“I know that things will probably never get better than this and I’m ok with that” – it wasn’t a boastful exclamation from one of the hottest contemporary comedians, but more an admission that Louis CK‘s popularity is unusually strong. With his self titled show a hit on FX and concert film “Louis CK: Hilarious” making the rounds online, Louis CK has built a very strong following, putting him on par with many of the top stand-up comedians performing today. Selling out two back-to-back shows at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Louis CK tickets sold for hundreds of dollars on Craigslist and had people waiting in line around the block from the Aladdin Theater.
Louis CK’s charm is that he simply isn’t charming. Most comedians want to connect with their audience, compliment their city and make them feel welcome. Louis CK dispels all this pretense and simply says what he thinks and what he feels. This naked approach results in a show that is constantly fresh and alive. I’ve seen much of Louis CK’s work, including his entire series and recent concert film, and the set he did at the Aladdin didn’t repeat a single joke from any of it. To have an entire show of completely new material is a real delight, and some jokes, including a riff on Sarah Palin, seemed to come right off the cuff during the set.