Do you remember a few years ago when Louis CK was a deep cut in the comedy geek record collection? Now he's super famous, which means any time he does anything, dozens of interviews will follow. One of the nice things about Louis is he makes an effort to not repeat himself too much in his interviews, so they all contain a new and interesting tidbit. Just this weekend he was interviewed by Pitchfork, and it's chock-full of cool things…
As a stand-up, when you watch an open-mic comedian who just started, you get this this nostalgic envy because you'll never be a new comedian again. There's a rawness that somebody who doesn't know what the fuck they're doing brings to stand-up and acting that's really great. So when you write from your gut and let the stuff stay flawed and don't let anybody tell you to make it better, it can end up looking like nothing else.
Keeping the flaws, getting back to the initial energy a young comic or filmmaker has, is something Louis stresses a great deal. If you've seen Talking Funny, it was interesting hearing Louis and Chris Rock championing this approach in contrast to Jerry Seinfeld, who is more of a rigorous perfectionist, holding on to material year after year.
Here's another cool quote…
I'm not interested in other people thinking differently. I don't care. I'm not even educated; it's something that I'm not qualified to do. I'm just like yeast– I eat sugar and I shit alcohol. And there's a huge culture that goes with that. Alcohol creates massive shifts in world history, and it changes people's lives. People get pregnant because of alcohol. But the yeast doesn't give a fuck. The yeast isn't going, "I really want to help people loosen up and bring passion into Irish people's lives."
You should do yourself a favor and read the whole thing. Like I mentioned, there's a ton of CK interviews floating around. I went through the trouble of assembling some I had lying around my browser from the past two weeks: Slate, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Variety.
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