Louis C.K.: Hilarious (2010)

IF you get the channel EPIX, I suggest you watch Louis C.K.’s Hilarious tonite.

10 Louis C.K. Facts

1. Louis shortened his last name, Szekely, to the letters “C” and “K” to make it easier for people to pronounce. Are you paying attention, Melina Kanakaredes?

2. Smart genes: Louis’ parents met while they were students at Harvard University – not, as you might suspect, at Chuckles Comedy Institute.

3. Louis spent the first five years of his life living in Mexico City, before his parents moved back to Massachusetts. In fact, Spanish was his first language. How do you say “C.K.” en Español?

4. To prepare himself for life as a stand-up comic, Louis trained with renowned Massachusetts boxer Micky Ward. As Louis explained it, he thought it was important to “do the grunt work and the boring, constant training so that you’ll be fit enough to take the beating.”

5. Something about a man in uniform: Louis’ various acting roles have included a security guard, a park ranger, an EMT, and the police officer looking to capture Amy Poehler’s heart on NBC’s Parks and Recreation.

6. Louis took home an Emmy for his writing on The Chris Rock Show. He shared the award with fellow writers Rock, Wanda Sykes and Lance Crouther, who all starred in Louis’ feature film Pootie Tang (which, sadly, won no awards).

7. In addition to his time on The Chris Rock Show, Louis also spent time as a writer on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Dana Carvey Show. If you’ve laughed late at night in the last 20 years, thank Louis.

8. Groundbreaker: Louis created, co-wrote and starred in the series Lucky Louie on HBO, the network’s first sitcom to be taped in front of a live studio audience.

9. Groundbreaker, part 2: Louis C.K.: Hilarious premiered at Sundance – the first stand-up comedy film ever accepted into the revered film festival.

10. Louis claims the hardest decision he had to make in directing Hilarious was choosing which of his performances to film – he narrowed the choice down to Minneapolis, Cleveland and Boston before ultimately deciding on Milwaukee. No hard feelings, but 46 other states would have loved to star in your movie too, Lou.

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