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30 Comedians to Know in 2016 PT 2

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“I’ve never gotten laid ‘cause of the way I look. I’m the guy that women see they go…‘Eh?’ And I’m like, ‘I know, but let me just talk to you for a minute.”

Louis C.K.

Louis Székely, known professionally as Louis C.K., is one of those rare comedians who possess the ability to perfect multiple genres during his stand-up and his TV and film appearances. He specializes in observational comedy, black comedy, blue comedy, cringe comedy, insult comedy, sarcasm, self-depreciation and satire. His material often consists of many different subjects as well, such as everyday life, human interaction, human behavior, social awkwardness, sex, marriage, gender differences, current events and parenting. His talent and ability to touch on all these subjects and remain hilarious while doing so has, especially within the last couple of years, helped broadened his fan base dramatically.

The comedian, actor, writer, editor, director producer, executive producer and primary editor for the FX comedy-drama series Louie began his career writing for several comedy shows in the 1990s and early 2000s for comedians like David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Chris Rock and Dana Carvey. Also, during this time he was directing surreal short films and went on to direct two features—Tomorrow Night (1998) and Pootie Tang (2001) before he starred in the short-lived HBO TV sitcom Lucky Louie.

C.K. began his career as a stand-up comedian in 1985, but it wasn’t until 1993 that his career really took off. Since then, he hasn’t slowed down one bit, as he has pretty much has worked on at least one project every year. In fact, it seems that his schedule becomes fuller and fuller as his career progresses. From 1993 to 1996, C.K. focused on directing, writing and editing. In early 1996 he performed in his first TV stand-up special on HBO Comedy Half-Hour, and from late 1996 to the present, not only is he still directing, writing and editing, be he is also acting, performing stand-up, providing voices for cartoon characters and holding roles in both TV and film. His filmography can be seen here. Additionally, the comedian’s discography includes 11 CDs and DVDs from 2000 to the present. His discography can be seen here.

A short time after his career began, C.K. was already gaining well-deserved recognition. From 1998 to now, the comedian has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, eight Primetime Emmys, two Critics’ Choice Awards, three DGA Awards, a Grand Jury Award, a Grammy, a Dorian Award, a Golden Starfish Award, five OFTA Television Awards, two PGA Awards, three Satellite Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Screenwriters Choice Awards, two TCA Awards, a TV Guide Award and one WGA Award.

C.K. has won five Primetime Emmys, an American Comedy Award, a COFCA Award, two Critics’ Choice Awards, a Grammy, a NYFCO Award, an OFTA Television Award, a Satellite Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two TCA Awards and two WGA Awards.

The comedian isn’t wasting any time in 2016 and already has a few projects underway. For one, Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming 3D computer animated comedy film The Secret Life of Pets, in which C.K. provides the voice of main character, Max, is set to release on July 8 by Universal Pictures. In addition, C.K. will be working with FX this year on two new series, which the comedian will be co-writing and producing: Baskets is a comedy about an aspiring clown played by Zach Galifianakis, and Better Things which stars Emmy-nominated Louie regular Pamela Adlon is about a single mother/ actress raising three daughters. On the latter, C.K. will direct and co-write the pilot with Aldon, and both series will premiere on FX this year. On top of all that, Hollywood Reporter, C.K. will also revealed he would direct, write and star in I’m a Cop, his first film directorial effort in 14 years.

Keep up with Louis C.K. news and upcoming shows by following him on Twitter

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