To a certain extent, all comedians traffic in misery; disappointment, rejection, eternal loneliness and depression -- these are the backbones of comedy. But Louis C.K. seems to take the curmudgeon cake.
Here's why: "Louie," his FX hit that follows all of C.K.'s misadventures, isn't just deliciously miserable, he believes that his biggest failure is the reason for its success. Now that's self-deprecating!
The comedian's directorial debut, "Pootie Tang," was, well, not a success. In fact, the Chris Rock and Lance Crouther-led 2001 spoof, which was also written by C.K., was universally panned. He was eventually fired during its production for "sucking," but, the comedian said, "they put my name on it anyway."
But even for Louis C.K., there's a silver lining: "Failing at 'Pootie Tang' is one of the reasons for why this show ['Louie'] is good. The army of failures I've had are the reasons that I'm good at what I'm doing now."
Interestingly, his theory holds water. C.K. explained that the reason why "Pootie Tang" was such a boldfaced disaster is because of Paramount's resistance to allow him to have full control. So with his FX show, it was either his way or the highway.
"If they won't let me do a show the way I want it to be done, I won't do it...I don't need it," he said. "I can go on the road and do comedy. I don't need this shit."
Luckily, "Louie's" success hasn't soiled C.K.'s macabre world view. "There is still a decline coming...I'm terrified that Season 3 won''t be as good as Season 2. I'm not sleeping very well right now, I still have a lot to keep me depressed."