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.
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.