To explain: For my money, Louis C.K. is one of the five best stand-ups working today (the other four are, in no particular order: Chris Rock, Patton Oswalt, Lewis Black, and Zach Galifianakis). So I follow him on the Twitter, and yesterday he posts this thing about emailing if you want to come to a taping of stand-up for his new TV show. I reply, of course, thinking it's probably, you know, a couple of weeks away. Then around one, as my buddy M.J. and I are on line for the Bruno preview screening, I get the email to come on to the taping, it's this afternoon in the Village. "What're you doin' after this?" I ask. "Nothing," she replies.
So we got to go watch Louis work. He wrote and directed (just like Pootie Tang!) this show, which is a Seinfeld-style stand-up and sitcom mix that he's pitching to FX; this was them taping the stand-up portion of the pilot episode, with a very small tight crew and a RED camera. The set-up portion was as dull as on any shoot (that part, we understood); what was cool was that he took the mic and fielded some questions and told some stories during all of that, and then we basically got to watch him do some new material (with some starting and stopping for camera stuff), for free.
I do love living in New York.