Louis C.K. is a very busy man. When he's not writing, directing and starring in his hit FX comedy series "Louie" (Season 3 premieres Thurs., June 28, 10:30 p.m. ET), he's making history in the stand-up comedy world, first for choosing to self-distribute his special last December, and now for sticking it to the ticket scalper culture by offering all tickets for his upcoming tour at a flat rate, sold exclusively on his Web site.
It looks like his gamble paid off: On Wednesday, he reported selling 100,000 tickets -- raking in $4.5 million -- in just 45 hours.
HuffPost TV caught up with C.K. at FX's summer comedy premiere party in Hollywood to chat more about the new season of "Louie," which HuffPost TV critic Maureen Ryan had just deemed "the best comedy on television." ("That was really nice," C.K. said in response to the review.)
Keep reading to hear C.K. talk big guest stars, structural changes and getting smarter as a director.
Season 3 feels like a new show -- in a good way.
It's very different from the other seasons. Some stories take longer to tell -- like a few episodes -- and I think we got better at shooting.
You think it's safe to say the look and feel of the show is now more cinematic?
Yeah, a little more. I think I'm just getting smarter as a director, and I'm getting more confidence and ability to control what's going on.
Was it a big decision to do a few multi-episode storylines? Because I know the draw for the first season at least was that episodes were pretty self-contained -- this feels like a very interesting shift.
Well, we still have a lot of episodes that are short, like two stories in an episode, and we have some that are just one episode. But we have one that's a three-episode story because I wrote something and I didn't want to stop writing it. I didn't want to do a three-part thing, it's just that it took 50 pages to tell the story, so I just split it up. It lends itself, that story -- which comes later in the season -- it's got more of a building, 'What's gonna happen?' There's no cliffhanger, but it just feels like something that's going to be fun to develop over time.
Any exciting guest stars in that one?
Interesting ... there's really no shortage of amazing actors who want to come play on your show.
Yeah, we have like four Oscar winners in this season -- which doesn't mean anything to me, but it does to some people. That [three-episode] arc is going to be tremendous. It's going to be really fun, and the people in it -- you're gonna be going, "Oh my god, that guy! And that guy!"
Tell us: Are you excited to see the new season of "Louie"?
"Louie" Season 3 premieres Thurs., June 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET on FX.
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