Louis CK’s had a pretty unlikely career: After a bunch of failed television shows, the man commonly known as the comedian’s comedian finally had a hit with his latest—Louie, on FX—when he was given the creative autonomy to do what he wants with it. It’s all too fitting, then, that he’s taken today to Reddit’s famous AMA (or: Ask Me Anything) forum, about as likely an unlikely viral success as Louis CK himself.
He opened the thread with a typically self-deprecating, nice little shill:
Hello. I have zero idea what is about to happen. I’ll answer as many questions as I can. I’m sure I don’t have to mention that if you go to http://www.louisck.com you can buy my latest standup special “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater for 5 dollars via paypal. You don’t have to join paypal. The movie is DRM free and is available worldwide. It’s all new material that has not been in a special or on my show and will never be performed again and it’s not available anywhere else. I’m sure I don’t need to mention any of that so I won’t bother. Oops. Hi.
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One user asked him about the aforementioned creative autonomy with his show. He responded:
I got it by demanding it and refusing to do the show any other way at all and by having the leverage that I was completely willing to walk away without doing the show and by agreeing to an extremely low budget so that they could offset the risk of giving me this freedom becuase they are risking less money…yeah I do the whole thign. On season 1 I had an editor and we shared it about half. But season two i edited without any help. It was fucking hard. and yes, i sit at the macbook and just put it together from start frame to finish.
That is cool. It keeps getting better. One user responded:
That’s insane. You’re a talented motherfucker.
To which Louis CK replied in kind:
It’s still going down over at Reddit. Get in on the fun.
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