In Conversation with Louis C.K.
If life has a code that can be cracked, Louis C.K. appears to have cracked it. After many years of ups and downs, he seems to have finally hit his stride. Not only has his incredibly inventive, even audacious FX series (Louie) -- which he writes, directs, edits and stars in -- been renewed for a third season, but he was also recently nominated for two Emmys and awarded Comedy Person of the Year at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. While at the Festival, Louis sat down for an hour-long interview with Richard Crouse. During this conversation, he offered an enlightening overview of his creative philosophies, his intense work ethic and the spirit of autocrtitque that allows him to keep evolving. Since LCK retires his entire act every year, there's a period of a few months in the summer when his material is extremely new and rough. Still not road-tested, the material he performed in Montreal was a little shaky -- and far less amusing than the off-the-cuff humor that emerged in this conversation. -- JD