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Quote of the Day: Louis CK is the El Duque of comedy

Dec 12, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

Louis CK

In promotion of a new live performance available at his websiteLouis CK is doing an Ask Me Anything over at Reddit today, and one of the questions he was asked was about how he thinks a comedian is supposed to approach his audience and all of that. His answer will make fans of craftiness happy:

i don’t know about “Supposed to” I think there’s a million ways to do things. there was a pitcher for the Yankees once named Orlando Hernandez or “el Duque” he was a cuban exile. A thing they said about him was he was hard to hit cause he had so many arm angles and release points. a hitter studies a pitcher and watches for the ball so he can time it, but with el duque, you don’t even know where the f****r is coming from. Nine o clock? Eleven? And does he let go of it up top or out front? Impossible. I sometimes think of comedy in those terms.

There are very few of us who have the raw talent in anything we do to be able to throw our career equivalent’s worth of 100 m.p.h. heat. We all have to be crafty. We all have to mess with the arm angles. It’s just how to get by.

And in light of that, it’s probably no accident that Orlando Hernandez and Louis CK are two of my favorites at what they do.

  1. phukyouk - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    “bag of dicks” Will always be a personal Favorite of mine..
    that and ” well good cause i didnt want to hear your stupid fucking story anyway”

  2. JBerardi - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Perhaps some false modesty by Louis there. As far as I’m concerned that guy does throw 105 MPH comedy fastballs.

    Highly NSFW of course.

    • ricofoy - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      The millionaire CK riffing about how he only has 20 bucks in his account. hahaha That’s funny.

  3. El Bravo - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    I watched this performance yesterday. Comedy gold as usual for Lucky Louie. He’s been my favorite comedian of the last decade. Honorable mention goes to Chappelle of course.

    • El Bravo - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

      PS. Thanks Craig, the reddit link will now devour my entire afternoon. Then I’m going home and watching this again.

    • JBerardi - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

      Chappelle is amazing but he’s more of an improv guy to me. Louis is the king when it comes to prepared material (at least now that Carlin is gone).

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:54 PM

      Ferguson’s my guy, but Louie CK is tremendous as well.

      Honorable mention to Rickles.

  4. aceshigh11 - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Louis CK is an incredibly astute comedian…he makes me double over with laughter, and then he can be really poignant and thoughtful.

    He’s been around a LONG time, but he’s only hit his stride in the last few years…he’s not one of the greats yet, but he’s creating quite a comedic legacy.

    • JBerardi - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:39 PM

      “He’s been around a LONG time, but he’s only hit his stride in the last few years…he’s not one of the greats yet, but he’s creating quite a comedic legacy.”

      He’s not El Duque, he’s Randy Johnson. Super talented but it wasn’t until very late in his career that he really maxed out his abilities.

    • Kyle - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:58 PM

      For my money, he’s there already. HOF’er even if he hung them up today.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:24 PM

        If he hung ’em up today, it would still take 5 years, and then another 2-3 to win over the writers who never, ever give entry on the first couple of tries.

    • baseballisboring - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:27 PM

      The pace at which he’s able to create material is the really amazing thing. He’s got 4 incredible hours in the last five years.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    It’s great to see Louis CK finally have a show that does him justice. Anyone who doubts him should see the episode with Dane Cook – painfully funny in every sense.

    • Glenn - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:59 PM

      It does him justice because he has complete creative control. Sometimes the suits just need to get out of the way.

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