Louis C. K. is one of those artists who to me isn’t a personal hero but who is very much rooted in several of my heroes’ lives.
He was completely influenced by the comedy of George Carlin, he roomed with Sarah Silverman in New York in the 90s, he opened for Jerry Seinfeld frequently, he had David Lynch on his show last year, he cracked a joke about John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath in his last standup, he was in an HBO special with Ricky Gervais (and Seinfeld) a couple years ago, et. al.
He’s like a super composite (and more) of a bunch of the people whose work I love and deeply respect, and their influence on him is undeniable. He’s talented beyond words, one of the funniest people alive today. I’m glad he’s achieved a considerable level of fame in past years. He deserves it all and more.
If you haven’t seen his latest HBO special, called Oh My God, you really haven’t lived yet. He has mastered the ability to make everybody who watches him fall to pieces laughing for an hour. The title of his comedy special will be your reaction to every joke he throws at you.
And I say this all as sincerely as a post on Tumblr allows. Louis C. K., thank you.