My favourite comedian right now is Louis CK:
Yes, he swears and many would find him offensive. But I’d put him in the same category of comedian as, say, George Carlin. Because George was unapologetic about his passion for life, and it showed, yes, even through his dirty words and cynicism. I put Louis in the same basket. Sure he crosses (many) lines, but he’s honest and at the core is this person who just wants the world to be a better place for his two kids.
There was no way we were going to miss him at the Opera House this week as part of the Just for Laughs Festival. No chance!
We hadn’t been to the Opera House since our epic Ben Folds 3-nighter. Whenever I make that walk between Circular Quay and the Opera House itself, I pinch myself and remember that I’m living in the city with the most beautiful harbour in the world.
Louis was supported by Tom Gleeson, who I’d heard of but never seen live. Louis discovered Tom via YouTube a couple of months ago and asked Tom to be the support act for his Aussie tour.
As a bonus, we had a support act for the support act. An “up-and-comer” from Melbourne called Rob Hunter, who, Louis spotted at (and I quote) “a shitty Melbourne comedy club”. So Louis asked if he could fly up to Sydney and perform at the Opera House. Rob Hunter is teh funny, keep an eye out for him.
So Louis finds his own support acts – either on YouTube or while he’s mid-tour and throws (I assume) a massive spanner into the production works.
Louis himself was hilarious, humble, honest… exactly what we wanted from our $80 tickets.
Love your work, Louis.
[Photos in this post have been taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo that I’ve been lucky enough to trial for a couple of weeks. I haven’t been paid, but they did let me drink champers in a stretch limo. The photos haven’t been photoshopped, save for resizing and adding the watermark.]