30 Lesser Known Facts About The Fan-Favorite Comedian Louis C.K.


Louis Székely, an American comedian, actor, writer, producer and director, has received six Emmy awards and also a 2012 Peabody Award. He has won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album twice. Here are 30 facts about the comedian:

  1. Szekely was born on September 12, 1967, in Washington, D.C to Luis Székely, an economist and Mary Lousie, a software engineer.
  2. He is known for his observational self-deprecating, dark and vulgar humor. He has won numerous awards including six ‘Emmy’ and a ‘Peabody’ awards.
  3. He was raised by his mother after his parents were separated, when he was 10 years old.He has three sisters.
  4. His father was a Hungarian Jewish Immigrant from Mexico and his mother is an American of Irish and German ancestry.
  5. His first language was Spanish and did not learn to speak English until the age of seven, when his family moved back to United States from Mexico. He holds dual citizenship of Mexico and U.S.
  6. He was sent to a Camp of Retarded Kids by his parents by mistake, when he was in third grade. They didn’t realize it until afterwards.
  7. Louis surname ‘Szekely’ was pronounced with difficulties. When he was kid his instructor made fun of his name and wrote C.K on his jersey and everywhere. This is stuck till date.
  8. He completed his schooling from Newton North High School in 1985 and ignored an offer from ‘New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts,’ to pursue his dreams.
  9. Szekely did many odd jobs after schooling. He worked in a video store, was a cook at a KFC, a crappy auto mechanic in Boston and as stand-up comedian at a local club.
  10. He was a flop as a stand-up comedian the first time, when he performed at an open mike night at comedy club in Boston. He did not have materials to perform for allotted five minutes.
  11. After spending four years in Boston honing his skill, he moved to Manhattan and wrote two episodes for ‘Caroline’s Comedy Hour,’ T.V serials in 1989.
  12. In 1990, he wrote and directed two short films ‘Caesar’s Salad’ and ‘Ice Cream.’ Conan O’Brien and Robert Smigel were so impressed with the fact that Szekely made his own film and they hired him to writer for their T.V series ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien.’
  13. After an unsuccessful audition for ‘Saturday Night Live,’ he was able to get a slot in the shows such as ‘Late Show with David Letterman,’ ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien,’ ‘Lopez Tonight,’ ‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ and ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.’
  14. He won his ‘EmmyAward’ for ‘Best Writing in a ‘Variety of Comedy Series’ in 1999 for his work in ‘The Chris Rock Show.’
  15. In 1998, he wrote and directed his first feature ‘Tomorrow Night,’ which premiered at ‘Sundance Film Festival.’
  16. In 2001, he wrote and directed a musical comedy film ‘Pootie Tang.’ The Paramount wanted him to rewrite the script because of explicit violence, Sex and swearing. He was removed from the editing room before re-editing.
  17. In June 2006, he created a situation comedy ‘Lucky Louie’ in which he wrote and starred. It was premiered on HBO for a season. The first HBO sitcom to be taped before a live audience.
  18. He was a frequent guest on several radio shows, ‘The Opie & Anthony’ and ‘Raw Dog Comedy.’ During one such show he interviewed Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld and asked whether he is the reptilian, who eats Mexican babies.
  19. In 2008, he appeared in three films ‘Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins,’ Diminished Capacity’ and ‘Role Models.’
  20. On June 29, 2010, his new series ‘Louie’ in which he stars, writes, directs and edits was premiered. He was nominated five times for ‘Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy Series.’
  21. Szekely married Alix Bailey, an artist and painter in 1995 and have two daughters. They split-up with joined custody of their children.
  22. His daughters, Kitty Szekely and Mary Louise Szekely, aren’t bothered that he spends so much time poking fun at them in his act. He told the ‘New York Magazine, they are my kids and we share same sense of humor.
  23. His HBO series ‘Lucky Louie,’ in which he constantly quarrels with his wife and in FX series ‘Louie,’ he divorced his wife and shares the custody of his two daughters, which pretty much, describes his life before and after.
  24. The shooting for the series ‘Louie’ was held only for three days a week, to discomfort of the crew. The rest of the week he takes custody of his children and does the editing work.
  25. In a run-up to U.S presidential election, he compared Republican Party candidate, Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and calling him insane.
  26. He hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ on April 08, 2017, for the fourth time. He was nominated for ‘Emmy Award’ as ‘Oustanding Guest Actor’ in a comedy series in 2014 and 2015 shows.
  27. On December 10, 2011, he released his fourth full-length comedy special ‘Live at the Beacon Theater.’ This special was sold directly from Louis C.K’s web site for US $ 5.00, without copy production. The special grossed US $ 1.1 million. The production cost was $ 250,000 and he donated $ 280,000 for the charity.
  28. On January 30, 2016, Szekely released ‘Peabody Award’ winning American web series ‘Horace and Pete’ created, written and directed by him. The series was conceived on Monday and released on Saturday that week, without any prior announcement.
  29. On September 08, 2016, the comedy-drama television series ‘Better Things’ was premiered on ‘FX.’ The series was co-written with Pamela Adlon and directed by him.
  30. He acknowledged that his comedies are influenced by Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby.
  31. Louis C.K. Net Worth: Székely, popularly known as Louis CK, is one of the few wealthy guys, who made it themselves with very little help from others in the media industry. His net worth is estimated to be around $25 million.

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