Glazer: Louis CK Trashes Kansas City…Again!

I woke up yesterday to a flood of emails, Facebook messages and calls about the Louis CK show on FX…

Many said it was this season’s best. Well, I didn’t see the show but years ago Louis directed a film called Pootie Tang. It was a small film, but well received and his agent Matt Blake called me about having him do standup at Stanford’s in Westport.

Louie came in, we hung out, he was very funny, but the audience was just average.

I liked the guy, so we had him back a year later and he was even funnier, but again attendance was average or just above. So as time went by, we didn’t rebook Louis.

In the early 2000’s Louis got a show on HBO, a scripted almost reality show with Jim Norton, about Louis CK’s life. It was raw, funny and very different – kind of a modern day Honeymooners – but it didn’t work.

Many thought after that failure it was curtains for CK.

Not so fast.

Louis continued to promote himself, got another HBO Special, then a couple years later…THE LOUIS CK SHOW on FX. A hit, a huge hit.

Stanford’s did have many of his cast members on our stage, including Jim Norton, who I saw in Montreal last week.

A handful of months ago, Louis was on with Jay Leno. He’d just completed his national tour, a big financial hit.

That is, except for one city. You got it Kansas City.

Nobody showed up at the Midland.

And Louis went off about it for several minutes with Jay: “Kansas City is the armpit of the nation, it sucks, I hate it, a real dump!”


However he did give props to Stanford and Sons; “The only good thing about that town is Stanford’s. I even smoked some dope with the brothers there…good guys.”

I did see and hear that one.

Last night as part of his scripted TV show – Louis CK, season 3 – he did an entire bit about how he hated Kansas City, except for Stanford’s. Boy, he just never got over being snubbed.

You know some east coast guys don’t do well in the Midwest. I was tight with Dave Attell, he also didn’t draw well in KC. He did have a sold out week one time with us, but later didn’t draw too well at the Uptown. I opened for him that night with about 700 people there. Very funny cat.

So it’s nice to get the national pub, however I hate hearing that our city sucks because it doesn’t.

We’re just Midwesterners at heart and we never really did get over those damn YANKEES/ROYALS series.

Thanks for the mentions Louis!
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25 Responses to Glazer: Louis CK Trashes Kansas City…Again!

  1. smartman says:

    Somebody needs to get Louis S.U.C.K to clarify if he means KCK, KCMO or both. We’ll kidnap that half breed beaner and put him in Blue Springs for a week. It was by far the best episode of the season, full of metaphorical symbolism and irony that foreshadowed his feelings about KC. Plus Robin Williams was a guest star. Louis and his commie lib Upper East Side intelligence can suck my MENSA member dick. He’s Woody Allen with less time in therapy and he never banged any SUPERHOT chicks. Bill Burr takes shits that are funnier than Louis S.U.C.K. Come to think of it so do I.

  2. rkcal says:

    You lost me at “Pootie Tang” was well received. By who?

  3. ted says:

    Terrible weather, terrible sports teams, terrible schools, no water, no mountains, nothing to do, populated by closed-minded people. Yep, it sucks.

  4. the dude says:

    I’m going to sine your pitty on the runny kine!

  5. BS says:

    Pootie Tang got a 29 on rotten Tomatoes. Poorly received.
    I saw Louie the other night. Did not hear him say “except” Stanfords.

  6. smartman says:

    Pootie Tang: Cole me on the panny sty.
    Bob Costas: …I’m sorry. What was that?
    Pootie Tang: Cole – Cole me on the panny sty.
    Bob Costas: What the hell are you talking about?
    Pootie Tang: …Cole me down on the panny sty?
    Bob Costas: Oh, cole me down on the panny sty! All right!

  7. Super Dave says:

    Upon seeing something written about Louis CK by Glazer makes me think; Does Glazer not realize that there are enough people to hate in the world already without him putting in so much effort to give us another?

  8. Craig Glazer says:

    As mentioned I didn’t see the show, saw the Leno show…was told what he said and did. As for Pootie Tang, well no it was not a ‘hit’ film…just quirky…that was not the point of the story…the main point was his banging on KC not once on national TV but twice…and did like Stanfords…thats all…

    • balbonis moleskine says:

      The story about him smoking weed with you at Stanford’s has been incorporated in his act. One of my buddies saw him in NYC and called me because he mentioned KC.

      Mostly the bit is about how he cannot handle smoking weed anymore, not so much KC.

      I am torn on Louis CK. I usually forget people who shit on my town but he is a spoiled NYer and probably just misses that our town doesn’t smell like hot garbage and piss so I’ll give him a break.

    • the dude says:

      Yeah man, the guy is a comic. People are really gonna take what a comic says seriously?!?!

      You guys do realize he is a comic, right?

  9. CK Stands for? says:

    CK = Cock Kisser

  10. Skeptic says:

    He never mentioned your chuckle hut by name or even in passing.

  11. Joe G says:

    You need to watch the episode again — Stanford’s is only mentioned as the club he’s playing by the unbearable “KC” DJs doing the interview. CK never mentions on the show how he thinks you’re the only cool thing about KC. Sounds like a case of hearing what you want to hear…

  12. kinder says:

    well if he said KC sucks because nobody came to his show, that would make sense. I’ve seen all of his standup shows and his tv show and find it somewhat funny, mostly because I can relate to the single dad scenes and the dating stuff. even though I live in KC, it’s not my mom, so say what you want to about it, no big whoop.

  13. Craig Glazer says:

    well one guy says he never mentioned us, another said nothing good, the Kansas City Star wrote about it and said, “he spoke as did the show of Stanford and Sons..” It was on Jay Leno he said he liked Stanfords..and us…not the Louie CK show…so there you have it, Jeeze…I guess from now on I’ll need photo’s of girls I say I went out with huh…

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