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Made in NY Award Honoree Louis CK with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Made In NY Award: Louis CK
Louis CK was honored with a 2014 Made In NY Award at the Weylin B. Seymour Building in Williamsburg on Monday, November 10th.
Louis CK is a stand up comedian who made Hollywood executives pause when he took his business of the show to the internet and sold tickets directly to his audience. Louis's business plan amassed a following the powers that be could not ignore, thus setting a new standard for which other artists continually strive to replicate.
With his 2011 online release of Live at the Beacon Theater, CK grossed over $1 million by selling downloads at $5 apiece. In January 2014, CK released Tomorrow Night, a 16mm B&W he shot in 1998 with a few friends you'll recognize. It is also downloadable for only $5 here. He takes risks with providing downloadable files with no digital rights management, but he asks people not to torrent his files.
Heading into his fifth season of Louie, a Peabody Award winning series for FX, CK serves as executive producer, writer, director, and editor. Nominated for 25 Emmy Awards including wins for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for working on Louie and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for his stand up comedy specials. CK has been recognized with numerous comedy awards, a 2012 Grammy, and named "Comedy Person of the Year" at the 2011 Just for Laughs Festival. CK is also nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for his show Oh My God.
Louis CK lives in New York and uses his voice to advocate for art and music in NYC public schools.
This series of Made In NY Award Honoree articles on GreenRoomNewYork.com will continue detailing each recipient's work.
1: Made In NY Awards Honor City's Best
2: Made In NY Award: Steve Buscemi
3: Made In NY Award: Louis CK
4: Made In NY Award: Stanley Nelson
5: Made In NY Award: Jane Raab
For photos of the red carpet and award presentation, please go to the PhotoSeen.