This Is How A Louis C.K. Joke Is Delivered

Submitted by: fancylad 6 months ago in Entertainment


An in-depth look at the science of a Louis C.K. joke -- from inception to delivery in front of an audience.
There are 19 comments:
Male 3,147
Breaking down someone else's jokes doesn't make you a comedian.... tell your own, not dryly explain someone else's.
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Male 39,552
A joke never works if you have to explain it
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2,767
Gerry1of1  This times a thousand. There is a reason Mitch Hedberg is GOAT. 
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Male 3,110
skypirate you sir are a scholar and a gentleman. behold you have gained +500 exp
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Male 3,213
Gerry1of1 This was not an explanation of the joke, rather the theory behind why it makes us laugh and the intelligence it takes to utilize words, grammar and sentence structure in a manner to not only produce a laugh, but to setup a believable premise that allows the audience to anticipate and savor the punch line.

It is rare when someone can deliver laughter with such precise skill.
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Male 3,110
kalron27 theres a certain kind of ego to it though.. and why would he tell people truthfully how to make a joke...hes a comedian. though unlike gerry i like louis cks stuff. not in the top 5 though
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Male 3,213
rumham I'm confused...this was a video of some guys interpretation of how Louie delivers his material, not Louie telling people how he makes his jokes.

Regardless, the guy does explain it well.
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Male 39,552
kalron27 Well Louis doesn't make me laugh so I can't think he has 'precise skill'. Missed his target with me totally.
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Male 3,213
Gerry1of1 That is fine, you can have your tastes, but I was referring to the fact that the joke was not explained, rather what it is about his delivery that makes it work.
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Male 4,397
Gerry1of1 True, but this routine of LCK needs no explanation; it's hilarious on its own. And for me, the dissection of it, while unnecessary, was really interesting.
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Male 3,110
squrlz4ever heres a methaphor or comparision.. would you rather watch a musician tell you about how he made a song, or just listen to the song... thats what i get out of this
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Male 39,552
rumham well said
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rumham Why not both? It's not an either/or proposition.

Penn & Teller have been outstandingly successful because they both do magic and explain how they do it afterwards.
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Male 4,397
rumham I liken it more to a documentary on Beethoven. The music stands on its own, but for fans, it's interesting to get a better understanding of how it was composed.

Everyone has different tastes in comedians, no doubt. But I have a hard time understanding how someone can't laugh at some of LCK's routines. Have you seen this one, about his experience smoking pot?
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Male 3,213
This is also why his show works so well.  Louie is damn good writing and direction.  The last season was pretty dark and surreal.  I'd love to see Louie, but he pulls high prices nowadays.  Maybe he will do a small club tour...maybe...
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Male 606
I am totally using this now as an example of a close reading of a text.  This is solid close reading analysis here.
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Male 169
Frog dissected.
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2,767
I think it's wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly. 

-Steven Wright 

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Male 3,213
skypirate Steven Wright is another unique comedian that understands the art of delivery.
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