Louis C.K. Says He’ll Be Making His Money Back on “Horace and Pete”
This means he still is pushing forward in revolutionizing television as we know it.
With a ten-episode first season that came out of his pocket (and a credit line that he had to open up), Louis C.K.’s original series Horace and Pete gained plenty of critical acclaim and went reportedly millions of dollars in the red.
For any of those worried that C.K.’s experimentation in new forms of media distribution was at risk, you might have started worrying a little too soon.
That’s not quite gangbusters, but it does mean that Louis has broke even independently creating, producing, and distributing his own TV show on his own digital platform.
It’s a feat, milestone that will be a major part in ushering in the new era of television where the lines between streaming services, networks, creators, etc. are blurred. Undoubtedly, C.K. will try more genre-bending shows, films, and otherwise on LouisCK.net very soon.
Transparent, Veep, Key & Peele, Bill Murray, and More Get Nominations for 22nd SAG Awards
Most of these nominations are, by now, the usual awards season suspects.
The nominees for this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, coming up on Jan. 30th, have just been announced. As far as comedy is concerned, the perennial favorites are around again: Veep, Modern Family, Louis C.K., Key & Peele, Transparent, The Big Bang Theory. Some inclusions of note among the field are Bill Murray for his special that was just released very recently, Kristen Wiig for The Spoils Before Dying, and Carol Burnett receiving a lifetime achievement award.
See the rest of the comedy nominees below and the full list here.
Unlike The Emmys thought, The SAG Awards have put Orange Is The New Black and Shameless into consideration in the comedy category and both garner nominations.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
BILL MURRAY “A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
KRISTEN WIIG “THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING” (IFC)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
LOUIS C.K. / Louie – “LOUIE” (FX Networks)
WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank – “SHAMELESS” (Showtime)
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)
JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – “TRANSPARENT” (Amazon)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)
ELLIE KEMPER / Kimmy Schmidt – “UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT” (Netflix)
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)
AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope – “PARKS AND RECREATION” (NBC)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler
KALEY CUOCO / Penny
JOHNNY GALECKI / Leonard Hofstadter
SIMON HELBERG / Howard Wolowitz
KUNAL NAYYAR / Rajesh Koothrappali
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper
MELISSA RAUCH / Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz
KEY & PEELE (Comedy Central)
KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY / Various Characters
JORDAN PEELE / Various Characters
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy
AUBREY ANDERSON EMMONS / Lily Tucker-Pritchett
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell Pritchett
NOLAN GOULD / Luke Dunphy
SARAH HYLAND / Haley Dunphy
ED O’NEILL / Jay Pritchett
RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny Delgado
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
ARIEL WINTER / Alex Dunphy
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
MIKE BIRBIGLIA / Danny Pearson
MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE / Berdie Rogers
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset
JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales
CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell
LEA DELARIA / Carrie “Big Boo” Black
BETH FOWLER / Sister Jane Ingalls
JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O’Neill
KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Black Cindy
KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek
LORI PETTY / Lolly Whitehill
JESSICA PIMENTEL / Maria Ruiz
DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara Diaz
LAURA PREPON / Alex Vause
ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ / Aleida Diaz
RUBY ROSE / Stella Carlin
NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo
ABIGAIL SAVAGE / Gina
TAYLOR SCHILLING / Piper Chapman
CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Yoga Jones
DALE SOULES / Frieda
YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello
SAMIRA WILEY / Poussey Washington
ALEXANDRA BILLINGS / Davina Rejennae
CARRIE BROWNSTEIN / Syd Feldman
JAY DUPLASS / Josh Pfefferman
KATHRYN HAHN / Raquel Fein
GABY HOFFMANN / Ali Pfefferman
CHERRY JONES / Leslie Mackinaw
AMY LANDECKER / Sarah Pfefferman
JUDITH LIGHT / Shelly Pfefferman
HARI NEF / Gittel/Gerson
EMILY ROBINSON / Rose Boymelgreen
JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman
DIEDRICH BADER / Bill Ericsson
SUFE BRADSHAW / Sue Wilson
ANNA CHLUMSKY / Amy Brookheimer
GARY COLE / Kent Davidson
KEVIN DUNN / Ben Cafferty
TONY HALE / Gary Walsh
HUGH LAURIE / Tom James
PHIL REEVES / Doyle
SAM RICHARDSON / Richard
REID SCOTT / Dan Egan
TIMOTHY SIMONS / Jonah Ryan
SARAH SUTHERLAND / Catherine
MATT WALSH / Mike McLintock
52nd Annual SAG Life Achievement Award
Louis C.K., Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, & More Get Nominations for 2016 Grammys
It’s interesting to note that all the nominated comedy albums were album versions of comedy specials.
Out of the 83 categories that The Grammys span, two categories always have comedy offerings: Best Spoken Word Album and Best Comedy Album.
This year, the comedy nominees are:
BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM (INCLUDES POETRY, AUDIO BOOKS & STORYTELLING)
Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted Hijinks-Dick Cavett (Macmillan Audio)
Yes Please-Amy Poehler & Various Artists (Harper Audio)
BEST COMEDY ALBUM
Back To The Drawing Board-Lisa Lampanelli (Comedy Dynamics)
Brooklyn-Wyatt Cenac (Other Music Recording)
Happy. And A Lot.-Jay Mohr (Lolflix Inc.)
Just Being Honest-Craig Ferguson (Lionsgate Records)
Live At Madison Square Garden-Louis C.K. (Comedy Dynamics)
As mentioned above, each of the comedy album nominees are albums derived from a comedy special that was released or aired over the last year or so. That hasn’t always been the case, but there are a lot of lower profile albums that were so great that didn’t have the benefit of having a televised special to accompany it like Mary Mack’s Pig Woman. That’s not to say someone like C.K. isn’t deserving of a nomination, but we just wish there was a wider seeming scope in the field of nominees.
Hopefully, that’ll change in the coming years even if they have to add another category or two.
Here’s Your First Look at FX’s “Baskets” from Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K.
Jan. 2016 will see the premiere of Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K.’s highly anticipated Baskets, a FX series that follows someone desperately trying to become a world class clown, but is really struggling to get there.
Here’s a brief glimpse of Baskets and what it’s like for aspiring clowns that perhaps might be not attaining their goals of supreme clowning.
Amazon Has Ordered Semi-Autobiographical Tig Notaro Comedy Pilot with Louis C.K. and Diablo Cody as Executive Producers
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
This means that Tig Notaro now has a documentary about her on Netflix, a tour special on Showtime, an upcoming stand-up special on HBO, and possibly a series coming to Amazon.
Today, Amazon has announced the order of a pilot that’s based on Tig’s life, right around the time where she recorded Live, that will star Tig as well. Both Louis C.K. and writer/director Diablo Cody have attached their names to the project as executive producers, which makes it hard for us to imagine this pilot not getting picked up to series.
At the very least, we’ll all probably get a chance to see the pilot since it will be on Amazon.
Louis C.K. Set to Write, Direct, and Star in Full-Length Feature “I’m a Cop”
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
It would seem that C.K. is just really good at playing an awkward cop.
With having a groundbreaking accomplishments with his stand-up, TV show, and web site, Louis C.K. has now set his sights back on one of his first loves, film.
C.K. will write, direct, and star, as is becoming a bit of his auteur signature, in “I’m A Cop” following the life of a bumbling volunteer cop who is goaded into becoming an actual cop after the passing of his mother, a decorated retired cop. Legendary producer Scott Rudin is on board for the project as well.
If you remember C.K. playing a cop on Parks and Recreation and attempting to play a cop in an episode of Louie, you know that C.K. might have something brilliant, yet again, up his sleeve.
SNL Will Close Out This Season with Louis C.K. as Host
Good call, Lorne.
As Louis C.K. has hosted some of the best episodes of Saturday Night Live in recent years, it only makes sense that he close out this season. The next season of SNL will lead into an election year and many sketches will undoubtedly focus on that.
The 40th season finale of SNL with C.K. as host is set for May 16th.
“Louie” Can’t Find a Place to Poop
Here’s a pretty good example of how a stand-up bit can inspire, rather than be transposed into a sitcom scene.
Louis C.K. has had a bit or two about getting older and having to poop and on last night’s episode of Louie there was a whole scene delving right into that topic.
Unlike many comedian based sitcoms that often take stand-up bits and put it right into a scene almost word-for-word, this need to poop while escorting his daughters around gets embellished with more details and nuance as a scene.
“Louie” Goes to Some Kind of Potluck
Beware the dangers of potlucks?
Louie returned for its fifth season last night on FX and is back in full form of a hilarity that defies strict definition or limits.
FX Getting a Louis C.K. Special and a Pamela Adlon Pilot
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
With FX’s very successful partnership with Louis C.K., it only makes sense that they’re continuing to double down on projects with him.
Now, they’re going to get to show his latest stand-up special and have him also direct a comedy pilot starring Pamela Adlon. The pilot “Better Things” sounds like it will pair quite well with Louie since it follows a single mother/actress dealing with three daughters and, maybe, sex and also has Adlon who plays one of the few actually recurring characters on Louie.
We will be looking forward to all of this.
An Actual First Look Into This Season of Louie From These Two Teasers
Up until now, the promos for Louie on FX have been surrealist, black and white, contemplative, and absent of any clips from this upcoming fourth season.
Louis C.K.’s Next Big Thing Is Selling His Movie “Tomorrow Night” on His Website
Louis C.K. has been noted over the last few years with reinventing the wheel of media by selling his own comedy special on his website for $5, doing every job on his TV show that’s humanly possible along with getting final cut, etc.
His latest milestone will be selling a movie, shot in black and white, that he made partially on his own dime, Tomorrow Night, on his own website. He made this announcement last night on The Tonight Show and revealed that it never got distributed anywhere in 1998.
In 2014, black and white seems to no longer be a deal breaker for audiences and with all the acclaim that CK has gathered since 98, it’s probably a good time for this.
Here’s the trailer for Tomorrow Night; you might know a few people making cameos like Conan O’Brien or JB Smoove.
The Comedian’s Guide to Feeling Better About Trying To Make It In Comedy
It’s no secret that there is a great deal of personal mental strain that comedians go through, often self-inflicted, despite having “making people laugh” in their job description. While self-help books are often a popular topic for jokes and I’ve surprised other comedians by not having ever entered therapy, any person legitimately doing comedy would tell you that any whisper of encouragement, even if not specifically directed at them, is more than welcome.
Over the last few months, such symbolic “pats on the back” and sincere echoes of “keep at it and believe in yourself” have popped up online and have given credence to the aforementioned claim of insecurity by comedians. The following is a collection of those metaphorical motivational posters in the form of podcasts, quotes, videos, etc. that might make you more feel comfortable along the road to answering the question:
What the fuck am I doing trying to make strangers laugh?
4) “It took me until my 40s to realize it: There’s no destination. There’s no getting anywhere. There’s just the going. The key to life is to make the going really fun. Because people that are like, “If I just get to this, then boom!” And then they get there and there’s this dawning of an afterwards. Whereas I’m just always in the going. And it’s not a frantic going like, “I gotta keep going or I’m gonna go nuts!” I can not do anything for weeks or months if I need to and just sit and read books or watch movies. I’m just as fine consuming and absorbing new art as I am trying to make it. But it’s all in the going.”
Morning Debriefing 8/25/11
1) Jonah Ray’s Jonah’s Arcade was going to be a Comedy Central show, but sadly it’s not. Watch the pilot episode and maybe you’ll be inspired to start a letter writing campaign.
3) Hey Internet, Can’t You Take a Fucking Joke? A piece by us for Laughspin.
4) Tonight, Bill Burr will be on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS 11:35PM), Louie will be back at it’s normal time, but will go an entire hour (FX 10:30PM), NTSF:SD:SUV will have a strip club fight (Adult Swim 12:15AM), and The Green Room with Paul Provenza airs its infamous Tony Clifton episode (Yes, the one with the clip above) (Showtime 11PM).
4) Grantland’s already sniffing out Razzie front runners. Oh, what the human race would do without bad movies…
5) LA Comedy abroad and abroad-ish
Jeff MacKinnon’s recap for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on days 8 & 9 on Laughspin
Travels with Kyle Kinane, Dispatch #3 on Splitsider
6) Connected Comedy lists the 3 Things Comedians Are More Afraid of Than They Should Be. Yeah, tellin’ like it is.
8) COMEDY CRAWL
Gallows Humor @ Vlad’s the Retailer 7:30PM $5
The Imaginary Radio Program @ Nerdist Theater 8PM $8 online/$10 at door
1642 Comedy Social Club @ 1642 Beer & Wine 8:30PM FREE
6 Degrees @ Hollywood Improv Lab 8:30PM $5 w/online promo code: six
The Josh & Josh Show @ Bar Lubitsch 8:30PM FREE
Hamclown @ Alexandria Hotel (in the Mezz) 9PM FREE
Adams/Claybrooks/Brandt/Reutter @ Art Theatre 9PM $8
Comedy Central on Campus @ USC Campus Center Grand Ballroom 9PM
The Comedy Palace @ The Palace Restaurant 9:30PM FREE
Small & Tall Tales @ UCB Theatre 9:30PM $5
Sweet, Sweet Stand-up @ M Bar 10PM Pay What You Can
Rest in Peace @ Hollywood Hotel 10PM FREE
The Tulsa Skull Swingers @ The Echo MIDNIGHT $10
9) OPEN MIC RUN
SAL’S COMEDY HOLE 7356 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 6PM/$4 minimum/first come, first served
COFEE BEAN 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA, Suite 180/Starts 7PM/mixed mic/no purchase necessary
SANDWICH SPOT 3101 Ocean Park Ave., Santa Monica, CA/Sign-up 6:30PM/Starts 7PM/first come, first served
CAFE ON 2ND 7 S. 2nd St., Alhambra, CA/Sign-up 6:30PM/Starts 7PM/first come, first served/10 min.
SUNSET GRILL 7439 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA/Starts 7PM/one item min.
CAFE UNURBAN 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA/Sign-up (lottery) 9PM/No purchase necessary
MARTY’S/THE OPEN MIC 7351 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA (walk up Martel, past Big Mama’s and Papa’s)/5PM to 11PM/$5 min./multiple sets allowed/first come, first served/coffee and bottled water available
10) Neighbors was the shit. That’s all I’ll say for now.