How much is Louis C.K. worth?

Net Worth:$35 Million
Profession:Professional Comedian
Date of Birth:September 12, 1967
Country:United States of America
1.83 m

Who Is Louis C.K.

A 20+ year veteran of the stand-up comedy scene, Louis C.K. is also an accomplished filmmaker and award-winning writer, as well as comedic genius. He has mastered the use of black comedy and has a style greatly influenced by the greats, George Carlin and Richard Pryor. He is primarily an observational comic, but directs most of his observations towards his own life — often mining his marriage and his children as sources for his comedy.

  • Louis C.K. was born in Washington, D.C., but raised in Massachusetts.
  • He first performed stand-up in 1984.
  • He worked as a writer on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Dana Carvey Show and The Chris Rock Show.
  • C.K. has directed two feature films and co-written two more.
  • In 2006, he created and starred on the HBO sitcom Lucky Louie, which lasted only one season.
  • He has released two stand-up album and four hour-long stand-up specials.
  • His 2011 album, Hilarious, won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.

Louis C.K. has a net worth of $35 million dollars, as of 2020.

In the Beginning:

Louis Szekely was born in September of 1967 in Washington, D.C. Growing up in Massachusetts, he began using the abbreviated “C.K.” in grade school because he felt his name was too difficult to pronounce.

In 1984, C.K. tried stand-up for the first time at a comedy club open mic in Boston. It went badly, and C.K. stayed away from comedy for the next two years. He returned in ’86, and quickly became a staple of the then-hot Boston comedy scene.

New York and Filmmaking:

In 1989, C.K. moved to New York to perform stand-up. He appeared as a comic on several TV series, including Comic Strip Live and MTV Half Hour Comedy Hour and Evening at the Improv.

In 1990, he made his first short film, called “Caesar’s Salad.” He took it around the festival circuit and had some success, and has been making short films ever since. He would go on to make eight more short films over the course of his career before getting into features.

TV Writing:

In 1993, C.K. began his successful career as a TV writer. He joined the original staff of the then-new Late Night With Conan O’Brien, where he worked for two years and created still-famous bits like “Staring Contest.”

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In 1995, he performed on Late Night with David Letterman and was such a hit that he joined the writing staff. He only worked there for a few months before he was made head writer and producer of the short-lived ABC sketch show The Dana Carvey Show, alongside comics like Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.

In 1996, C.K. starred in his first HBO Comedy Half Hour special. The same year, he became a writer and producer on comedian Chris Rock‘s talk show The Chris Rock Show, forging a long working relationship between the two. He received four Emmy nominations and one Emmy win for his work on the show.

In 1997, C.K. wrote and directed his first feature film, an independent work called Tomorrow Night, co-starring fellow comedians like Nick Di Paolo, Wanda Sykes, Amy Poehler, Todd Barry and Steve Carell.

More Feature Film Work:

In 2000, C.K. made his second feature, Pootie Tang, co-written by Rock. The movie was a critical bomb, but has gone on to become something of a cult favorite. C.K. hasn’t directed another feature since.

He did re-team with Rock on two more film projects, co-writing the Rock vehicles Down to Earth (2001) and I Think I Love My Wife (2007), the latter of which Rock also directed.

Stand-up Success for Louis C.K.:

Throughout all of his TV work, C.K. continued to write and perform stand-up comedy. In 2001, he released his first stand-up album, Louis C.K. Live in Houston.

In 2006, he created and starred in Lucky Louie, a traditional (but R-rated) sitcom for HBO. It garnered good reviews, but was canceled after just one season.

In 2006, he taped his first HBO comedy special, Shameless. His second special, Chewed Up, aired on Showtime in 2008.

In 2009, C.K. starred in the films Diminished Capacity and The Invention of Lying, written and directed by Ricky Gervais. He also played the hilarious part of Stoddard Thorsen in American Hustle alongside Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale.

Additional Louis C.K. Facts:

  • In 2010, C.K.’s stand-up concert film Hilarious became the first comedy concert film ever to play at the Sundance film festival. It received a brief (one night) theatrical run before debuting on Comedy Central in January 2011, days before its release on CD and DVD.
  • In 2012, Hilarious won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album.
  • He won two Emmys in 2012; one for writing on his sitcom, Louie, and one for writing his self-distributed stand-up special Live at the Beacon Theater/
  • While writing for Late Night with Conan O’Brien, C.K. became the first stand-up comedian ever to perform on the show in 1993. It was also C.K. network debut as a comic.
  • He was ranked #98 on Comedy Central’s list of the “100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.”
  • He is a frequent collaborator on Robert Smigel’s “TV Funhouse” shorts on Saturday Night Live.

Louis CK: Hilarious – Comedy Album Review

Though on the surface it’s just another Louis C.K. record (reason enough to celebrate, as I’ve argued again and again that he’s the single best stand-up comedian currently working), Hilarious is actually more ambitious than that. Originally recorded as a stand-up concert film and intended for theatrical distribution (making it the first since Martin Lawrence‘s Runteldat in the early 2000s), the film made its debut at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in early 2010 before receiving a very, very brief theatrical run (in most cases, a single night) later that year. It made its television debut on the Epix cable channel before debuting on Comedy Central in January 2011, just days before being released as both an album and on DVD in its original concert-film format. The album’s history is fitting, too, as it’s at once a throwback to the classic stand-up of George Carlin and Richard Pryor while at the same time pushing the art form forward thanks to C.K.’s tireless work effort and embrace of transgressive material. He’s the best of both of worlds, and so is Hilarious.

Unlike his past albums — exercises in self-loathing in which the majority of his invective has been directed inward at himself — C.K. finally turns his scathing disdain outward at the world around him. Hilarious finds the comic as grouchy and profane a social critic as George Carlin. The basic thesis of the album is that “we are the worst,” and routine after routine, C.K. angrily articulates just how spoiled and lazy we’ve become as a society. Where he stands apart from the socially critical comics who have gone before is that C.K. doesn’t always stand outside of it; he’s more than willing to admit that he’s just as bad as the people he’s complaining about. There’s nothing superior about his commentary, because Louis C.K. is always harder on himself than on anything else.

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The personal material found on Hilarious is just as good as his social commentary (and as funny as the stuff found on his previous two albums, Shameless and Chewed Up), and the back-and-forth mixture is effortless and never jarring. When he gets to an extended routine on his daughters near the end of the album, his entire worldview has come into focus thanks to everything that’s preceded it. It’s so rare to find a comic with a point of view these days that coming across one as sharply defined as Louis C.K.’s is a kind of miracle. Hilarious finds the best comic of today at the top of his game, and truly earns its title. It’s at least as funny as running into Lisa.

Louis CK: Chewed Up – Review

He may lack the massive mainstream popularity of comedians like Dane Cook and Jeff Dunham, but I consider Louis C.K. to be one of the three funniest stand-up comics currently working (the other two, in case you’re wondering, are Chris Rock and Patton Oswalt). Though he’s been doing stand-up since the 1980s, C.K. has only in recent years begun to raise his profile thanks to the short-lived HBO sitcom Lucky Louie and his 2006 comedy special, Shameless. That special remains one of the funniest hours of comedy of the decade, so it pleases me to say that C.K.’s 2008 special Chewed Up is just as good.

Humor in His Own Misery

Recorded in Boston in March of 2008, Chewed Up finds C.K. at his miserable best. He’s a grouch at the level of late-era George Carlin, only with one major distinction: Carlin directed all of his anger outward at the world, finding fault with society. He was the distant observer. Louis C.K., on the other hand, turns his misery in on himself. His comedy, unlike Carlin’s, is entirely personal and confessional. It is brutal and honest in a way that most comics could never dream of.

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Chewed Up features some of C.K.’s most self-deprecating confessional humor. From gorging on Cinnabon at the airport (at the arrival terminal in his hometown, no less) to sexual experiences with the family dog, there is no subject too embarrassing or off-limits for C.K. to find humor in. A bit on offensive words seems designed just to shock, but demonstrates just how gifted C.K. is as a comic when he’s able to make the whole thing pay off by stringing all of the words together in a way that actually feels organic. And though lots of comics have done material on being married and having kids, there isn’t a single one (with perhaps the exception of Bill Cosby) that does in a funnier or more honest way than Louis C.K.


The DVD of Chewed Up features a bonus interview with the comedian, where he answers submitted questions alone on a web cam. It’s a really good piece, with C.K. giving insightful and thoughtful responses about everything from his approach to comedy to the choices he makes in editing his specials (he intentionally chooses not to show the audience). He also says that he hopes to record a special every year for as long as he can. Let’s all hope that plan comes to pass.

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