Louis CK is probably the most hilarious and awesome man alive today.
If you've seen his show Louie, you would know that his comedy goes much beyond being an end for entertainment, but more of a means to explore our all-but-too-familiar life with some pretty amazing perspectives. Through comedy, Louie often challenges our unmindful and unhealthy preconceptions while reminding us of the beautiful moments in life that make all the sadness that come with it, worthwhile.
In a sense, his approach isn't too dissimilar to Woody Allen's, and he's perhaps comparable also to other great predecessors such as Charlie Chaplain (we'll write about Charlie another time and one of our favourite films of all time, The Great Dictator.)
He drops more wisdom in another visit to Conan, sharing his famous "forever empty" statement regarding the innate sadness of being, and our inability to let ourselves just 'feel' our deepest emotions.
You know, underneath everything in your life there's that thing, that empty -- forever empty, you know what I'm talking about? The knowledge that it's all for nothing and you're alone. You know, it's down there. Sometimes when things clear away, you're in your car and you go, oh, no, here it comes that I'm alone. Like it starts to visit on you, just this sadness. Life is tremendously sad just by being in it. And so you're driving and then you go, oh, that's why we text and drive. I look around pretty much 100% of people driving are texting. And they're killing -- everybody's murdering each other with their cars. But people risk ruining their own and taking a life because they don't want to be alone for a second. I was in my car one time and Bruce Springsteen came on one time. And I was listening to "jungle land."... It made me really sad. And I go, OK, I'm getting sad. I've got to get the phone and write hi to 50 people. Somebody not as cool writes back. And you go, f*** you I want somebody better... So anyway, I started to get that sad feeling. I was reaching for the phone. You know what, don't. Just be sad. Just let the sadness stand in the way of it. And let it hit you like a truck. I let it come... And I pulled over and I just cried like a bitch. I cried so much and it was beautiful... Sadness is poetic. You're lucky to live sad moments. And then I had happy feelings because when you let yourself feel sad your body has like anti-bodies. You have happiness rushing in to meet the sadness. I was grateful to feel sad and then I met it with true profound happiness. It was such a trip, you know?
Louis CK continues to challenge us with great hilarious success in his newest season of Louie. If you're looking for something that makes you laugh as much as ponder how we might be able to live a fuller life, this is the show for you.
Here are a couple more of our favourite clips from both his show and stand up.