Louis CK, at Town Hall

Back in August, I said that Louis CK had developed an even funnier hour of stand-up than he’d displayed in his most recent HBO special, Shameless. Anyone who saw CK perform Thursday night at Town Hall witnessed it firsthand. CK told me in August that developing the new hour has been "really fun after 22 years of doing stand-up. It’s very renewing." The same could be said for his audiences. I’m not sure I can think of another comedian who can open by repeatedly saying three offensive words and then thoughtfully and hilariously explain why he says them. As he points out, any word is only offensive depending upon the person saying it and the person hearing it. And he aptly notes that the media should be considered offensive for its overuse of "the n-word" and manages a callback, too. "It puts the word in my head. Why don’t you say it?! Don’t hide behind the word like an annoying fa&&ot." He then goes on to explain why gay men "should be respected and not judged" because they perform something he could never do and most women don’t want to do, even though it’s a guy’s favorite thing. Some may find CK to be too profane — he does have a 9/11 masturbation joke, after all — but when it comes down to it, this 40-year-old married man with...

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