Louis C.K.’s SNL return went smoothly enough, until Tig Notaro fans noticed some striking similarities between a prerecorded “Birthday Clown” sketch, and Notaro’s own “Clown Service” short. It might have been an earnest mistake, but Notaro now speaks out against SNL, calling the apparent rip “extremely disappointing.”
Forty-two seasons of comedy are bound to see SNL traversing some familiar ground, but a recent sketch from this past weekend’s Louis C.K. return may stepped over the line. Tig Notaro fans are accusing a pre-recorded clown sketch of aping one of the comedian’s short films, subbing in C.K. for her.
Recent months have seen SNL shifting away from the traditional guest star promos to something with a bit more production value, but don’t bother trying to get Louis C.K. on board. The comedian would like you to know he’s hosting this weekend, not presenting at the Grammys.
The Netflix comedy machine keeps cranking out the major names. Just weeks after Dave Chappelle debuted two new streaming specials, Louis C.K. is already gearing up for his own with a Louie-esque first trailer for the April premiere.
Dave Chappelle had perhaps one of the hardest SNL gigs in recent memory, to follow the still-stunning upset of Election Night with humor. His monologue in particular set a tone for soldiering onward, for which Chappelle now offers new insight into the SNL writers’ room that week, and the advice Louis C.K. gave him.
SNL has been piecemealing through 2017 with two shows a month, and our first April show is now confirmed to follow Scarlett Johansson. Comedian Louis C.K. will return to SNL for the first April 2017 show, joined by a first-time musical guest.
As if Sarah Silverman, Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld weren’t enough, Netflix has picked up yet another comedy icon for new specials. Louis C.K. has joined the streaming service with a commitment for two new standup performances, the first of which will arrive as early as April.
Around this time last year, we first heard that Louie creator Louis C.K. and the legendary Albert Brooks had partnered on a new animated comedy for FX, and one year later, it’s finally official (with a tweak). TBS has officially ordered the new series, which places both comedians as The Cops.
Louis C.K. knew the risks of self-distributing his Horace and Pete TV series, incurring at least some debt before the star-studded dramedy would turn a profit. And while the series may not have taken in the kind of award recognition many hoped, Horace and Pete is finally streaming in a traditional model on Hulu.
Louis C.K.’s self-financed series got the wrong kind of attention with offhand remarks that he’d gone into debt, though the Louie creator was quick to correct that the investment would eventually pay off, particularly with sale to an official outlet. That day seems to have come, as C.K. suggests Hulu will eventually stream the 10-episode series.