Louis CK may well be the best comedian on the planet right now. His resumé includes a slew of high-profile gigs writing (for The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and The Chris Rock Show) and acting (The Invention of Lying, NBC's Parks and Recreation). Even his commercial failures are interesting: He wrote and directed the cult favorite Pootie Tang, was on the staff of the short-lived but influential Dana Carvey Show (with Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, and Charlie Kaufman), and was the star and driving force behind the HBO throwback sitcom Lucky Louie. Despite his past successes, CK is at the zenith of his career right now, writing, directing, and starring in the innovative FX sitcom Louie, and in the last four years releasing a trilogy of exceptional hour-long standup specials, Shameless, Chewed Up, and Hilarious. The latter projects represent some of most potent and incisive standup in decades. He's taken up George Carlin's mantle as America's funniest, most erudite and profane social critic, but his material tilts even more toward the personal, drawing on his experiences as a divorced single father of two young daughters. Onstage CK eschews pomp and showmanship for substance, delivering indelible comic gems with surgical precision and a Zen master's confidence. Rare are the chances to see an absolute master of an art form at the height of his powers; this is one of them.
Fri., Oct. 1, 8 & 10:30 p.m., 2010