Louis C.K. is the Emmy-winning writer of The Chris Rock Show, I Think I Love My Wife, Pootie Tang, and HBOs Lucky Louie. He draws deeply from his personal life, transforming uncomfortable or taboo subjects into comedy. In his routine, Louis (whose last name is actually Szekely) explores everyday issues like the troubles of parenting or dealing with divorce with unflinching honesty. The end result, he says, is something like therapy. I think humor is a great way to go places that are scary or upsetting and find laughs there, says Louis while on a tour stop in Indianapolis. And to find laughter in the truly horrible places to me thats the point of doing comedy.
For Louis, theres no shortage of material in that arena, either. Back in March, Louis shot his second hour-long special, Louis C.K.: Chewed Up, which premiered this month on Showtime. Then he set to work on all new material for his third concert tour and soon-to-be special, Louis C.K.: Hilarious. To some, that pace would seem grueling, but Louis finds it comes naturally. I still talk about having kids, about being 41 and white and fat, Louis says with a self-deprecating chuckle. I just open my mouth and diarrhea comes out. And people tend to laugh so I guess that means they went to a good place.
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Wade through Louis good place yourself when his Hilarious tour makes a pit stop at the Parker Playhouse tonight at 8 (707 NE Fourth St., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $32. Call 954-462-0222, or visit parkerplayhouse.com.
Fri., Oct. 24, 8 p.m., 2008