Louis C.K. Partners with Netflix for Two New Stand-Up Specials

Louis C.K. is taking a stand(-up)…

The 49-year-old Mexican American comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and editor has inked a deal with Netflix for two new stand-up specials.

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Louis C.K.’s first, titled 2017, was filmed in Washington D.C., and will premiere April 4, everywhere Netflix is available.

“Louis has been one of the most innovative comedy voices in this new era of stand-up,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “He has also been a thought leader in the business of comedy.”

Louis C.K. and Netflix hinted at a potential future collaboration back in August, when his most recent stand-up special, the 2015 Live at the Comedy Store, quietly launched on Netflix. Like his 2011 special, Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater, Live at the Comedy Store was produced independently by Louis C.K. and distributed directly to consumers through his website for $5. A few months after its original release online, Live From the Comedy Store premiered on FX. The pickup by Netflix came more than a year later.

One of the most respected stand-up comedians working today, the six-time Emmy winner has also done specials for HBO, Showtime and Epix.

In January 2015, he became the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden three times for the same tour. The third show was recorded and released as a digital audio download on his website, which went on to take home a 2016 Grammy for Best Comedy Album. The following year, as part of an international tour that culminated in this latest special, Louis C.K. broke his own record by selling out Madison Square Garden five times over, as well as arenas all over the country.

Louis C.K. also has ramped up production via his company Pig Newton. Independently, the company produced drama Horace and Pete, which Louis C.K. wrote directed and starred in. The show, which debuted in January 2016 and was directly distributed through his website, was recently acquired by Hulu for streaming. Via his overall deal at FX Productions, Pig Newton produces the upcoming animated series The Cops for TBS, which he co-created and voices, FX comedy series Baskets and Better Things and Amazon’s One Mississippi. And he’s the executive producer, writer, director, editor and star of FX’s acclaimed comedy series Louie, which is on an indefinite hiatus after five seasons.

Louis C.K. Nabs Four Awards at 2012 Comedy Awards

Louis C.K. proved to be the king of the night at the second annual Comedy Central Comedy Awards this past weekend…

The 44-year-old part-Mexican American actor/comedian—who was nominated for five awards—picked up four trophies, including Stand-Up Tour of the year during the taped awards show.

Louis C.K. beat out Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Attell, Lewis Black and Kevin Hart for the honor.

Meanwhile, Louis C.K.’s online comedy special Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theaterwon the award for Comedy Special of the Year.

In addition, Louis C.K.’s popular FX series Louie took home the trophies for Sketch/Alternative Comedy Series and Comedy Directing-TV.

The night’s other winners included comedic icons Robin Williams, Melissa McCarthy, Don Rickles and Amy Poehler.

The awards show are scheduled to air on May 6 at 9:00 pm ET on Comedy Central.

Here’s a look at the complete list of winners:

  • Stand-Up Icon Award: Robin Williams
  • Johnny Carson Award: Don Rickles
  • Comedy Film: “Bridesmaids”
  • Animated Comedy Film: “Rango”
  • Performance by an Actor-Film: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
  • Performance by an Actress-Film: Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
  • Comedy Director-Film: Paul Feig, “Bridesmaids”
  • Comedy Screenplay: “Bridesmaids”
  • Comedy Series: “Parks and Recreation”
  • Sketch/Alternative Comedy Series: “Louie”
  • Animated Comedy Series: “Archer”
  • Performance by an Actor-TV: Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
  • Performance by an Actress-TV: Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
  • Late Night Comedy Series: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”
  • Comedy Writing-TV: “30 Rock”
  • Comedy Directing-TV: “Louie”
  • Comedy Special of the Year: “Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater
  • Stand-Up Tour: Louis C.K.
  • Club Comic: Hannibal Buress
  • Breakout Performer of the Year: Donald Glover
  • Best Viral Original: “Songify This-Winning-A Song by Charlie Sheen”

Louis C.K. Receives Five Comedy Award Noms

It appears Louis C.K. is the new King of Comedy…

The 44-year-old part-Mexican American actor/comedian has received five nominations at the 2012 Comedy Awards, tying Modern Family, 30 Rock, Bridesmaids and Crazy, Stupid, Love for the most nods.

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Louis C.K.’s five nominations include three for his hit FX series Louie, one for his straight-to-internet comedy special Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater and one for best stand-up tour.

In all, Louie received four nominations, including best directing.

Here’s a look at Louis C.K.’s individual nods and the people he’s up against:

Performance by an Actor – TV
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Steve Carell, “The Office”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Comedy Special of the Year
“Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater”
“Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup”
“Patton Oswalt Finest Hour”
“Colin Quinn Long Story Short”
“Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts”

Stand-Up Tour
Dave Attell
Lewis Black
Louis C.K.
Kevin Hart
Jerry Seinfeld

But Louis C.K. isn’t the only Hispanic star in the running for a Comedy Award.

Part-Cuban American actress Cameron Diaz has received a nod in the Performance by an Actress – Film category for her work in Bad Teacher.

Meanwhile, Colombian bombshell Sofia Vergara has received a Performance by an Actress – TV nomination for work on ABC’s Modern Family.

This year’s second annual Comedy Awards will take place on April 28 at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom and air on Comedy Central on May 6.

Louis C.K. Feeling Extra Generous This Holiday

‘Tis the season of giving… And, this holiday Louis C.K. is giving away a bulk of his earnings from his online comedy special to various charities.

During a recent appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the 44-year-old part-Mexican actor/comedian talked about earning a staggering $1 million from Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater, his online-only special that he released earlier this month for $5. He talked about never having had that much money and how he felt uncomfortable with it.

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“That’s not even my money,” Louis C.K. told host Jimmy Fallon. “That’s just a $5 impulse that 220,000 people had – and now I had it.”

The comedian said he set aside $280,000 for five different charities. They include the Fistula Foundation, which helps women who have childbirth injuries, and Green Chimneys, which benefits underprivileged children.

Louis C.K. also set aside $250,000 to pay for the production of the comedy special, and the same amount for holiday bonuses for his staff.


Louis C.K.’s Latest Comedy Special Available Online…

Louis C.K. is one of the most revered comics of the modern era… And, he’s apparently one of the smartest, too.

To give anxious fans instant access to his recent material, the 44-year-old part-Mexican comedian/actor has released Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater straight to the internet.

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The one-hour comedy special starts with Louis making his own kind of please-turn-off-your-cell-phone announcement and a warning not to text or tweet during the show: “Just live your life,” he says. And it builds to a moment where he has to pause and say, “Okay, that’s the worst thing I’ve ever said. It’s good to know I’ve hit bottom.”

Louis, who received an Emmy nomination for his starring role in FX’s comedy series Louie, is offering the one-hour special on his own website for only $5.

By purchasing the special, you’ll be able to stream it twice in your browser or download it twice as an unprotected MPEG 4 video file. Once downloaded, you’ll be able to view the special as often as you’d like, put it on your iPad or even burn it to a DVD.

But he asks that you please not illegally download it.

“I’d just like you to consider this: I made this video extremely easy to use against well-informed advice,” says the comedian. “I was told that it would be easier to torrent the way I made it, but I chose to do it this way anyway, because I want it to be easy for people to watch and enjoy
this video in any way they want without ‘corporate” restrictions.’”

To download the special, simply visit www.louisck.net.