Pitchfork: All of that is so obvious, but we don’t even see it. Do you want people to take away a message like that from your stand-up or your show?
Louis C.K.: I find that when people laugh really hard, it’s usually because they’re connecting and identifying in a way that they hadn’t considered. That’s my payoff. 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.”
I don’t know a lot about the world comedy, like it’s underground and whatnot. I don’t know all the up and coming comedians that are really truly funny and innovative but are still only playing to like 9 people in a dirty club somewhere unremarkable. In a lot of ways I know about comedy like how I knew about music when I was 13. I know the major radio comedians. And if that’s the case, then I think Louis C.K. is like a Nirvana or Flaming Lips type of comedian. He’s pretty much everywhere, has large resources at his disposal for his work, truly famous, and yet artistically is still completely on point. Maybe more than he’s ever been. That has to be near impossibly hard to maintain.
It’s rare to, as a lazy consumer, get something this good without really working for it. Like, I know about this guy from a viral video. I didn’t have to go to a club night after night and watch a hundred comedians before one was really good. I clicked on a link that millions had already clicked on. I imagine that’s a lot like turning the radio on and hearing the end of a Poison song, then Smells Like Teen Spirit starts.
“I am a glow-in-the-dark translucently white guy who prefers the troglodyte life and avoids the sun like the plague it is.”—
Couldn’t have said it better myself. Also, Dave Arnold just may be my new favorite person. His blog and podcast are a must. I listened to the latter in solid 5 hour segments during long drives on my last tour. Oh, and if you’re like me and have always been suspect about the claims made by raw food diet advocates, definitely click on the link to the blog. Really interesting stuff. Now if you need me, I’ll be cooking things well past 120F.
I read Jonathan Franzen’s novel, The Corrections, on tour last fall and loved it. It was refreshingly easy to read while managing to still be dense with ideas and insights. Franzen has an admirable ability to marry simplicity with substance while skirting the dangers of pretense entirely. I’ve had his most recent novel, Freedom, on deck in a very short stack of books I’ve been intending to read for an embarrassingly long time. Linked above, his wonderful commencement speech at Kenyon College (same place his friend David Foster Wallace gave his incredible speech) has motivated me to get to reading a bit faster.
It’s 4:19 in the morning, I just got home from work, and here’s what’s on my mind:
Ok, so easily. Like the word, easily. You take the word ease, you add, more or less, an ly, and then you end up with a word that means pretty much the same thing. If something is done easily then it’s done with ease, right? Right!
Same thing for short. Add an ly and it totally makes sense, the definition of shortly stemming from its root.
Quickly too. That one totally falls in line.
This is true for pretty much every ly word I can think of at 4…well now it’s :23 in the morning.
Hard. Add an ly and hardly has, well, hardly nothing to do with its root. Right? Am I wrong here? Why does adding an ly to hard all of a sudden turn the word into it’s opposite? I need answers, English Language!!
And that’s what is going through my head after work at 4:25 in the morning.