Louis C.K.: $780,000 From Beacon Theater Special Online Sales Going to Staff, Charity
Comedian Louis C.K., known for his crude and raw humor, made a serious announcement that he would be giving away most of the money earned from selling his Beacon Theater special online.
During an interview on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" Wednesday, C.K. announced that he had made $1 million in sales from his online special so far because of "a $5 impulse that 220,000 people had." He admitted it was the first million he had made "all at once."
Perhaps struck with the joy of the holiday season, or just plain struck, C.K. said that he "felt uncomfortable having that much money," so he divied it up: $250,000 went to production costs; $250,000 for his staff's bonuses; and $280,000, the largest chunk, would be donated to five charities.
"I just started dishing it out," he told Fallon.
C.K. said the charities include the Fistula Foundation, which helps abused women; Green Chimneys, which works with children and animals; the Pablove Foundation, which help children with cancer, Charity: Water, which provides clean drinking water to impoverished countries; and Kiva, a microfinance organization that offers small loans to people in need.
The remaining $220,000 would go to fund a "new one," C.K. added, laughing and pointing to his lower region.
The comedian told " Nightline" anchor Bill Weir in a recent interview how he went rouge with the release of his "Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater" show, blowing off HBO and Comedy Central to sell downloads himself on his website for $5 a pop. Not only that, he also wrote, produced, performed and edited his fifth stand-up special on his MacBook Pro by himself .
The special was posted on C.K.'s website, which has no corporate affiliation, on Dec. 10. Visitors can download the special for $5 using a PayPal account.
C.K.'s comedic style has changed dramatically over the years. A decade ago, his act was more absurd, silly humor, but more recently, he goes for raw honesty.
"It just kind of happened because when you start doing comedy you're trying to think of funny things. You're trying to find funny things, and you're trying to be funny," C.K. told Weir. "At some point, you just get older. You grow up and you get tired of doing it and something happens where you just don't care - you just can't keep faking it, you can't keep being fake."
"Some people harden into a glazed version of their fake selves," C.K. continued. "'I've seen them all the time. They're frozen into this one face on stage. And after the show you're like, 'How you doing?' and they're like, 'Yeah! I'm OK!' And they're living with some awful thing in their life. I said to myself at some point I'm either going to stop this or I'm going to do the wrong version of this. I was like, 'these jokes suck.' I had gone around many times with 'this guy's funny, maybe he could do a TV show!' 'Ahh, maybe not.' I'd gone that circle so many times, and I realized I don't want to do this. Let's really trash this career in a fabulous way."