At the screenings for his stand-up concert film, Hilarious, Louis CK was more than generous with his time and sincerity in answering questions from fans in the audience afterward this week at the IFC Center in New York City. He talked technically about the making of the film, about his close working relationship with Pamela Adlon (who played his TV wife on HBO's Lucky Louie, co-wrote a failed pilot for CBS that CK said the suits really hated, and plays a TV friend on FX's Louie, as well as a consulting producer whom he bounces ideas off of), indulged a fan who wanted him to respond to alleged bashing by Marc Maron (even though CK said he has been a friend of Maron's since both were in Boston), talked about his working relationship with Chris Rock, his comments on race (noting that he spent the first several years of his life growing up in Mexico, as half-Mexican, even though nobody ever thinks of him that way).
But Louis CK also opened up about his Twitter-hate for Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008, and would-be future candidate. CK has gone to Twitter in allegedly drunken states to bash Palin. The last time he did so, he found himself a day later sitting next to her daughter, teen-aged single mother Bristol Palin, on the set of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. And then Leno coerced him into trying a dance move alongside Bristol Palin.
Here's the video from Sept. 3:
And here is Louis CK explaining himself Wednesday night to his fans in NYC. He opens by talking about being on camera next to Bristol Palin:
"It (the camera) cut off my face, while she was talking, and I was really, because I was looking at this monitor, and I'm like, do I go like this (he tilts his face to the left and mugs), do I edge out, which is awkward, because the audience was looking at me. And I didn't want to do this (stands awkwardly), but I also didn't want to go (mugs again). Yeah. OK. I wrote mean things about Sarah Palin on Twitter. And not because I'm political. But because it's fun. I do think she's Hitler. But that's not why I do it. I do it because it's fun. But I let myself have fun at her expense, because she's Hitler. Her being Hitler allows me in my head to say mean things about her, but that's not the reason. The reason is because it's just fun. Because she's just an amazing, beautiful perfect villain. She's just crystalline. She says things that are at perfect right angles to truth and reason, and that blows me away. It's poetry when that woman speaks. And I'm sexually attracted to her boobs. She's sexually attractive, to me. But I do think she's terribly dangerous, and I do think she could really Hitler up the place. And by the way, once, I wrote on Twitter that she's the new Hitler, and I got this immediate — like, immediate — email on the same device, from somebody that I kinda, whatever, I don't want to say who, who said, 'You gotta take that down. You can't compare a person in the public eye to someone who killed six million Jews.' And I said, 'Well, I'm not saying that she's that Hitler. She's the early Hitler, when he was building power. I don't know how many Jews he was going to kill. But I know that she's building power the same way. Hitler was voted into office through this weird, like he took a bunch of seats, and he got this party going, and he just started intimidating people, and that's exactly what she's doing. Again. I don't care. I'm not political, but why not? Fuck it. If Hitler was running, I'd say 'Hey, fucking losers, suck my dick, Hitler!' And I wouldn't feel like, oh, that's not that nice. Fuck 'em. He's Hitler.
"So I write things about her, people living in her cunt, or whatever it is, and then, yeah, so I go on the Tonight Show. I had no idea. Until I arrived, and I'm walking past the dressing room and it's Bristol, her fucking daughter is on the show. And we sat there, and she talked to Jay, but she, to me, I just saw a young girl who's very nervous — she was terribly nervous — be on the Tonight Show. And after her segment I told her, 'You did a good job. That's not easy.' And she said, 'Thank you.' She's very nice. So she invited me to stand there and dance. And I knew I was paying some kind of penance, for what I'd done, I'm standing there like this, me, Bristol Palin, fucking Jay Leno, and some dude from Dancing with the Stars, and I'm standing there kinda like this, and I'm like, this is totally karma. Pretty direct karma."