Just in time for the season 5 premiere of Louie tomorrow night, The Hollywood Reporter has a lengthy piece out today in which C.K. reflects on struggling as a young unknown standup, the “crushing loneliness” of living in New York City, getting passed over by SNL, his hopes to make a movie next year, and tons more. Here’s an excerpt:
There’s an easy thing of saying, “Yeah, it’s all bullshit out there [in Hollywood],” but if you can’t smell the bullshit here in New York, you must have your nose packed with it. Hollywood is full of opportunity, and I’ve gotten shot after shot after shot out there. I’ve gone there with the dumbest ideas and found somebody willing to pay me tons of money — more than my whole family lineage had on both sides combined — just to jack off and try to be funny. The difference between there and here is that the whole city of L.A. is given to this industry. It’s a community of artists, but there’s also an old-fashioned, almost plantation-y feeling to California. There’s a whole, huge [class] of people — the El Salvadorans, the Guatemalans — who make the city run, and they’re invisible to people. So when you go to L.A. and your liberal friend is rude to the valet guy or the busboy, it can be a little shocking. In New York, everyone is so mixed together that there’s less of a feeling of class here. Outside some fancy office building, you see a CEO getting his cigarette lit by a cleaning lady. Everybody is dealing with the same shit, everybody is on the subway elbow-to-elbow.
Read the rest over at THR.