FX, the home of Louis C.K.’s award-winning comedy series Louie, has reached an agreement to televise C.K.’s latest standup special, Louis C.K. Live At the Beacon Theatre. The special premieres this Saturday, May 12 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
In a move that was hailed as groundbreaking and game-changing, C.K. released ‘Live At the Beacon Theatre’ directly to consumers through his website for $5 apiece. The strategy was hailed as groundbreaking and helped to catapult him onto TIME’s 2012 list of “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Released on December 10, 2011, the one-hour special brought in over $1M in the 11 days after its release. C.K. donated a large portion of the proceeds to charity.
Louis C.K. serves as Executive Producer, Writer, Director and Editor of Louis C.K Live At the Beacon Theatre. Dave Becky is Executive Producer and M. Blair Breard is Producer. The special is produced by Pig Newton, Inc.
Season 3 of his acclaimed comedy series Louie debuts on Thursday, June 28 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. TIME magazine name Louie the Best Television Show of 2011. FX has ordered 13 episodes for the third season.
Louis C.K. is one of the most honest and respected comedic voices of his generation, finding success in both television and film, as well as the live stage. Currently he serves as executive producer, writer, director and editor on Louie. Louis was nominated for four 2011 Emmy® Awards for Louie and his standup special Hilarious including “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series”, “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series”, “Outstanding Picture Editing For A Special” and “Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music or Comedy Special”. He was honored as 2011 “Comedy Person of the Year” from the Just For Laughs Festival. C.K. was recently named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” won four 2012 Comedy Awards, and was named as Variety’s 2011 “Comedy Person of the Year”. Louie was honored on many year-end top 10 lists including AFI, Time, Entertainment Weekly and dozens of others. Hilarious was also honored with a 2012 Grammy for Best Comedy Album.
As a filmmaker, Louis is best known for his cult classic Blaxploitation spoof, Pootie Tang, which he wrote and directed. Louis’ first feature film, Tomorrow Night, an independent film that he produced, wrote, and directed, premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 1998. He also created the short film, Ice Cream, which screened at Sundance and as part of the “New Directors, New Films” series at MOMA in 1994.