Louis C.K. took to Reddit Monday to connect with digital fans and promote his new self-distributed online comedy special. Over two hours, the comedian answered 50 of the over 500 questions that came in ranging from a young women reminding him that she was his P.A. to advice he could give aspiring performers. Here are the top 5 things we learned from his Q+A:
1) He edits his Louis shows on FX himself
“yeah I do the whole thing. 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.”
2) He wants to continue performing on stage.
“some things don’t change. You need to get on stage as much as possible and vary your stage experience as much as possible and not quit and take care of yourself and always question why you say the things you say and enjoy yourself. The context of history and technology just is what it is. I still have the same freedom because i don’t care, when I’m writing, that I”m famous. It doesn’t help or hurt. I have oh my god so many black tshirts.”
3) He wants to make movies on his terms in the “Louis” model
“I would love yo make more movies. That is a… HARD JOB though, dude. Just to get it made. You can’t even do anything else while you’re tyring to get it made and then you probably won’t. It’s heart breaking. Then it takes a good 2 years to make and finish the movie then it maybe won’t come out and then maybe it gets changed and worse than the movie not getting made, you made it, then it got changed into something you hated and then came out. I thought about what if I make another special like this one and i put it up for 5 bucks again and it goes gangbusters. It makes, say, 8 million bucks. I don’t know that that is even possible. I’m trying to find out what the potential is with this one… I have always put cash back into the work. The profit I made on last years season of louie went to buying a new RED EPIC camera which now sits here next to me and a modest but impressive collection of lenses from germany and england, which now belong to Pig Newton and will be used to shoot said 8 million dollar movie.”
4) He is focused on constantly learning and discovering new ways to connect with his audience:
“Right now, I am learning to be a dad. I am learning how to take better care of myself and my kids. I”m learning how to communicate with people in my life. Professionally, I’m learning right this minute, a HUGE amount with this web experiment. this live at the beacon thing (available at httlp://www.louisck.com for 5 bucks) is like that thing in the movie “Twisiter” where they send a bunch of little data collecting balls up into a tornado and just download the lovely results. The whole things has been like that. From the moment it went online and i saw the result of every decision i made. the last question the web guys asked me before we posted was if I wanted the mail list button defaulted to “opt in” or “opt out” and i said start it at opt out. It’s such a tiny thing but I keep hearing about it from people. So so interesting to watch this grow.”
5) He makes baseball analogies:
” I think there’s a million ways to do things. there was a pitcher for the Yankees once named Orlando Hernandez or “el Duque” he was a cuban exile. A thing they said about him was he was hard to hit cause he had so many arm angles and release points. a hitter studies a pitcher and watches for the ball so he can time it, but with el duque, you don’t even know where (he) is coming from. Nine o clock? Eleven? And does he let go of it up top or out front? Impossible. I sometimes think of comedy in those terms.”
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