Hello. Its louis here. I’m clacking this to you on my phone in my dressing room here at studio 8H, right in 30 rockefeller center, in Manhattan, new york city, new york, america, world, current snapshot of all existence everywhere.
Tonight I’m hosting Saturday Night Live, something I zero ever in my life saw happening to me. And yet here it is completely most probably happening (I mean, ANYTHING could NOT happen. So we’ll see).
I’ve been working here all week with the cast, crew, producers and writers of SNL, and with Lorne Michaels. Such a great and talented group of people.
And here we are in the middle of New York City, which was just slammed by a hurricane, leaving behind so much trouble, so much difficulty and trauma, which everyone here is still dealing with every day.
Last night we shot some pre-tape segments in greenwich Village, which was pitch black dark for blocks and blocks, as it has been for a week now.
Its pretty impossible to describe walking through these city streets in total darkness. It can’t even be called a trip through time, because as long as new york has lived, its been lit. By electricity, gas lamps, candlelight, kerosene. But this was pitch black, street after street, corner round corner. And for me, the village being the very place that made me into a comedian and a man, to walk through the heart of it and feel like, in a way, it was dead. I can’t tell you how that felt. And you also had a palpable sense that inside each dark window was a family or a student or an artist or an old woman living alone, just being int he dark and waiting for the day to come back. Like we were all having one big sleep over, but not so much fun as that.
This is how a lot of the city is still. I know people in queens, brooklyn, Staten Island, new jersey, all over, are not normal yet. And not normal is hard.
And here at 30 rock, these folks are working so hard this week. There are kids in the studio every day, because members of the crew and staff had to bring them to work. Many people are sharing lodging. Everyone is tired. But there’s this feeling here that we’ve got to put on a great show. I’m sure it feels like that here every week. But wow. I feel really lucky to be sharing this time with these particular good folks here at SNL.
In about 5 hours we’ll be going on the air. I’ll do a monologue. And we’ll show you some sketches that we wrote and try to make you laugh. I’m gonna look really dumb in some of this stuff. But I don’t care. Its awfully worth it. And I’m really excited.
Anyway. I just wanted to let you know. If you watch the show tonight, when Don Pardo says my name and you see me walking out, all the shit in this email is what ill be thinking. I’m a pretty lucky guy. I hope you enjoy the show.
Live. From new york. Its saturday night.
Tickets across the board, everywhere, are 45 dollars. That’s
what you’ll actually pay. In every case, that will be less than
anyone has actually paid to see me (after ticket charges) in
about two years and in most cases it’s about half of what you
paid last year.
The benifit for me is that I won’t get angry emails from anyone
who paid a ton of money to see me due to circumstances out of my
control. That makes me VERY happy. The 45 dollars also includes
sales tax, which I’m paying for you.
He’s going on tour, and he’s selling the tickets himself.
Also later, actually soon, I’ll be putting my first feature film “Tomorrow Night’ up for sale on the site.
Louis C.K., in his newsletter announcing Word, Shameless and Live at the Beacon Theater audio
I want to be the WIlly Wonka for perverts.
Morning Debriefing 8/11/11
2) On the final episode of Lopez Tonight, Auggie Smith will not be making a well deserved appearance. Instead you can watch him at the Comedy Palace or if you insist on staying at home you can watch something else like the 2 slated episodes of Louie, one of which features Doug Stanhope (FX 10:30PM), Paul Scheer being on both Children’s Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV (Adult Swim 12AM/12:15AM), and the Green Room with Paul Provenza featuring Richard Lewis, Kumail Nanjiani, and more (Showtime 11PM).
7) Huffington Post made a list of comedians that could replace the slot that George Lopez will vacate tonight. Our first thought: You’re damn right Paul F. Tompkins is on there. Also, glad that Reggie Watts, Jimmy Pardo, Marc Maron, Andy Richter, Julie Klausner, and more are included.
12) ON THE HORIZON
One Year Anniversary of Frolic @ Far Bar Wed. Aug. 17th 9PM FREE
An Intimate Evening with Moshe Kasher @ Hollywood Improv 8PM $14/2 item min.
Robert Buscemi Album Taping Tues. Dec. 20th
13) COMEDY CRAWL
Dirty Bird Comedy @ On the Rocks 7:30PM FREE
The Josh & Josh Show @ Bar Lubitsch 8:30PM FREE
Merrill Davis & Friends @ Hollywood Improv Lab 8:30PM $6
Stand-Up Spotlight: Brent Weinbach @ UCB Theatre 9:30PM $5
Comedy Palace @ The Palace Restaurant 9:30PM FREE
Sweet, Sweet Stand-up @ M Bar 10PM Pay what you can
14) OPEN MIC RUN
SAL’S COMEDY HOLE 7356 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 6PM/$4 minimum/first come, first served
COFEE BEAN 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA, Suite 180/Starts 7PM/mixed mic/no purchase necessary
SANDWICH SPOT 3101 Ocean Park Ave., Santa Monica, CA/Sign-up 6:30PM/Starts 7PM/first come, first served
CAFE ON 2ND 7 S. 2nd St., Alhambra, CA/Sign-up 6:30PM/Starts 7PM/first come, first served/10 min.
SUNSET GRILL 7439 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA/Starts 7PM/one item min.
CAFE UNURBAN 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA/Sign-up (lottery) 9PM/No purchase necessary
MARTY’S/THE OPEN MIC 7351 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA (walk up Martel, past Big Mama’s and Papa’s)/5PM to 11PM/$5 min./multiple sets allowed/first come, first served/coffee and bottled water available
15) Hey people that try to differentiate between alt and mainstream comedy, CAN WE JUST GET BACK TO JUST WHAT’S FUNNY?
Yo, comedy nerd bretheren, are you kids following the comedy Bureau? Because you should be. Get on that. With the quickness.