Louis C.K The great comedian

Born on 12th September, 1967 in Washington D.C, Louis C.K. is a renowned name in the field of stand-up comedy and cable television. He was one of the four children of his parents Luis, an economist and Mary, a software engineer who divorced when he was 7. He graduated from Newton North High School, Boston and thereafter worked as an auto mechanic, cook, at a video store and at a public access TV cable station.

 

Pathway to Success – Stand Up Comedy

From his childhood days, Louis C.K. was influenced by comedians and writers like Richard Pryor, Steve Martin and George Carlin and always inspired to be one. His first attempt at stand-up comedy was at an open-mic night at a comedy club in Boston. At 17, he was given 5 minutes of time but had material for just two. This discouraged him to a great extent and he gave up performing for two years.

He slowly gained popularity with his side performances with comedians like Denis Leary, Lenny Clarke and Jerry Seinfeld. His first major step to success came in 1996 with HBO releasing his first 30-minute special. Thereafter, there was no looking back. C.K. frequently performed  on shows like Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Lopez Tonight and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Following his role model, George Carlin’s footsteps, Louis C.K. launched his hour-long specials – Shameless in 2007, which was aired on HBO and released as DVDs and Chewed Up in 2008 which was nominated for “Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Variety Special” at the Emmy.

Post-2009, C.K. went on to independently record as well as produce and directs his specials like Hilarious and Live at the Beacon Theater. The latter was distributed digitally and sales from his website in 2011 reported approx. US$ 1 million. This model inspired various other comedians like Jim Gaffigan, Joe Rogan and Aziz Ansari to follow the same.

His other specials which followed the same model include Oh My God and Live at the Comedy Store.

Additional Career Moves

C.K. has also out-shown as a writer by writing for shows like Late Show with David Letterman,  The Dana Carvey Show and The Chris Rock Show. Many of his writing works were nominated for Emmys.

Louis C.K. is well-known for the sitcom he created, directed and starred in – Louie, which addresses life from an aging, divorced father’s perspective taking from his own life. This series got him nominated thrice for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

In addition to the above, he also wrote and directed feature films like Pootie Tang, Tomorrow Night, Sunny Skies and various screenplays and has also voice-acted and acted in various films like David O’ Russell’s American Hustle and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.

Currently, Louis C.K. is developing a series known as “Better Things”, a 10 episode comedy series called “Baskets”and a film titled “I’m a Cop”.