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Five Dollar Comedy

So, a while back Louis C.K. thought “What if I filmed a comedy special on my own dime, then instead of submitting it to a group of producers who will edit it to shit and get a bunch of money from it, I cut out that middleman and post it online for five bucks, thus making it affordable enough for a wide audience to buy it and thus giving me a bigger share of what is rightfully my own god damn money?”

At least I assume that’s what he thought.

Anyway, the result was Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater. You can go to that site and download it RIGHT NOW for only five bucks. It’s worth it, trust me. What the hell else are you going to spend that five dollars on? A sandwich? FUCK THE SANDWICH, SUSTAIN YOURSELF ON LAUGHTER.

By the way, did you know that Louis has made over a million dollars on that special? Check it out:

 hi. So it’s been about 12 days since the thing started and yesterday we hit the crazy number. One million dollars. That’s a lot of money. Really too much money. I’ve never had a million dollars all of a sudden. and since we’re all sharing this experience and since it’s really your money, I wanted to let you know what I’m doing with it. People are paying attention to what’s going on with this thing. So I guess I want to set an example of what you can do if you all of a sudden have a million dollars that people just gave to you directly because you told jokes.

So I’m breaking the million into four pieces.

the first 250k is going to pay back what the special cost to produce and the website to build.

The second 250k is going back to my staff and the people who work for me on the special and on my show. I’m giving them a big fat bonus.

The third 280k is going to a few different charities. They are listed below in case you’d like to donate to them also. Some of these i learned about through friends, some were reccomended through twitter.

The Fistula Foundation
The Pablove Foundation
charity: water
Kiva
Green Chimneys

That leaves me with 220k for myself. Some of that will pay my rent and will care for my childen. The rest I will do terrible, horrible things with and none of that is any of your business. In any case, to me, 220k is enough out of a million.

I never viewed money as being “my money” I always saw it as “The money” It’s a resource. if it pools up around me then it needs to be flushed back out into the system.

The thing is still on sale. I hope folks keep buying it. If I make another million, I’ll give more of it away. I’ll let you know when that happens because I like you getting to know what happened to your 5 dollars and bringing awareness to the bla bla bla.

Okay I really gotta go now. Thank you again. I will now stop bugging you. I really hate being in the news this much so I’m gonna just disappear for a while.

Happy hollidays.
Louis C.K.

Good guy, right? If you read that and would still rather spend that five bucks on a sandwich, then you are a horrible human being. Or maybe you’re just really hungry, I don’t know.

Anyway, now other comedians are looking at that business model and going “OH! That makes so much more sense then doing it the other, less profitable, less fun way!” and now they’re doing it too. 

Aziz Ansari  Dangerously Delicious

Jim Gaffigan – Mr. Universe

Also only five bucks a piece. So you spend fifteen dollars and get roughly three hours of great comedy, plus your money goes toward ensuring that not only will THESE comedians keep working in this business model, but other comedians will take notice and do the same. Everyone wins with this, guys. We get hour-long chunks of solid comedy at a reasonable price, the comedians get to have complete creative control over their own comedy for a change, plus they make a tidy profit, which allows them to KEEP making comedy for a long, long time. 

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