The number 13 isn’t so unlucky for Louis C.K.
The 45-year-old half-Mexican American actor/comedian picked up two trophies at Sunday night’s Primetime Emmy Awards exactly thirteen years after picking up his first Emmy.
Louis C.K., who had racked up seven nominations—the most nods for any nominee in the same year, picked up his first award for his behind-the-scenes work on his critically acclaimed FX series Louie.
His “Pregnant” episode beat out an episode of Community and Girls and two episodes of Parks and Recreation to claim the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series award.
Asked backstage why FX’s Louie has brought him acclaim, while his HBO series Lucky Louie was cancelled after one season.
“I’m better than I was before, and hopefully I’ll be better later too,” he proclaimed, adding that being in New York with a “better group of people” has helped his new FX program.
“Whenever you leave behind failure, you’re doing good,” he said. “If you think everything you’ve done is great, you’re probably dumb. … I’m older now too. Older people are smarter and funnier.”
Meanwhile, Louis C.K.’s revolutionary online special Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre, which aired on FX six months after its digital release, picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.
Louis C.K. had previously earned his first Emmy in 1999 in the Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program category for serving as a writer on HBO’s The Chris Rock Show.
Here’s a look at the night’s big winners:
Outstanding comedy series: Modern Family
Outstanding drama series: Homeland
Outstanding miniseries or movie: Game Change
Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding directing for a miniseries or movie: Jay Roach, Game Change
Outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie: Julianne Moore, Game Change
Outstanding writing for a miniseries or movie: Danny Strong, Game Change
Outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie: Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Outstanding variety series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Outstanding directing for a variety special: Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding writing for a variety special: Louis C.K., Louie C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre
Outstanding lead actress in a drama series: Claire Danes, Homeland
Outstanding lead actor in a drama series: Damian Lewis, Homeland
Outstanding directing for a drama series: Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire
Outstanding supporting actress in a drama: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Outstanding writing for a drama series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Homeland
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Outstanding host for a reality show: Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Outstanding reality-competition program: The Amazing Race
Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men Outstanding directing in a comedy series: Steve Levitan, Modern Family
Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series: Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Outstanding writing for a comedy series: Louis C.K., Louie
Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family