"I've started to kind of hate people, and it's not because I have anything against them. It's just, I enjoy it. It's recreation."
Happy birthday Louis C.K.!
Louis C.K. (born September 12, 1967) is a Mexican-American comedian. He writes, does stand-up, acts, directs and produces. His most recent series is FX's Louie, for which he has won four Emmys.
C.K. was born Louis Szekely to Mary Louise Szekely and Luis Szekely. His mother is of Irish Catholic descent and his father is of Hungarian and Mexican descent. His parents met at Harvard University and after having Louis in Washington D.C., they moved back to Mexico until Louis was seven years old. C.K. still retains his Mexican citizenship.
When he was seven, his family moved to Boston, Massachusetts. His parents divorced when he was 10. It was around this time that C.K. decided he wanted to become a comedian, citing Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, and George Carlin as his influences. (Image source)
He got his start in entertainment working at a public access television station in Boston after he graduated high school. But he was scared off from comedy for two years after his first open mic in 1984, when he came up short on material.
After getting some paid gigs, he finally moved to New York in 1989. It was hard to stay afloat, with comedy clubs at a low point in their popularity. He unsuccessfully auditioned for Saturday Night Live. He was hired as a staff writer on Caroline's Comedy Hour and later worked on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Dana Carvey Show and The Chris Rock Show.
C.K.'s comedy often touches on dark subjects like depression, death, divorce, aging, and materialism. He also regularly writes jokes about his relationships with his daughters.
In 2001, C.K. wrote and directed the film Pootie Tang, based on sketches from The Chris Rock Show. It was panned by critics, and C.K. himself acknowledges that it went from bad to worse when it was fixed up for the studios. He also wrote and directed the film Tomorrow Night (1998) and six short films for the sketch comedy show Sunny Skies (1995).
In 2006, C.K. starred in his own sitcom called Lucky Louie on HBO.
C.K.'s stand-up comedy is perhaps his most notable work. His specials include Shameless (2007), Chewed Up (2008), Hilarious (2010), and Live at Beacon Theater (2011). The latter two were produced independently by C.K., with Hilarious being the first stand-up comedy film to be accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. He distributed Live at the Beacon Theater only on his website. When sales topped $1 million, several other comedians followed suit. He donated $280,000 of the profits to charity.
In 2009, FX picked up his show Louie. He has since been nominated three times for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
C.K. has won three other Outstanding Writing Emmys and a Grammy for Best Comedy Album in 2012 for Hilarious.
C.K. has appeared on several other television shows, podcasts, and radio shows.
- Birthday Date: Friday, 12 September 2014