I was really pleased that Louis C.K. won the Emmy for the special “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre” and for best comedy writing for “Louie”. Even better that that he received it from Jim Parson and Zooey-Deschanel.
I want to share two great podcasts that will interest Louis C.K. fans, but first here’s my “brush with greatness” story.
In the late 1990’s I had the good fortune to work on a Canadian TV talk show with a decent budget. My job was to get guests for the show; I was limited only by my imagination and my ability to convince people to come to Toronto for a night, all expenses paid.
You probably know by now that I’m a big comedy fan. So whenever I could, I would arrange to get comedians, and comic writers on the show. My top comedy “gets” were Louis C.K., Ray Romano and Robert Schimmel (below).
Notable writers that I was able to get to appear on the show were Tony Hendra, who wrote for National Lampoon magazine from its beginning in 1970, and Robert Smigel best known for writing the Saturday Night Live “TV Funhouse” cartoon shorts and as the puppeteer, and voice, behind Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.
Prior to his appearance on the show, I remember being really impressed with Louis. He was one of the most prolific and hard working comedians I had ever met. He was also took film making very seriously.
Louis, like many others, had his share of ups and downs before gaining popular success. Here’s a link to a candid interview with Louis C.K. on KCRW’s “The Treatment”. Louis talks about his early work, especially his 2001 box office flop “Pootie Tang”.
And here’s a marvellous companion piece. It’s an interview, from KCRW’s “The Business”, with the president of FX Networks John Landgraf. Landgraf transformed FX into a producer of creative, award-winning television. He accomplished this, in part, through the unconventional deals he struck with Louis C.K. and Charlie Sheen. (Landgraf also talks about why he passed on the critical and commercial success Breaking Bad.)
Listen, think and enjoy…in the meantime Congrats Louis