Ever since Shameless slew us and landed him the position of the world’s most prominent comic Louis’ sorta-yearly stand up specials have become a big event in the comedy world. His last, Live at the Beacon Theatre made massive waves when he announced that alongside writing, directing, performing and producing the hour, as he does all his shows, he was also going to fund and funnel it out to audiences himself online; a plan that was met with a lot of great press and a lot more profit. Its interesting then that C.K. chose to shoot this special for HBO, using the more traditional model.
‘I love sitting. I’d take sitting and doing nothing over standing and fucking anyday.’
One would assume that the reason for this relapse is related to his taking a year off of Louie, his TV show; its obviously more relaxing to have someone else step-up and take on some of the responsibilities. The first thing that you notice a out this special is that Louis seems to have spent the advance that they afforded him on buying a new blue shirt to replace the old black one – shame then that he spills a drink on it midway through the set – but that besides that everything else about the production is identical to his prior work: from the pre-show sneak peek to the credit font this is a straight Louis C.K. Production. But what about the content? Oh My God is a fitting title for a follow up to Hilarious, what with both being exclamations one should let out during one of his sets, but does it stand up qualitatively to his biggest hit?