a comedian. who cares.

Hey how many times have you masturbated today?


Has the way you've been handling ticket sales and rights to distributing the video/audio of your shows affected which venues you can perform at?

yes. some venues have exclusive deals with other services. so i just go somewhere else. I was able to play in just about every city in america. so it worked out fine.

How did you hear about reddit and what was one thing that attracted you to it?

my publicist louis kay, told me about it. He's very smart. I had no idea what it was.

What are the last 5 different websites in your browser history, excepting reddit?

good question! The ones I'm willing to divulge are...

the onion cnn npr.com elton john lyrics ebay search "davenport desk"

I think your joke about some people in the WTC probably being assholes was fucking genius. That is all.

EDIT: Link to the clip

i didn't say they were probably being assholes. I said there's no way there wasn't ONE asshole in there.

My girlfriend doesn't like when I ask her to lick her palm. Any suggestions?

stop doing it. what's so difficult?

I saw you in San Francisco late last year, and my favorite part (other than the bit about randomly needing to wipe after getting older) was the end bit you did "Obviously, but maybe". You told a joke that went something like "Obviously it's a tragedy whenever a soldier dies, they protect our freedom and serve their country bravely.... but maybe if you go to someone else's country with guns you shouldn't be so shocked when they shoot back at you."
About half the people there (including myself) were cracking up and clapping but the rest were either silent or letting out shocked "awws".
My question is this: if thats how it sounded in San Francisco, arguably one of the most anti-war places in the country, how did that joke do in other cities? Did you eave it out of your act in some places?

Thanks for doing what you do.

different in every city. way it goes.

So you wrote and directed Pootie Tang. Is it true that you weren't allowed to edit it. Is that is true how do you feel about the picture that was released. How did it differ from your vision for the movie? And how does effect what your doing now in Louie where you write, edit, direct etc...

when i did pootie tang i signed a deal that i served at their pleasure and had no creative control. It was worth it because I got to direct a studio movie at a young age and I learned. I don't sign deals like that anymore though.

[No question]

okay well that's it really. thanks everyone. Again.

LOUIS CK OH MY GOD premieres on HBO on Saturday April 13th at 10pm. it will be available at louisck.com in september.
bye folks.

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Louis C.K. conducted on Reddit on 2013-04-11. The Reddit AMA can be found here.