Louis C.K.'s 2008 special is out today on CD and DVD, just in time to recalibrate both your holiday shopping wish lists as well as your Top 10 lists.
I interviewed Louis C.K. back in September about "Chewed Up" as well as about where his career has taken him, and on the bonus 37-minute DVD interview track, the stellar stand-up again covers some of this ground. But because he's alone in his house answering questions, he only has the camera to play to, which in effect, means that it appears as though you're the one he's talking to. He does make one or two edits to this interview, but it remains both brutally honest and funny, from exploring how he got into comedy in Boston in the 1980s, driving out to a West Virginia trailer park for an early gig, and how the importance of stamina in boxing relates to stand-up comedy. "This is all way too serious and self-indulgent," he says at one point. But it's not. It's really quite interesting and valuable insight to pass along to anyone, whether that viewer is a casual fan or an aspiring performer.
On the CD, you get a bonus seven minutes to go along with the hour special, two tracks "4 AM" (which just as easily could be called "childbirth") and "Sweatpants & Vodka" (delving into suburbia via Rent-a-Center and Walgreens).
Whether you want to see it, or just listen to it, you should buy it.
A clip, not quite safe for work but almost, is after the jump that includes a Christmas reference!