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Louis Takes Control

By Eden Kennedy |

This post is part of the Dell Family Tech series, read on and you may win a Dell Inspiron touch-screen computer for $0.

By now you’ve probably heard about Louis CK’s self-produced special, shot live at the Beacon Theater in New York, that he made available on his web site for $5. I downloaded it as soon as I heard about it. Five dollars gives you two downloads or two streaming sessions, so I downloaded it onto a laptop and onto the Dell. I did this not only because Louis is my secret profane sweaty nerd boyfriend from another life but because I am a grown woman and I usually have $5 to spare for something potentially life-enhancing that doesn’t involve standing in line at Starbucks. (I am not a fan of elaborate, pie-flavored coffee.)(I realize you can get normal coffee at Starbucks, and I’m beyond resenting the fact that you have to use Italian vocabulary to order it, but I can’t think of another common thing most people will spend $5 on that they don’t really need. One king-sized Snickers and a People magazine? Two packs of gum and a lighter?)

When I downloaded the hour-long show, I was given the option to be added to a mailing list for future shows, updates or whatever. Normally I wouldn’t want to add myself to yet another source of spam, but I trusted Louie to put out a higher quality of spam. Yesterday morning, an e-mail from Mr. CK appeared in my inbox. It began:

Hi.  This is LOuie.  It seriously is me. Im even going to leave the O stuipdly capatalized because who would pay an intern to do that??

Okay. After our special afternoon together, my secret profane sweaty nerd boyfriend didn’t even wait a week to get back in touch with me. I was ready to listen.

Okay so you bought the thing with my fat face on it and you clicked the button that said i could email you. And i know that now you are thinking “aw shit. Why’d i let this guy into my life this way?”. Well dont worry. Because i really swear it that i wont bug you. I will not abuse this privalage of having your email.

I would have thought a Virgo would be a little more anal about his spelling but whatever, apparently he was writing it in the back of a car on the way to do Leno, he probably overrode his autocorrect by mistake. Maybe he was writing on his phone with his fat, sweaty thumbs. God, look at me, so willing to make any excuse for him.

Also, some of you may know, i recently made a statement (that sounds so dumb. Like i’m the president or something) about how the video has been doing online. Im pasting it in here below in case you missed it.

Wow, he really cares about keeping me in the loop. I mean, okay, it’s a little self-centered, he hasn’t even asked how I’ve been since I last saw him, but I get it, he’s on the Tonight Show and what have I been doing? Sitting around drinking pie-flavored coffee.

Okay well please have a happy rest of the year and more happy years after that. And please even have been happy in your past. What?

Thanks again for giving me 5 dollars. I bought 3 cokes with it.

Oh, see, he does care about me! Though I wish he wouldn’t drink that much soda, it’s terrible for you.

(You can read the rest of his statement here.)

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131 thoughts on “Louis Takes Control

  1. Average Jane says:

    Getting that email yesterday made me unreasonably happy. It even turned off the spelling and grammar judgment area of my brain.

  2. [...] you go to this post about Christmas movies and to this post about my secret profane sweaty nerd boyfriend Louis CK, and then leave a comment on both of them, [...]

  3. Roobacca says:

    Starbucks coffee is too acidic for my taste. The chai is good, but very sweet. Yay for computer give-aways!

  4. Emily says:

    I thought his emails were pretty funny! Would love a new computer too :-)

  5. Pictou says:

    Love louis CK and will download his show over the weekend. Too busy with end of year tasks for weekday enjoyment.

  6. The Diamond in the Window says:

    And yet, I am unwilling to give him a chance. Because everyone was talking about him, and I googled something and did something else which ended up with my watching him talking about how to be a good parent. As in: do it this way. I don’t even remember much else, except that I was outraged at being told what to do/how to act again! Also: a vague figment of something weirdly sentimental at the end? I don’t know, I blocked it all out and resolved never to give him another chance. But if he’s your boyfriend then maybe I ought to?

  7. Stephen says:

    That guy is hilarious. Maybe I should sign up for that list-serv!

  8. Jenny says:

    I love some good comedic entertainment.

  9. Vi says:

    At least he’s not drinking pie flavored coffee every 5 dollars.

  10. Patsy says:

    I have became a bigger fan of his because he found a way to distribute his own material directly to his audience!

  11. Laura says:

    He’s one of my favorites. And I also enjoy listening to Marc Maron obsess about his success every week on WTF!

  12. Beverly says:

    I am totally going to go download his video on-line. He makes me terribly uncomfortable and I like it. He was the last person that made me laugh so hard I cried. I hope he doesn’t become a spokesperson for Weight Watchers saying something silly like I never have to make a joke about being fat anymore. I heart Louis CK!

  13. Becky says:

    Not a fan of Starbucks either, but mostly because I don’t like coffee!

  14. Beth says:

    I can only drink Starbucks this time of year — the white peppermint mocha is just too tempting to turn away

  15. heidi says:

    Guess what I just had to do? Download the damn thing. Thanks a lot. No, actually, thank you.

  16. Leah B says:

    Everytime I go to Starbucks I purposefully order in small-med-large terms. It is too much to use their crazy naming system!

  17. Liz says:

    I love him. I play his bit about the kids asking “Why?” to my friends without children so they might understand me a little better.

  18. Kim says:

    We just watched Louie’s Beacon Theatre show last night after I gleefully gave him my $5. I love Louis CK, he is great. His show Louie is hilarious too.

  19. Erin says:

    I love Louis CK! And I think this $5 download special is the best idea ever.

  20. zan says:

    Louis CK makes my heart flutter. Or maybe it’s just all that soda. (His special was SPECIAL.)

  21. Brandy says:

    I keep forgetting to download this at home – dammit! I’m guessing the university (where I work) would not be happy with this on my machine. But as things get quiet for the holidays, it’s tempting….

    Also, I am so not surprised you love Louie, dear Mrs. Kennedy. I think he kind of reminds me of what your husband would be like, based on your descriptions, were he red headed, earnest, and Harvard-educated. (shit, don’t tell me Jack went to Harvard??)

  22. Stephanie says:

    I love Louis CK so much, spelling errors and all.

  23. Ris says:

    I thought his emails were funny!

  24. Helen Jane says:

    Can I write “bag of dicks” here? Because Louis CK makes me that happy. He’s inspired me to make more time to execute creative projects exactly the way I want.

  25. jagosaurus says:

    “Louis is my secret profane sweaty nerd boyfriend from another life.”

    I see how it is, Eden. First you try to steal Sam Rockwell from me and now this? I don’t think so.


    Or maybe it will because I am pretty lazy.

  26. JessicaD says:

    I think he’s cute, in a sweaty, profane, mis-spelled kind of way.

  27. Penny says:

    Oh Em GEE, I love him! Off to download!

  28. Phoenix says:

    So inspired! He is hilarious and brilliant.

  29. dorrie says:

    Just the fact that he is offering that download for the cheap makes him a savvy, forward thinking businessman. More power to him!

  30. Whitney says:

    Override the auto correct is right. It’s getting harder and harder to spell things wrong these days…

  31. Kati says:

    All right, now I’m going to have to go and download it…

  32. Alison says:

    I’ve never watched anything by him but this makes me want to. Cool!

  33. beta dad says:

    I love that dude. Just listened to his latest interview on Fresh Air yesterday. I’m sure you’ve already heard it, but if not, you should check it out. I can’t wait to download the show.

  34. Betsy says:

    He is hilarious! I may have to treat myself to some laughter.

  35. Leahpeah says:

    Did you see his series on FX? Odd. But compelling and watchable. I liked it.

  36. Megan says:

    I want Louie to be my sweaty profane awesome secret boyfriend too. We downloaded and watched this and I have no doubt there are additional viewings in our future. $5 for Louie greatness is the best way I’ve spent $5 all year.

  37. mjb says:

    His honesty in that statement was great, especially about the financials.

  38. Cassie says:

    I haven’t ever actually seen him – unless you count his writing on early Conan – but I somehow love him anyway.

    In any case, I could really use a new computer. :) Pick me! Random number generator, pick me!

  39. betsy marchand says:

    I adore him! Louis CK is totally my guilty pleasure. I think my husband would be appalled that i like him as much as I do given how profane he is, but he really is very clever and hilarious.

  40. Adrienne says:

    I heart Louis. I read his email q&a about his movie. It was hilarious but human. I think that sums him up for me.

    Thanks for the chance to win a computer.

  41. Jen says:

    You and Louie both crack me up.

  42. Pauline says:

    I was going to comment purely for the chance to win a free computer and thereby to scratch one Christmas present purchase off my list, but then I went ahead and took the trouble to read the whole post AND Louis’ whole letter (phew! I’m exhausted!) and I enjoyed them both so much that it almost wouldn’t matter if I didn’t win the computer! Almost.

  43. caelan says:

    I love Louis CK!

  44. Stacey says:

    Love, love, love Louie! I bought the download too but haven’t had a change to actually download it yet. Can’t wait to watch him

  45. Katrina says:

    Man, he really enjoys writing emails.

  46. Jennifer says:

    He’s new to me (please don’t judge). :)

  47. The Other Laura says:

    Heard him on Fresh Air this week. Hilarious!

  48. christine in pdx says:

    Ok, he’s new to me too – i guess i don’t get out much:)

  49. Wicked H says:

    Sweaty, Nerdy AND an excellent sense of humor. Win, win! Spelling forgivable. Pick me, pick me!!!

  50. Janelle says:

    I just downloaded his interview on the WTF podcast. I can’t wait to listen to it! Can he be my sweaty nerd boyfriend in another life, too?

  51. Heather O'Neill says:

    I love him! Have you read this week’s Rolling Stone? Great article about him in it. Thanks for reminding me to buy the special. Now I have something to do tonight.

  52. CarolineBalke says:

    Will have to pick up the Rolling Stone today!

  53. Fabs says:

    Wow, I must live under a rock, cause I don’t think I know who this guy is. Better Google him to find out! Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Kim says:

    He’s one of the funniest dudes ever. I might have to go give him 5 bucks as well!

  55. tami says:

    The last thing I saw about him was a review about a tv show in the NYT, but since I don’t have cable…now I’ll have to see what the fuss is about.

  56. Amy says:

    I adore listening to Louie C.K. talk about his relationship with eating, his own body, and sex. Forget putting some hot lady singer/actress as your diet spokesperson, if Louie C.K. was the uncensored spokesperson for some kind of ‘attempt a healthy lifestyle’ program, I would adore listening to him rant about how trying to eat well and exercise is hilariously difficult and a pain in the ass. His complaints would make it gold.

  57. Denise says:

    Now I will need to watch him.

  58. LEila says:

    I left the E capitalized in solidarity with LOuie. I downloaded the show but have been saving it greedily for when I am well-rested and to absorb the comedic genius.

  59. Susan says:

    Thanks for reminding me to download this!

  60. becky says:

    i love him, he is totally on my LIST. he is offensive and hilarious and smart and that is a great combination. he also got me in trouble with my husband because i couldn’t stop watching his download and was laughing too hard while watching it in bed while my husband was trying to sleep.

  61. Amelia Sprout says:

    He only recent entered my life, but he’s growing on me. In that way that adult humor grows on you.

  62. Karin J says:

    Too funny.

  63. Kerry says:

    I am really not familiar with Louis CK’s work, and frankly his e-mails don’t make me very inclined to check him out, though many people who’s opinions I respect like him.

  64. Sky Green says:

    Love him and you for your sense of humor. Keep it coming to both of you.

  65. Elizabeth says:

    Hilarious! My husband will be so glad about this!

  66. Suzy says:

    Back in 1998, Louie made a list of his “funniest women” on our comedy newsgroup and I made the list. I was the only non-famous one on it and was naturally flattered. We knew each other from NY clubs but all that time he never said a word about my act.

    Looking back, I now realize I probably only made the list because he’d probably had too much soda that day.

  67. Rochelle says:

    Mmmm, now I want Starbucks coffee….

  68. Brenna says:

    I love Louis C.K.. I haven’t downloaded his special yet, but it is most definitely on my to-do list.

  69. Stephanie says:

    Yeah. That guy is hilarious and I have a secret crush on him too. Guess I’ll have to get in line

  70. Erin J says:

    I like a strabucks mocha, other than that, no. I’ll have to look this guy up.

  71. Valerie says:

    The thing that irritates me about Starbucks isn’t just that they want you to use Italian to order the coffee, it’s that it’s “tall, grande, venti” or big, bigger, biggest (well, okay, “twenty…” as in ounces. That’s pretty dang big). That bugs me.

    I saw Louis CK on Conan recently, and had 1/2 a mind to download that special. Maybe I will go do that very thing this evening.

  72. MarkT says:

    I quit drinking soda years ago. Drinks lots of water! It’s God’s juice.

  73. Michelle J says:

    Coke is garbage he should be buying Pepsi. Which is equally as bad for you but tastes better!

  74. tammom says:

    No coffee for me, but LOVE the smell of the beans!!!

  75. Caroline says:

    Coke is my favorite, particularly the cherry coke zero.

  76. barb. says:

    I hate ordering anything at Starbucks. Invariably I will say something wrong or won’t know the answer to a perkily-asked question, and then you can just see the DUMBASS thought-balloon floating above the barista.

  77. Janet says:

    i have never really appreciated him, but I am going to try the download…

  78. Melissa says:

    Watching his show online and crocheting were two important diversions while I was unemployed.

  79. beth says:

    I love Louis CK

  80. Sarah L. says:

    I like to confound the baristas by going in and ordering whole boxes of Tazo Joy tea, which reminds me it’s time to go stock up.

  81. Rhonda says:

    I love Louis C.K and am covertly watching youtube clips of him at work.

  82. Kim says:

    Louis CK is everywhere!

  83. Carol says:

    Love Louis CK. He’s cute, in a sweaty, profane, nerd, boyfriend kinda way. On the other hand, you can keep Starbucks. Absolutely hate coffee, no matter how much you try to ‘fancy’ it up. I’d rather drink shoe polish.

  84. julie says:

    I loved it when I client paid me via paypal this year. It wasn’t a lot, but I used it as my “mad money” for this kind of thing. And I began to feel resentful for online vendors who couldn’t sell via paypal. Anyway, I like the way you give the big picture about what people will buy for $5. Thanks.

  85. janet says:

    Love Louis CK and would also love a new computer (I’m ready to pitch mine into a ravine – stupid Vista ruins everything).

  86. stef says:

    he had me at ‘you become a woman when people come out of your vagina and step on your dreams.’
    instant love.

  87. Lori says:

    Love his email!

  88. dawn says:

    Love you and Louie both!

  89. amanda c says:

    Wow. I live in a shell, apparently. Never heard of this guy!

  90. Lise says:

    That’s a great email.

  91. erin says:

    Louis CK and Starbucks go hand in hand.
    Yes, please.

  92. NP says:

    I love Louis CK and LOVE loved him on Parks & Rec

  93. Julie says:

    Oooh , I need a new computer. Don’t tell this one, but it probably doesn’t have enough available memory to download LOuis’ special.

  94. Mario says:

    I hope more people and companies start going this route over the excessive DRM methods of digital distribution. This is both cheaper for the consumer and more profitable for the creators; other companies and artists can learn a lot from Louis.

  95. Jeanette says:

    Looking forward to a showdown between his character and Ben Wyatt on Parks & Rec.

  96. Tiffany says:


  97. Nicole R says:

    Louis CK is pretty darn funny.

  98. mike toole says:

    I’m rarely happy for any celebrities, but Louis is one I am genuinely happy to see succeed.

  99. Mandy says:

    I do love me some Louis CK. we downloaded it too, right away.

  100. snozma says:

    Hm. $5 is 1/6 of the parking ticket I just got.

    With that logic, I can buy ANYTHING. So what the hell.

  101. Carolina says:

    Would love a new computer! Thanks for the chance to win!

  102. Rebecca says:


  103. Leah says:

    I <3 Louis CK. I husband and I complain about our "flying chairs" all the time.

  104. Meg M. says:

    I agree with someone above who refuses to use Starbucks’ dumb drink ordering lingo. “A big coffee please. Plain!”

  105. Bryn says:

    Off to pay my $5 and download the video now!

  106. Amy says:

    Louie is one of our new favorites.

  107. G says:

    Sounds pretty funny- I’ll have to check it out.

  108. Genevieve says:

    2nd great review I’ve heard of this. He was also on Fresh Air with Terry Gross this week and very good.

  109. amanda hart says:


  110. DLG in Mich says:

    I’m also a big fan of Louis CK. And a fan of frou-frou coffee from Starbucks. I’ll only buy it if someone has given me a giftcard, though. I do have standards, even if they’re low.

  111. agirlandaboy says:

    Good god we love us some Louis!

  112. Cait F says:

    Love Louis CK!

  113. Shelly Kang says:

    I’m a recovering Starbucks addict. I used to abuse their drive thru back in the day when I had two small children and would drive around aimlessly in an attempt to get them to take an afternoon nap, then sit in a parking lot and knit while they slept just to get a break for a few minutes. Now I go to the gym 5 days a week and take a different route just so I don’t have to be tempted by the Starbucks sign. Also, I’d love a free computer!

  114. markpills says:

    There are two important factors to this story:
    1. Talent, properly recorded and distributed with ease (unlike the tickets I just bought from the great god Ticketmaster)
    2. “large group of people” which is not easily obtained. Eden is trying to generate a large group of people by giving something away, but Louis CK does it by working hard at it for years. Large groups of followers don’t just appear out of nowhere.

    Digital business is unlimited though, if you have #1 you might just generate #2
    The ease of distributing talent over the internet is going to change publishing!
    Is it a good thing or not?!

  115. Kristy says:

    Love love love Louis ck! And fancy new dell computers!

  116. Jill T. says:

    I sincerely thought he was mine, so I’m a little stunned by this whole thing.

  117. eleanor martineau says:


  118. April G. says:

    That was such a great statement! I love that he made so much money, and that people are being so cool about not sharing/stealing the video.

  119. Miss B says:

    Mostly I just hate Starbucks because I don’t think the coffee is any good. (And also because using more than a few words to order a hot beverage makes me feel unreasonably agitated with the world. If you’ve ventured into the realm of a dozen qualifiers attached to your coffee beverage, maybe it’s time to stop for a moment, you know?)

  120. Sheila says:

    How can he be your boyfriend if he is mine???

  121. Aarika says:

    I am gifting this to myself on Christmas Eve to watch while I’m wrapping presents and drinking wine by myself. Just me and your boyfriend, ah yeaaah. :)

  122. Suzanne says:

    I heard about this on Fresh Air. I was sold then and I’m sold again now. Off to download.

  123. Jean says:

    We need more writers like Louis CK on TV.

  124. madeline says:

    I find this whole thing utterly charming. I mean, I don’t know this comedian from adam, but I very much admire the $5 and, (because I write email for a living), I also really dig his emails to fans. Spot on, if you ask me.

  125. Cobwebs says:

    This has been all over the geekosphere as an example of how it’s possible for artists to make money without having a large studio in the loop. I hope that this is the wave of the future, and that in 20 years artists who use a studio to represent them are as odd and outdated as Betamax.

  126. Jocelyn says:

    We bought it right away, and I’m still howling about the entire bit where he hates the 6-year-old bully and is going to get revenge on his piece of sh** parents. Louis pretty much summed up my feelings about the kids I’ve had to not kill lo this last decade of parenthood.

    I’m so glad his Grand Experiment panned out. May he show the rest of the world how it can be done.

  127. Deanna says:

    “Louie” is the most brilliant thing on TV right now. The episode with the duckling broke my heart!

  128. Sue says:

    I love his show on FX. So smart and funny.

  129. K A B L O O E Y says:

    Man, I love Louis CK, but am feeling kind of bummed about the spelling. It’s like that moment when your previously perfect-seeming new boyfriend does that first nails on the blackboard crush-killing thing. Sigh. That means he’d leave funny post-it notes but they’d be all misspelled. And when you found them after you broke up you’d feel all diminished. Damn.

  130. Max Teece says:

    I think this website has some rattling fantastic information for everyone. “Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.” by Francis Bacon.

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