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->"''That's just me saying something terrible just because [[BlackHumor it makes me laugh that it upsets you]], that's all that is. [[DidYouActuallyBelieve I'm not gonna fuck a kid]]. I wouldn't do that...[{{beat}}]...maybe a'' '''''[[CrossesTheLineTwice dead]]''''' ''kid. Who are you hurting? [[BlackComedy He's dead]]!'' Who ''are you hurting? I'm not saying I would kill a kid and fuck him, I'm saying that if I'' found ''a dead kid in a field, and it wasn't raining, I'' might ''take a shot, I don't know.''"
-->from ''Hilarious''

->"''I would happily blow twenty guys in an alley with bleedy dicks so I could get AIDS and fuck a deer and kill it with my AIDS.''"
-->from ''Chewed Up''

Louis C.K. began performing stand-up comedy in the late 1980s. His act has always taken VulgarHumor. His inspirations are Creator/GeorgeCarlin and Creator/RichardPryor, and it shows.

In the 2000s, he began incorporating brutally honest observations about his marriage and children that take RefugeInAudacity, to say the least. The UnfortunateImplications of his complaints about his wife were easy to HandWave under the RuleOfFunny...until he got divorced, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment perhaps causing his audience to rethink things slightly]].

He created and starred in ''Series/LuckyLouie'', {{HBO}}'s first traditional three-camera SitCom, and followed up with ''Series/{{Louie}}'', a stand-up/auto-bio show on FX. He has also begun to emulate GeorgeCarlin's practice of creating a new hour-long stand-up special each year.

In 2011, he broke ground in comedy by releasing a new comedy special online, out of his own pocket. It could be easily bought through Paypal for only $5. Despite warnings about torrents and illegal downloads, in a few months, this special had made over a million dollars, and that's after Paypal fees. This idea was so incredibly successful that fellow comedian Creator/AzizAnsari did a [[FollowTheLeader similar]] sale for his next comedy special; soon after, JimGaffigan also released ''his'' new comedy special in the same way.
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!Tropes explored in his stand-up and shows

* AllMenArePerverts and AllWomenArePrudes: In ''Live at the Beacon Theater'' he says that the reason why these two tropes are TruthInTelevision is because women are great at sex while men are terrible at it.
--> "'Why don't women want to fuck all the time? I do!' Of '''course''' you do! Because when you fuck, you get to fuck a '''woman'''! When she fucks, she has to fuck a '''guy'''!"
** He has also implied in several of his bits that [[DownplayedTrope women aren't really]] ''that'' prudish, they just seem that way in comparison because men are just so much more perverted.
---> "Women, you '''get''' to have sexual thoughts, I '''have''' to have them!"
---> "Women have the ability to decide whether or not to have sex with their '''minds'''. They get to look at someone and think 'Should I have sex with this person?' I have never had that thought in my '''life'''. There's no criteria for us, just '[[AManIsAlwaysEager She's letting me!]]'"
* AmbiguousSyntax: His reaction to being told to "Suck a bag of dicks!"
--> "What does he want me to do? Does he want me to take a bag of dicks and suck it, like suck the side of the bag? Does he want me to open up the bag and suck each dick ''individually''? Do I have to make them all cum?"
* BerserkButton: People who interrupt and heckle, to the point that he not only confronts them, ''but will aggressively single out and pick on someone who doesn't take the hint and shut up.'' Even addressed and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in {{Louie}}:
-->The [[BrokenBird only good part of [a comedian's] life]] is the fifteen minutes they get to be on stage; maybe once a week, sometimes once a month. And you took that one fifteen minutes they would have enjoyed for a long time and you ruined it. ''[[YouBastard You took that away.]]''
* BlackComedy
* BlackComedyRape: He'll go there.
** For instance, his workaround for HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct? Go back in time and '''[[AdolfHitlarious rape Hitler]]''', the idea being that no one who's just been raped is [[RapeAsRedemption going to feel like conquering Europe or murdering millions of innocent people]].
** Another time, he mentions he was dating this chick and she was hoping he would "just go for it". He thought to himself "What are you, out of your fucking mind?! You think I'm just going to 'rape' you on the off-chance that hopefully you're into that shit?"
*** To clarify, he went home with a woman and nothing happened because she stopped him when he tried to take off her shirt, so rightly he respected what he interpreted as her wishes. The next day she told him she was "weird" and had a fetish, ''hoping he would just hold her down and have sex with her'' - so naturally, he's mocking how unlikely to be satisfied that particular fantasy will ''ever'' be.
* ButNotTooForeign: Louis C.K. is actually Mexican and Hungarian-Jewish (his actual last name is the very Magyar ''Szekely'') on his dad's side and Irish on his mom's side.
* ComedicSociopathy
* CountryMatters: Used excessively, but [[JustifiedTrope because he loves the word]] and [[VulgarHumor he's expected to use vulgar language.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: Louis manages to deconstruct the ''Clifford the Big Red Dog'' series by describing a hypothetical book, in which Clifford accidentally steps on a policeman and gets the death penalty for it.
* DisproportionateRetribution: A bit in ''Live At the Beacon Theater'' is about a kid in his daughter's class that he hates. When he sees the kid bully his daughter, he goes into an elaborate revenge fantasy that culminates in him turning himself gay, having sex with the kid's dad, moving away with him for a couple months, joining a Christian ex-gay program, calling the kid's dad a faggot, and making his life miserable from there.
** What he says he actually does qualifies as well. According to Louis, he got in the kid's face and said, "If you ever, ''ever'', touch her again in your life I will..." but he didn't finish the threat when he saw how much it was scaring him.
* FieryRedhead: More like sarcastic, cussing, and sometimes enraged, redhead.
* ForeignLanguageTirade: He once recounted a time when a French tourist asked him for directions in French, to which Louis had no answer. This only angered the Frenchman and his friend, who shouted at him angrily, also in French.
* {{Gayngst}}: He goes on about an elaborate scheme to get back at the kid who shoved his daughter. He would turn his father gay, and just when he comes out of the closet, he would dump him and leave him as a mess of sexually confused feelings.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Think he looks and sounds a lot like Brendon's dad on ''HomeMovies''? It's not just you.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: His bit on Ewan [=McGregor=]. He states emphatically that he's not gay...but that he would happily blow Ewan if he had the chance.
* NoEqualOpportunityTimeTravel: Black people can't fuck around with time machines. White people, by contrast, can go almost anywhere - in the ''past''. He doesn't want to see what happens to white people in the future, because "we're gonna pay hard for this shit, you gotta know that."
* NWordPrivileges: He hates the phrase "The N Word", because everyone knows what you ''mean'' by it anyway, and you're putting the actual word into their heads when you say it. He loves "[[CountryMatters The C Word]]" however.
* OldShame: Invoked. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv8d_ry-u-Q This video]] is full of jokes he says he no longer uses.
* PlayingAgainstType: His role as Dave Sanderson, a cop and really nice guy, in ''ParksAndRecreation''. He becomes Leslie Knope's boyfriend for a time in Season 2, and, being totally over the moon over her, he has nothing really bad to say about her at all.
** His role in ''HomeMovies'' - as wealthy, handsome lawyer - may also count.
** Also ''Film/AmericanHustle'', where he plays a by-the-book FBI agent who is the ButtMonkey to Bradley Cooper's Richie.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: His new show, {{Louie}} is loosely based off his life as a comedian on stage and a recently divorced father with two children off stage.
* RefugeInAudacity: A lot of his act is based on this; saying things that are so shocking that their sheer inappropriateness becomes the joke.
** Especially in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv8d_ry-u-Q this routine]].
* SelfDeprecation: A big part of his stand-up comedy.
* StageNames: His real name is Louis Szekely. C.K. comes from an approximate English pronunciation of his surname.
* StrawmanPolitical: Louis can't ''stand'' people with anti-gay views, they inevitably come up at least once per show (however, in keeping with his stance on AcceptableTargets, he's got no problem with mocking gays himself, either).
-->''Come on, Jesus didn't die on a cross so you could touch dicks in front of my cereal spoon! I'm sure that wasn't why! I mean, I wasn't there, but I assume that's not why.''
* StupidSexyFlanders: Used hilariously in his special ''Shameless'' with Ewan [=McGregor=] (see IfItsYouItsOkay above).
* VulgarHumor: Part and parcel with the above. He never passes up an opportunity to curse when a softer word would've made more sense.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Was one of many up-and-coming comedians who auditioned to be on ''SaturdayNightLive'' (around the 20th season) and didn't make the cut.
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->"''That's just me saying something terrible just because [[BlackHumor it makes me laugh that it upsets you]], that's all that is. [[DidYouActuallyBelieve I'm not gonna fuck a kid]]. I wouldn't do that...[{{beat}}]...maybe a'' '''''[[CrossesTheLineTwice dead]]''''' ''kid. Who are you hurting? [[BlackComedy He's dead]]!'' Who ''are you hurting? I'm not saying I would kill a kid and fuck him, I'm saying that if I'' found ''a dead kid in a field, and it wasn't raining, I'' might ''take a shot, I don't know.''"
-->from ''Hilarious''

->"''I would happily blow twenty guys in an alley with bleedy dicks so I could get AIDS and fuck a deer and kill it with my AIDS.''"
-->from ''Chewed Up''

Louis C.K. began performing stand-up comedy in the late 1980s. His act has always taken VulgarHumor. His inspirations are Creator/GeorgeCarlin and Creator/RichardPryor, and it shows.

In the 2000s, he began incorporating brutally honest observations about his marriage and children that take RefugeInAudacity, to say the least. The UnfortunateImplications of his complaints about his wife were easy to HandWave under the RuleOfFunny...until he got divorced, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment perhaps causing his audience to rethink things slightly]].

He created and starred in ''Series/LuckyLouie'', {{HBO}}'s first traditional three-camera SitCom, and followed up with ''Series/{{Louie}}'', a stand-up/auto-bio show on FX. He has also begun to emulate GeorgeCarlin's practice of creating a new hour-long stand-up special each year.

In 2011, he broke ground in comedy by releasing a new comedy special online, out of his own pocket. It could be easily bought through Paypal for only $5. Despite warnings about torrents and illegal downloads, in a few months, this special had made over a million dollars, and that's after Paypal fees. This idea was so incredibly successful that fellow comedian Creator/AzizAnsari did a [[FollowTheLeader similar]] sale for his next comedy special; soon after, JimGaffigan also released ''his'' new comedy special in the same way.
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!Tropes explored in his stand-up and shows

* AllMenArePerverts and AllWomenArePrudes: In ''Live at the Beacon Theater'' he says that the reason why these two tropes are TruthInTelevision is because women are great at sex while men are terrible at it.
--> "'Why don't women want to fuck all the time? I do!' Of '''course''' you do! Because when you fuck, you get to fuck a '''woman'''! When she fucks, she has to fuck a '''guy'''!"
** He has also implied in several of his bits that [[DownplayedTrope women aren't really]] ''that'' prudish, they just seem that way in comparison because men are just so much more perverted.
---> "Women, you '''get''' to have sexual thoughts, I '''have''' to have them!"
---> "Women have the ability to decide whether or not to have sex with their '''minds'''. They get to look at someone and think 'Should I have sex with this person?' I have never had that thought in my '''life'''. There's no criteria for us, just '[[AManIsAlwaysEager She's letting me!]]'"
* AmbiguousSyntax: His reaction to being told to "Suck a bag of dicks!"
--> "What does he want me to do? Does he want me to take a bag of dicks and suck it, like suck the side of the bag? Does he want me to open up the bag and suck each dick ''individually''? Do I have to make them all cum?"
* BerserkButton: People who interrupt and heckle, to the point that he not only confronts them, ''but will aggressively single out and pick on someone who doesn't take the hint and shut up.'' Even addressed and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in {{Louie}}:
-->The [[BrokenBird only good part of [a comedian's] life]] is the fifteen minutes they get to be on stage; maybe once a week, sometimes once a month. And you took that one fifteen minutes they would have enjoyed for a long time and you ruined it. ''[[YouBastard You took that away.]]''
* BlackComedy
* BlackComedyRape: He'll go there.
** For instance, his workaround for HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct? Go back in time and '''[[AdolfHitlarious rape Hitler]]''', the idea being that no one who's just been raped is [[RapeAsRedemption going to feel like conquering Europe or murdering millions of innocent people]].
** Another time, he mentions he was dating this chick and she was hoping he would "just go for it". He thought to himself "What are you, out of your fucking mind?! You think I'm just going to 'rape' you on the off-chance that hopefully you're into that shit?"
*** To clarify, he went home with a woman and nothing happened because she stopped him when he tried to take off her shirt, so rightly he respected what he interpreted as her wishes. The next day she told him she was "weird" and had a fetish, ''hoping he would just hold her down and have sex with her'' - so naturally, he's mocking how unlikely to be satisfied that particular fantasy will ''ever'' be.
* ButNotTooForeign: Louis C.K. is actually Mexican and Hungarian-Jewish (his actual last name is the very Magyar ''Szekely'') on his dad's side and Irish on his mom's side.
* ComedicSociopathy
* CountryMatters: Used excessively, but [[JustifiedTrope because he loves the word]] and [[VulgarHumor he's expected to use vulgar language.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: Louis manages to deconstruct the ''Clifford the Big Red Dog'' series by describing a hypothetical book, in which Clifford accidentally steps on a policeman and gets the death penalty for it.
* DisproportionateRetribution: A bit in ''Live At the Beacon Theater'' is about a kid in his daughter's class that he hates. When he sees the kid bully his daughter, he goes into an elaborate revenge fantasy that culminates in him turning himself gay, having sex with the kid's dad, moving away with him for a couple months, joining a Christian ex-gay program, calling the kid's dad a faggot, and making his life miserable from there.
** What he says he actually does qualifies as well. According to Louis, he got in the kid's face and said, "If you ever, ''ever'', touch her again in your life I will..." but he didn't finish the threat when he saw how much it was scaring him.
* FieryRedhead: More like sarcastic, cussing, and sometimes enraged, redhead.
* ForeignLanguageTirade: He once recounted a time when a French tourist asked him for directions in French, to which Louis had no answer. This only angered the Frenchman and his friend, who shouted at him angrily, also in French.
* {{Gayngst}}: He goes on about an elaborate scheme to get back at the kid who shoved his daughter. He would turn his father gay, and just when he comes out of the closet, he would dump him and leave him as a mess of sexually confused feelings.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Think he looks and sounds a lot like Brendon's dad on ''HomeMovies''? It's not just you.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: His bit on Ewan [=McGregor=]. He states emphatically that he's not gay...but that he would happily blow Ewan if he had the chance.
* NoEqualOpportunityTimeTravel: Black people can't fuck around with time machines. White people, by contrast, can go almost anywhere - in the ''past''. He doesn't want to see what happens to white people in the future, because "we're gonna pay hard for this shit, you gotta know that."
* NWordPrivileges: He hates the phrase "The N Word", because everyone knows what you ''mean'' by it anyway, and you're putting the actual word into their heads when you say it. He loves "[[CountryMatters The C Word]]" however.
* OldShame: Invoked. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv8d_ry-u-Q This video]] is full of jokes he says he no longer uses.
* PlayingAgainstType: His role as Dave Sanderson, a cop and really nice guy, in ''ParksAndRecreation''. He becomes Leslie Knope's boyfriend for a time in Season 2, and, being totally over the moon over her, he has nothing really bad to say about her at all.
** His role in ''HomeMovies'' - as wealthy, handsome lawyer - may also count.
** Also ''Film/AmericanHustle'', where he plays a by-the-book FBI agent who is the ButtMonkey to Bradley Cooper's Richie.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: His new show, {{Louie}} is loosely based off his life as a comedian on stage and a recently divorced father with two children off stage.
* RefugeInAudacity: A lot of his act is based on this; saying things that are so shocking that their sheer inappropriateness becomes the joke.
** Especially in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv8d_ry-u-Q this routine]].
* SelfDeprecation: A big part of his stand-up comedy.
* StageNames: His real name is Louis Szekely. C.K. comes from an approximate English pronunciation of his surname.
* StrawmanPolitical: Louis can't ''stand'' people with anti-gay views, they inevitably come up at least once per show (however, in keeping with his stance on AcceptableTargets, he's got no problem with mocking gays himself, either).
-->''Come on, Jesus didn't die on a cross so you could touch dicks in front of my cereal spoon! I'm sure that wasn't why! I mean, I wasn't there, but I assume that's not why.''
* StupidSexyFlanders: Used hilariously in his special ''Shameless'' with Ewan [=McGregor=] (see IfItsYouItsOkay above).
* VulgarHumor: Part and parcel with the above. He never passes up an opportunity to curse when a softer word would've made more sense.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Was one of many up-and-coming comedians who auditioned to be on ''SaturdayNightLive'' (around the 20th season) and didn't make the cut.
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18th Feb '14 10:43:27 AM tedmetal
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* DoubleStandard: He outright states without a hint of a joke that men are, paraphrasing, the scum of the earth. [[SarcasmMode Surprisingly]], there are people that find that tasteless and offensive. It might also shed a negative light on Louis for whoever watches that as an introduction. [[SarcasmMode Even more surprisingly]], some Website/{{Tumblr}} [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad SJWs]] embrace it as their bible.
8th Feb '14 10:37:04 AM Catbert
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* PlayingAgainstType: His role as Dave Sanderson, a cop and really nice guy, in ''ParksAndRecreation''. He [[CopBoyfriend becomes Leslie Knope's boyfriend]] for a time in Season 2, and, being totally over the moon over her, he has nothing really bad to say about her at all.

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* PlayingAgainstType: His role as Dave Sanderson, a cop and really nice guy, in ''ParksAndRecreation''. He [[CopBoyfriend becomes Leslie Knope's boyfriend]] boyfriend for a time in Season 2, and, being totally over the moon over her, he has nothing really bad to say about her at all.
18th Jan '14 3:21:47 PM emeriin
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** Here's a pretty good rule for telling if someone's joking: if they're at a comedy show doing comedy, they're at least half-joking. At least.
18th Jan '14 3:18:02 PM Gludd20
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** Here's a pretty good rule for telling if someone's joking: if they're at a comedy show doing comedy, they're at least half-joking. At least.
18th Jan '14 3:04:20 AM tullia
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** Also ''Film/AmericanHustle'', where he plays a by-the-book FBI agent who is the ButtMonkey to Bradley Cooper's Richie.
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* DoubleStandard: He outright states without a hint of a joke that men are, paraphrasing, the scum of the earth. [[SarcasmMode Surprisingly]], there are people that find that tasteless and offensive. It might also shed a negative light on Louis for whoever watches that as an introduction. [[SarcasmMode Even more surprisingly]], Website/{{Tumblr}} [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad SJWs]] embrace it as their bible.

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* DoubleStandard: He outright states without a hint of a joke that men are, paraphrasing, the scum of the earth. [[SarcasmMode Surprisingly]], there are people that find that tasteless and offensive. It might also shed a negative light on Louis for whoever watches that as an introduction. [[SarcasmMode Even more surprisingly]], some Website/{{Tumblr}} [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad SJWs]] embrace it as their bible.



** Especially in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv8d_ry-u-Q this routine]])

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** Especially in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv8d_ry-u-Q this routine]])routine]].



* VulgarHumor: Part and parcel with the above. He never passes up an oppurtunity to curse when a softer word would've made more sense.

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* VulgarHumor: Part and parcel with the above. He never passes up an oppurtunity opportunity to curse when a softer word would've made more sense.
13th Jan '14 12:16:55 PM PersonalPOV
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* DoubleStandard: He outright states without a hint of a joke that men are, paraphrasing, the scum of the earth. [[SarcasmMode Surprisingly]], there are people that find that tasteless and offensive. It might also shed a negative light on Louis for whoever watches that as an introduction. [[SarcasmMode Even more surprisingly]], Website/{{Tumblr}} [[PoliticallyCorrectnessGoneMad SJWs]] embrace it as their bible.

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* DoubleStandard: He outright states without a hint of a joke that men are, paraphrasing, the scum of the earth. [[SarcasmMode Surprisingly]], there are people that find that tasteless and offensive. It might also shed a negative light on Louis for whoever watches that as an introduction. [[SarcasmMode Even more surprisingly]], Website/{{Tumblr}} [[PoliticallyCorrectnessGoneMad [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad SJWs]] embrace it as their bible.
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