Posted in TV | comedy | tour dates on June 27, 2012

by Klaus Kinski

Note: tickets are on sale now. Ok keep reading...

Louis CK

I've been an avid fan of comedian Louis CK for the past 10 years or so. When I started following his work, he was enjoying a very steady and reliable ascent in popularity. Then he blew. the. fuck. up. in what felt like the time it takes the average person to take a dump. Relentless gigging, successful stand-up specials, one of the most compelling comedies on television (new season of Louie starts tomorrow, June 28th, btw)... He was (and is) dominating. Yet what I love about him most is that his success has not changed how he wants to relate with his audience. He is a rare breed of comedian who writes completely new material every single year and never relies on bits from years prior. He also hates seeing tickets for his shows get bought up by scalpers, marked way up, and his fans getting totally ripped off; he also doesn't like playing to rooms with tons of empty seats; seats that scalpers couldn't sell. Back in September 2011, he did three shows at the Bell House in advance of some big ass shows he was doing at the Beacon Theater. These Bell House shows cost $10. The first two shows at the went on sale via ticketweb the morning of the shows; tickets for the third show were only available to people who could show up at the Bell House in person that afternoon to retrieve them. As fan friendly as this sounded, surprise surprise, people found things to piss and moan about. Ticketweb kept crashing and people kept getting shut out. People have jobs and can't get to the Bell House in the middle of the afternoon. Crap like that. I thought it was a SOLID effort on Louis' part to do a cheap, fan friendly, small room show.

On December 10, 2011 he released the full-length video Live at the Beacon Theater for download online in HD, SD, or audio only for a measly $5. And people downloaded the shit out of it. By December 17, 2011 the show had grossed over one million US dollars. Louis paid for the production out of pocket and his main intent was giving something awesome to his fans for cheap. Obviously it worked.

Now, Louis is taking a HUGE step in circumventing big name ticket outlets like Ticketmaster, Ticketweb, and LiveNation by selling tickets to his next massive tour for a flat $45. Louis provided a long and thoughtful treatise on why he is doing it, how he is doing it, and how he hopes to enforce a strict no scalping policy.

hello folks! I'm going on tour this year from October through Feb. I'll be all over the goddamn place. This year, I'm trying something new, building on the fun, success and fan-benifit of selling my content online. We are selling tickets to this tour exclusively here on louisck.com. I only wanted to do this if there was a way, like with LIVE AT THE BEACON, that it could bring the price of tickets down and make them easier and less complicated to buy. We figured out a way.

Making my shows affordable has always been my goal but two things have always worked against that. High ticket charges and ticket re-sellers marking up the prices. Some ticketing services charge more than 40% over the ticket price and, ironically, the lower I've made my ticket prices, the more scalpers have bought them up, so the more fans have paid for a lot of my tickets.

By selling the tickets exclusively on my site, I've cut the ticket charges way down and absorbed them into the ticket price. To buy a ticket, you join NOTHING. Just use your credit card and buy the damn thing. opt in to the email list if you want, and you'll only get emails from me.

Also, you'll see that if you try to sell the ticket anywhere for anything above the original price, we have the right to cancel your ticket (and refund your money). this is something I intend to enforce. There are some other rules you may find annoying but they are meant to prevent someone who has no intention of seeing the show from buying the ticket and just flipping it for twice the price from a thousand miles away.

Some of these rules may be a pain in your ass, but please be patient. My goal here is that people coming to see my shows are able to pay a fair price and that they be paying just for a ticket. Not also paying an exhorbanant fee for the privalege of buying a ticket.

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. So I'm making more or less depending on the state.

Another benifit to me is also one to you. I get your email address (if you opt in) when you opt in. You don't have to join ANYTHING to buy these tickets and if you opt in, youll only hear from me once in an old man's jizz-cycle.

Obviously none of this means anything if the shows aren't good. So that's up to me. As I do every year, I'll be performing a brand new hour (or more) on all of these shows.

Lastly, it was a real challenge to find venues around the country that could work with our exclusive ticketing service under these perameters. It means I'm playing in very new places. I really appreciate all of these theaters that are letting us give this a try.

Setting up this tour has been fascinating and difficult. this ticketing service is a brand new thing and I really fucking hope it works and that there aren't any problems. If anything comes up, please be patient.

Doing things this way means I"m making less than I would have made if I did a standard tour, using the usual very excellent but expensive ticketing service. In some cities I've had to play smaller venues and do more shows. But I like doing more shows and about a year ago I reached a place where I realized I am making enough money doing comedy so the next thing that interested me is bringing your price down. Either way, I still make a whole lot more than my grandfather who taught math and raised chickens in Michigan.

alright, that's it, folks. I'll be sending this message out to folks on the opt-in list and sending a separate email that lays it out much more simply with the proper links. I am doing this because when I emailed you about LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL, (which is still on sale for 5 dollars!) about half of the people who got the email really enjoyed the long, verbose, unedited message. The other half HATED it and would have preffered a price, a link, and me shutting the fuck up.

This way, you can read this if you like, or your can just see the massive shit-ball of text and throw it in the garbage, and focus on the simple email.

I hope to see you all on the road.

regards,
Louis C.K.

His insane tour schedule runs straight into 2013 and includes 10 NEW YORK CITY SHOWS spanning October 24th through October 28th at the New York City Center. Tickets are currently on sale and based on the seats I was able to pull up, they are going FAST. Complete tour dates below.

As a brief aside, HypeBot has a pretty decent and coherent breakdown of what Louis is doing right and how it could possibly apply to other industries. I mean, I don't know jack squat about the music industry, video industry, distribution industry, or whatever industry gets our entertainment into our eyes and ears... but if what Louis is doing is "new" and appears to be "working" perhaps it's time other related "industries" "evolve" to a "newer model" of "thinking." Because, "clearly," you can make "fans happy" and generate "piles" of "revenue."

Oh, and Littlefield in Brooklyn is hosting an unofficial "Louie" Season Premiere Party Thursday if you're interested. All tour dates, not including ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in NJ, are listed below...

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LOUIS CK 2012/2013 TOUR DATES
September
1 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Trump Taj Mahal - Mark G. Etess Arena (Early show) (via ticketmaster)
1 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Trump Taj Mahal - Mark G. Etess Arena (Late show) (via ticketmaster)

October
3 - Cleveland, Ohio @ Severance Hall (Early show)
3 - Cleveland, Ohio @ Severance Hall (Late show)
4 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ Minneapolis Convention Center
5 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ Minneapolis Convention Center
6 - St. Louis, Mo. @ Fox Theatre
10 - Milwaukee, Wis. @ Riverside Theater
11 - Milwaukee, Wis. @ Riverside Theater
12 - Detroit, Mich. @ The Masonic Temple
17 - Savannah, Ga. @ Johnny Mercer Theatre - Savannah Civic Center
18 - Tulsa, Okla. @ The Brady Theater
19 - Houston, Texas @ Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
20 - Dallas, Texas @ Majestic Theatre (Early show)
20 - Dallas, Texas @ Majestic Theatre (Late show)
24 - New York City, N.Y. @ New York City Center (Early show)
24 - New York City, N.Y. @ New York City Center (Late show)
25 - New York City, N.Y. @ New York City Center (Early show)
25 - New York City, N.Y. @ New York City Center (Late show)
26 - New York City, N.Y. @ New York City Center (Early show)
26 - New York City, N.Y. @ New York City Center (Late show)
27 - New York City, N.Y. @ New York City Center (Early show)
27 - New York City, N.Y. @ New York City Center (Late show)
28 - New York City, N.Y. @ New York City Center (Early show)
28 - New York City, N.Y. @ New York City Center (Late show)

November
7 - Portland, Maine @ Merrill Auditorium
8 - Hartford, Conn. @ Bushnell Center for the Arts
9 - Chicago, Ill. @ Chicago Symphony Center (Early show)
9 - Chicago, Ill. @ Chicago Symphony Center (Late show)
14 - San Francisco, Calif. @ Davies Symphony Hall (Early show)
14 - San Francisco, Calif. @ Davies Symphony Hall (Late show)
15 - San Francisco, Calif. @ Davies Symphony Hall (Early show)
15 - San Francisco, Calif. @ Davies Symphony Hall (Late show)
16 - Chicago, Ill. @ Chicago Symphony Center (Early show)
16 - Chicago, Ill. @ Chicago Symphony Center (Late show)
28 - Fort Lauderdale, Fla. @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts
29 - Tampa, Fla. @ David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
30 - Athens, Ga. @ The Classic Center

December
13 - Austin, Texas @ Austin City Limits Live (Early show)
13 - Austin, Texas @ Austin City Limits Live (Late show)
14 - Austin, Texas @ Austin City Limits Live (Early show)
14 - Austin, Texas @ Austin City Limits Live (Late show)
15 - Denver, Colo. @ Wells Fargo Theatre - The Colorado Convention Center
20 - Seattle, Wash. @ Paramount Theater (Early show)
20 - Seattle, Wash. @ Paramount Theater (Late show)
21 - Seattle, Wash. @ Paramount Theater (Early show)
21 - Seattle, Wash. @ Paramount Theater (Late show)
22 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Celebrity Theatre
31 - Baltimore, Md. @ Josephy Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

January
3 - Boston, Mass. @ Boston Symphony Hall
4 - Boston, Mass. @ Boston Symphony Hall
5 - Boston, Mass. @ Boston Symphony Hall

February
1 - Washington DC @ The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts (Early show)
1 - Washington DC @ The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts (Lateshow)

In addition, he will be at All Tomorrow's Parties in Asbury Park, NJ.

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Comments (54)

did Carles write this?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 2:19 PM

"Also, you'll see that if you try to sell the ticket anywhere for anything above the original price, we have the right to cancel your ticket (and refund your money)."

Unfortunately, this is against NYS law. No a good law, but still law.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 2:21 PM

not too hard to catch him doing a full set at the comedy cellar if you play your cards right.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 2:24 PM

Radiohead

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 2:24 PM

Also doing 2 shows in Atlantic City on 9/1

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 2:25 PM

He's gonna be at ATP!

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 2:29 PM

"I mean, I don't know jack squat about the music industry..."

Couldn't have said it better myself

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 2:31 PM

TL;dr

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 2:33 PM

How would they ever know if a print at home ticket was resold if they don't absolutely ask for ID at the door? And wouldn't such a process for thousands of tickets take forever? They state that they can change them to will-call tickets up to two hours before the show. That is a bit ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 2:40 PM

Cut him some slack. He is going out of his way to give to the fans instead of the professional ticket sellers. So what if he has some unrealistic goals. At least he is making an effort.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 2:43 PM

Anon 2:40... why do you care? The burden isn't on you to manage this shit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 2:45 PM

Thats a lot to care about some entertainment.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 2:48 PM

where in AC is he playing?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 2:55 PM

this guy is not only funny and hot as hell, he is a true cool person

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 2:56 PM

"this guy is hot as hell"

You need help

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:13 PM

fuck this. im reselling the tix i bought yesterday anyway. this bald fuck aint stopping shit. im calling his bluff. just trying to puff out his chest play the good guy. he's acting like he's selling tix for 15 bucks here. im just trying to feed my daughter. lucky louie sucked yo

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:14 PM

3:13 no ginger love?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:19 PM

Ima sclp the shit out dis muafuckas shit now. think U can stop me nigguh? btch please

Posted by rayray | June 27, 2012 3:22 PM

People will be able to scalp, but not list specific seats. If "they" see the seats on stubhub or wherever, they can deactivate the bar code.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:30 PM

Would rather see some music -- particularly the iPods. That band has REAL diversity from track to track. ; )

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:32 PM

Louis CK is GROSSLY overrated
He's good for a chuckle here and there
He is not any kind of comedic genius. He is no George Carlin, or even Gilbert Gottfried for that matter.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:35 PM

3:32 you don't know what you are talking about. My iPod had Louis CK, and the diversity holds for spoken word pieces as well. But you didn't come up with the joke to begin with so the irony is being totally lost on you. Looks like last laugh is on you, sweetheart!

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:37 PM

"Louis CK is GROSSLY overrated
He's good for a chuckle here and there"

I'm sorry, it's not really a matter of opinion at this point, he's the funniest and most prolific comedian of recent times. If you don't agree that just means you hate comedy.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:39 PM

"If you don't agree that just means you hate comedy"

Oh, how I love Fascism! Please, more declarative statements that give us all the direction that we need!

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:43 PM

3:39 forms his musical opinions based on what Pitchfork dictates

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:45 PM

sam kinison and richard pryor are more my style

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:53 PM

lol my perception is not really a matter of opinion at this point lol if you don't agree that just means you hate comedy lol lol

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:59 PM

saying he isnt funny is just bullshit but he's definitely overrated. his standup is kinda just like i dunno....depressing more than funny. all the stuff about divorce kids getting old it's all true but i wanna laugh not realize my existence is meaningless and pathetic. just my opinion. his show is amazing though. cant wait for new eps.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 4:00 PM

THAT PICTURE IS TOO DARK!

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 4:12 PM

I simply hope that after all of this, anyone bitches that they can't resell their tickets because they get the sniffles, or their terrible job wants them to work late, is summarily executed.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 4:15 PM

I want to dip my ball in it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 4:22 PM

He's OK, not great - Calm down.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 4:23 PM

3:39 has been spending the last hour in a existential panic, trying to figure out which turn of the peer acceptance maze led him to this dead end ... "HOW COULD LOUIS CK NOT BE FUNNY?!?!?!?!? ALL MY FRIENDS LOVE HIM!!!!! EVERYONE SAYS HE'S GREAT!!!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH MEEEEEEEE?!?!?!?!??"

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 4:25 PM

^ nope, not really

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 4:29 PM

3:35- Stop it. You are trying to be contrarian and it is grossly (to use your word) evident.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 4:34 PM

@2:45 because it is bullshit. you can't stop resales unless you ID every single person at door. i can't believe they would do that. it would take a long ass time.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 4:54 PM

Ugh . . . embarrassed to admit 3:32 made me laugh.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 5:51 PM

Radiohead fucking blows.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 6:20 PM

4:34 - Nope, wrong again. Keep trying though, one of these days you are bound to stumble upon a legitimate, true observation. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 6:59 PM

BV fucking sucks for not posting this earlier. you guys are fucking slacking lately

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 7:50 PM

Hehe re: the iPods comment. Obviously a joke but at least clever unlike some posters (and some commedians hint hint)

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 9:54 PM

Hummus is a really good snack to enjoy before a comedy show...
The phyto-nutrients allow for more stamina such as belly laughs and Woot-Woot yelling.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2012 12:40 AM

just like how Morrissey does business! except Morrissey takes care of his fans by scheduling shows at Terminal 5, guaranteeing that tickets will be so difficult for scalpers to unload that scalpers will be driven out of business.

it might seem like he's just making a quick stab at the cash, but really it's just that he cares about us. take that Louis CK.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2012 1:39 AM

If you think Hulk Hogan.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2012 2:03 AM

Are for real 1:39, or are you are being sarcastic?

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2012 6:22 AM

Hipster sense of humor = fecal flakes (IN SPACE!)

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2012 6:42 AM

all these shows are sold out

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2012 8:12 AM

Comparing Morrissey to Louis CK is like comparing Liberace to John Bonham. Get bent, 1:39am.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2012 9:35 AM

Comparing 9:35 to 1:39 is like comparing sour milk to St. Vitus glory hole. Full stop. LULZ

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2012 9:43 AM

he added shows on oct 22.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2012 12:12 PM

Well I, for one, am excited by this turn of events.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2012 2:41 PM

Thats a lot to care about some entertainment.

is good

Posted by arabic keyboard | November 16, 2012 5:04 PM

thanks for the share dude

Posted by arabic keyboard | March 25, 2013 5:29 AM

I love it.

Posted by jordon | July 28, 2013 12:53 PM

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