Live At The Comedy Store
Louis CK’s latest special is an hour of brand new material – developed at the smaller clubs, bits and pieces he’s pulled together possibly after doing his main set elsewhere. Eventually he put it all together in one full show at the Comedy Store, with snippets from opening act, Jay London.
I’ve already reviewed the special (the video) but wanted to return to this as Comedy Album – you buy the special from louisck.net and for your $5 you get a download of the audio Mp3/FLAC as well as the video (H.264/1080p HD).
My first watch of the special was enjoyable and I’ve returned to it – but it’s been on the headphones, listening to this as an album, a good old-fashioned comedy album that I’ve come to hear (and then view) this as some of CK’s best work, or at the very least up there. My earlier review wasn’t quite so the rave.
It’s not that I missed too much on that first viewing, more a case of realising that even when getting close to goofing off (as CK nearly humble-brags on his site) his material is tight, so well constructed, so clearly, cleverly put together. He’s constantly taking risks, stringing his audience along, seeing how far they’ll go with him. This is a comedy that’s about one man’s observations – as is so often the way with comedy – but in these universal themes he finds fresh angles and unpacks parts of his psyche.
Live At The Comedy Store is worth your time and money. The bits around fatherhood show how that most mundane, tried, tested area can be further tapped for new and interesting ideas.
The closing dissection of the Wizard of Oz is deceptively simple – and, as with the opening pieces around accents, it’s great to hear CK working with his voice/voices not just with words and storytelling. There’s a physicality in this performance, in the way he tells these tales, that is almost lost when you’re first lining up to see and hear how it all sounds, how the jokes will work. It’s returning to it on Mp3, hearing it as an album, that you start to notice the depth in the performance, in the way this material was written not just for stand-up but to stand up. Some of his finest ideas are in here.