Posted in comedy | pictures on October 2, 2011

photos by David Andrako, words by Klaus Kinski

Louis CK

And the winner of the Klaus Kinski Are You Out of Your Fucking Mind? Award goes to Anonymous October 1, 2011 2:53 PM. Congrats! Please enjoy the dramatic eye-roll and annoyed sigh care of yours truly. The reason I am being such a jerk, 2:53PM, is because I am the KING of thinking things are a waste of time. I am a wretch, I am difficult to please, I am fussy, my personal comfort is paramount, and I don't go a single day without saying "This is such a waste of time" at least 10 times by lunchtime. If I am not out of the house and doing something by 8:00pm on a Friday night, the chances of me having the strength to leave my house at 10:30pm to haul my half-asleep ass in the pouring rain to Gowanus for an 11:30pm show where there is no chance my lazy ass will get a seat is about as close to 0% as you can get. Did it suck standing in the rain at the back of a line that wrapped around and up 2nd Ave? Yes. Did it suck to be that far back before someone from the Bell House bothered to announce that we needed to get a hand-stamp inside the venue and then get back in line? Yes. Did it suck that after I got my stamp about 35 more people had gotten in line, pushing me even further back? Yes. Did it suck making my way through the packed front room while drunken revelers shook their booties to an 80s cover band tearing it up on stage? Yes. All that shit totally sucked. And it almost broke me. But, man, the second I had a Red Stripe in my guts and Louis took the stage and the room erupted, I knew all of that prior bullshit wasn't actually such a big deal.

I was able to catch Louis CK's 11:30pm show, the third of three shows performed on Friday September 30th, 2011 at The Bell House. Louis has three shows coming up at the Beacon Theater in NYC on November 10th (two shows) and November 12th. The Beacon Theater shows are part of the New York Comedy Festival and are being taped for a Comedy Central special. The purpose of these three Bell House shows was two fold; to workshop new material and to give Brooklyn three cheap Louis CK shows. He did warn everyone that he'd have his notebook out which he admits is completely rude and inappropriate to do to an audience (sorry Janeane Garofalo). He also started off by explaining that the weird onsale arrangements were an effort to circumvent a whole shitload of scalper nonsense. He also elaborated on the confusing and frustrating economics regarding scalping and how they relate to him. He tries to make all of his huge shows (ie, the Beacon Theater) cheaper than someone like Kathy Griffin or Jim Gaffigan. That way his fans get sort of a break. Unfortunately that means scalpers buy up a ton of tickets because they're a bit inexpensive from the get-go. But then nobody will pay what the scalpers are asking, but the scalpers don't care because they didn't take much of a hit in the first place and the tickets completely go to waste. He says that a sold out Louis CK show is actually a room full of empty seats. It's a very sad scenario.

The room was packed to the gills, but still comfortable to stand and watch in. Louis fan-base has gotten very bro-y, so there were many moments of macho-dude-shouts coming from the audience. Some guy actually agreed with Louis aloud so many times that he had to call the dude out and tell him to shut up. Since this show was comprised of new material drawn straight out of his notebook, it'd be stupid to discuss the specifics of the material. However, he did broach a subject that I always hoped he would; his childhood. A lot of CK's material is drawn from his experiences as a father, a husband, and an ex-husband. For him to come out with 25 solid minutes of his early life that went from the US, to Mexico, and back to the US was a profound look into where this mofo is coming from. It's incredible. Also since he didn't have a show to do after this one, he went on for quite awhile. Since I was double fisting beer (yeah bro!) all night, it was hard to look at my watch but I think the show went well past 1:00am. This is easily one of the funniest comedy shows I have seen in a while, which shouldn't be a stretch considering the guy is a pro, but still. Tickets for upcoming Beacon Theater shows are pretty scarce, but based on what I saw on Friday his new material is some of the best I've seen of his in years. Go. To. It.

More pictures from the late, late show, below...

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Comments (29)

so jealous. :( maybe he will sqeeze some comedy cellar dates in november before the big shows...

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 1:39 PM

Saw him at Hofstra last weekend (my friend going to LAw school there got me a ticket) and he was phenomenal. He mesmerized the bros who stayed surprisingly polite. The audience was about 3,600 people in the basketball arena, but he managed to start off by informing us that statistically one of us would die before the end of September. Actually now that I'm thinking about it and it's October 2nd I wonder who the lucky stiff was.

Posted by Justin | October 2, 2011 1:47 PM

i'm so sad i wasn't able to make it. love this guy, and i'm happy to hear the new material is good.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 2:13 PM

funniest louis material to date. cheeks were in severe pain.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 2:46 PM

Louis has a date in Staten Island as part of the NY Comedy Festival too. Sorry to overlook this, Staten Islanders.

Friday November 11th at the St. George Theater.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0000472E95BC945A?artistid=848510&majorcatid=10002&minorcatid=51&camefrom=CFC_BUYAT_drivngrevenue

Posted by Klaus Kinski | October 2, 2011 3:18 PM

"And the winner of the Klaus Kinski Are You Out of Your Fucking Mind? Award goes to Anonymous October 1, 2011 2:53 PM. Congrats! Please enjoy the dramatic eye-roll and annoyed sigh care of yours truly."

Ha! Im starting to think Brooklyn Vegan hates Brooklyn Vegan fans more than anyone.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 3:36 PM

Just a heads up, 3:36pm:

The views expressed by Klaus Kinski are Klaus Kinski's own and do not necessarily represent the views of BrooklynVegan.com or of any other individual contributor or editor.

Posted by Klaus Kinski | October 2, 2011 4:49 PM

What's Dave all hot and bothered about?

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 5:15 PM

Klaus-- admit it: you were on the guest list. You did not have to take a 30 minute subway ride and another 15 minute walk in order to stand in line at 4pm on a Friday afternoon to get your ticket. It was definitely a headache.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 6:12 PM

Cool story, bro.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 6:19 PM

Overrated pessimist.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 8:05 PM

Name an underrated optimist comic, then.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | October 2, 2011 9:55 PM

Brian Regan

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 10:14 PM

brian regan is one of the least funny comedians out there.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 10:20 PM

brian regan is one of the least funny comedians out there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqS5pJDX5j4

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 10:42 PM

Extra yes.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 10:56 PM

Glowing review. Wish I made more of an effort to make it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 11:20 PM

Is it possible that both Louis CK and Brian Regan are both funny but just have different styles and personalities? People should chillax

Posted by Yup | October 3, 2011 11:20 AM

yup- get your logic and even-handedness out of here. It has no place.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 11:36 AM

Gaffigan >>>> Brian Regan

Let's not kid ourselves here.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 11:59 AM

I gotta go with 11:59 on this one.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 12:27 PM

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 12:28 PM

I am so fucking jealous of everyone who was there.

Posted by G | October 3, 2011 1:13 PM

I had the obscenely good luck to see both of his recent shows, Hofstra and Bellhouse.
I agree that Bellhouse could have had a more organized method of "line-forming". I even asked two employees what my best shot of getting a seat was and neither of them even mentioned the stamp. I was fifth in line and ended up standing anyway.(Thanks guys!)
His pessimism is actually what I love most about him. He takes everything around him and strips it naked, pointing out all of its flaws and everyone else's misconceptions.

Great pictures!

Posted by Lizabrat | October 3, 2011 2:08 PM

Klaus/Jeff -- admit it- you were on the guest list. Aim for accuracy in your review and then we will take you seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 11:51 PM

"Klaus/Jeff -- admit it- you were on the guest list. Aim for accuracy in your review and then we will take you seriously."

Annnnnnd your point is? I still had to wait in line in the rain like everyone else. Guest list didn't mean early entry whatsoever. Oh, but I didn't have to go to the venue in the afternoon like everyone else... is that why your panties are in a twist so badly that you had to post twice?

I am sorry the orbit of your life is so small that you have to fixate on that triviality. And you know me apparently, so why not grow some balls and and bring the stank to my face?

Accurately yours
Klaus

Posted by Klaus Kinski | October 4, 2011 12:36 PM

Louis CK is so funny! Seriously among the best going right now. I'm headed to his show next week and I can't wait!

For anyone else looking for some tix, check out: http://www.smokingtickets.com/performer-events/louis-ck-tickets/

Good luck and go CK!

Posted by Josh Williams | October 12, 2011 10:27 AM

Louis CK just isn't THAT funny. Bleh.

Posted by steph | November 20, 2011 6:05 PM

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