Stand-Up Comedy by Louis CK


   

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This section is for stand-up comedy by Louis CK. By default the stand-up sets are presented starting with those ranking highest on the laugh-o-meter, but you can also sort them by year, title or IMDB rating.

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Louis CK is said to have been born on Tuesday 12 September 1967, which would make him 50 years, 11 months and 7 days old (if this date is accurate and he is alive today).


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Louis CK was credited as writer and actor in the following stand-up comedy set.
At the time, he would have been about 37 years old.
Louis C.K.: One Night Stand DVDLouis C.K.: One Night Stand
      2005 | USA | Laughs: 7.6 | imdb: 7.8
      

This short show is really good value. The adult portion of the set might be a bit long, but there are really good segments about marriage and kids, with material that feels like it came out of an original mind, rather than from the big pot of stale material so many comedians seem to be dipping into. (Last viewed: January 2013)

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Louis CK was credited as writer and actor in the following stand-up comedy set.
At the time, he would have been about 33 years old.
Louis C.K.: Comedy Central PresentsLouis C.K.: Comedy Central Presents
      2001 | USA | Laughs: 7.2 | imdb: 7.4
      

A nice short set with material that mostly works—a good introduction to Louis CK's clever thinking, devoid of adult themes for a (welcome) change. (Last viewed: January 2013)

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Louis CK was credited as writer, director and actor in the following stand-up comedy set.
At the time, he would have been about 47 years old.
Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store posterLouis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store
      2015 | USA | Laughs: 7.0 | imdb: 7.8
      

After a while, most stand-up comedians naturally peter out as they exhaust their source of material. In his past shows Louis CK seemed well-engaged on this down slope, but this set firmly reverses the trend, and features Louis at his funniest I had seen him in a long time. The setting is intimate, and the camera captures facial expressions that greatly enhance the performance. If you don't mind a little crudeness, this is an entertaining set. (Last viewed: February 2015)

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Louis CK was credited as writer and actor in the following stand-up comedy set.
At the time, he would have been about 39 years old.
Louis C.K.: Shameless DVDLouis C.K.: Shameless
      2007 | USA | Laughs: 6.8 | imdb: 8.7
      

This was the first time I saw Louis CK, and it was a great surprise. I had confused him with someone else and had expected not to like him, but I really enjoyed his set. Now don't get me wrong, I was not rolling on the floor laughing—it was more on the level of chuckling, but that was enough for me because the chuckling was triggered by material I found original and stimulating.

In this show (and perhaps others of his shows) Louis doesn't spend time complaining about the government, comparing black people to white people, or cracking jokes about airport security. He talks about ordinary situations, such as standing in traffic, being at home with his family, hating people when visiting the post office or a coffee shop. He also touches on a number of adult themes, but with what to me seem to be new angles compared to the horde of crass comedians out there.

Louis's humor hinges on candid observation, much like Jerry Seinfeld's, but it allows mature language and themes. In fact you could say that he's a Jerry Seinfeld for mature audiences. Much of the pleasure stems from Louis being very candid (and smart) about taboo topics. Like Jerry, Louis has a limited range of voices and facial expressions, but that seems to be enough (although more would probably help convert some of the chuckles into laughs).

I look forward to watching more of his shows.
(Last viewed: January 2013)

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Louis CK was credited as writer, director and actor in the following stand-up comedy set.
At the time, he would have been about 40 years old.
Louis C.K.: Chewed Up DVDLouis C.K.: Chewed Up
      2008 | USA | Laughs: 6.6 (Watch Once) | imdb: 8.6
      

The first twenty minutes felt weak and needlessly vulgar, but the show picked up steam, and I was soon chuckling. Nothing big happened, no big laughter came out, but it was pleasant listening to Louis talk about the hardship of being a parent, and, probably because we are about the same age, about some of the transformations he has been undergoing since reaching forty. (Last viewed: January 2013)

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Louis CK was credited as writer, director and actor in the following stand-up comedy set.
At the time, he would have been about 43 years old.
Louis C.K.: HilariousLouis C.K.: Hilarious
      2011 | USA | Laughs: 6.5 | imdb: 8.5
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Louis got a divorce since his previous recording (Chewed-Up). Although I'm thrilled for him, I'm sad to lose the funny material about his interaction with his spouse. As the previous one, this show doesn't have a lot of laughter-triggering material, but I didn't mind because I enjoyed listening to Louis's bright mind at work. The first part is probably the funniest. It's also the dirtiest. I really didn't need to hear another twenty minutes of Louis on the general theme of men pleasuring themselves. (Last viewed: January 2013)

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Louis CK was credited as writer, director and actor in the following stand-up comedy set.
At the time, he would have been about 45 years old.
Louis CK - Oh My God posterLouis CK - Oh My God
      2013 | USA | Laughs: 6.5 (Laugh and Smile) | imdb: 8.4
      wikipedia

Over the years, Louis CK has been feeding his shows from two different taps—the smart tap and the trashy tap. For this special, thankfully, he doesn't have the trashy tap all the way open, which makes it easier to watch than his Beacon Theatre special.

For laughs, the show starts at its peak. Then there is a very long lull. Then the show picks up again and Louis ends strong.

Overall, a very enjoyable hour. (Last viewed: September 2016)

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Louis CK was credited as writer, director and actor in the following stand-up comedy set.
At the time, he would have been about 43 years old.
Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon TheaterLouis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater
      2011 | USA | Laughs: 5.9 | imdb: 8.4
      wikipedia

This show has some good segments, but you can easily skip it if you've seen other sets by Louis. I, for one, have lost any interest for his obsession with self-pleasuring and other below-the-belt activities. But that must be what sells best. (Last viewed: January 2013)

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Louis CK was credited as writer and actor in the following stand-up comedy set.
At the time, he would have been about 28 years old.
Louis C.K.: Comedy Half-HourLouis C.K.: Comedy Half-Hour
      1996 | USA | Laughs: 3.0 (Don't Bother) | imdb: 7.5
      

Having recently watched a Louis CK show for the first time, I was curious to see what he was like in his early recordings. Well it's a lot less funny—I chuckled once, a meager payoff for a half hour of comedy. There's a lot of adult material of little interest (strangely, the soundtrack has beeps over the curse words). Unless you're also wanting to research this comedian's past, I'd say you can safely skip this show. (Last viewed: January 2013)

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