Louis C.K. Is the Man—Even When Announcing Canceled Shows
Unfortunately, New Yorkers looking to go to his show tonight were hit with a couple of problems. 1. A hurricane is coming, and 2. All public transportation is closing at 7 p.m. So, Louie had to make a decision about whether to keep the show going or not. He decided to reschedule. And he did so with this great open letter on his website:
Dear New York ticket holding folks….
Okay. I thought about this very carefully and I really started to worry about making 4300 people come into midtown manhattan on Sunday night, which is just when the stormatron 5000 is supposed to crush our empire. new york state has ordered the sutdown of all mass transit (subways, buses and commuter trains) as of 7pm Sunday night.
I know that a lot of people are excited to come and they are fine with taking the chance but I really don't want a pole to smash your face in because you saw some comedy.
So i asked the City Center (where the shows are supposed to happen) if we could find another date for Sunday's shows and they gave me March 2nd. The City Center, being really cool, has agreed to let us do the shows on that night and your tickets that you now hold will be honored on that night. the same seat, same everything. If you can't come on that night, we will either do another show soon after that, or find another show for you in the area in the future. Or you still have the option to get a full refund for your ticket. If you already asked for a refund, we can reinstate your ticket if you want to go to one of those shows.
Listen. I know that probably it's going to be a starry clear night and the trains are going to be just gliding up and down the traks and a baby zebra is going to whinny as he trots by the City Center on a night that is going to break records for being placid and perfect for a night of comedy. And I'm going to feel like an asshole. And I know that some people had their plans set and are going to be pissed off at me. I know. but I also know that some of you are struggling with whether to come in or miss the show and this is the closest I can get to a solution. You don't have to take a chance and you don't have to miss the show. Just come see me in a few months.
If it's any consolation, I'm eating a pretty staggering fee for cancelling the show. But I can take it. What I can't take is the thought that there's a CHANCE 4300 people will be in danger trying to get home from my stupid show.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you want to do, and ask any question you have.
So that's that. Cancelled. Rescheduled. Please forgive me. Please be safe.
Your dumb friend
One more thing from his tour: At Thursday's show, a woman screamed “Shut the fuck up!” at another patron during his set. Here's how Louie handled it, via HyperVocal's Cooper Fleishman.
Calmly, patiently, he addressed both parties and learned what had happened. The yelling lady was upset that a woman next to her wouldn’t stop talking. The loud party threatened to “fuck up” the annoyed party. There was a scream.
A cheery C.K. settled the dispute with the patience of a father of two: “So she said she’d fuck you up? No, I’d be upset too. … So are you both okay? Please don’t chat during my show. People come here to see me talk, and you are kind of interfering with that, when you are talking at the same time.”
The crowd started to cheer, but he silenced the rest of us. “You’re not helping,” he scolded, but assured us he’d “add some time to the end of the show.”
Eh. While that was undoubtedly a classy response, we still are partial to this scene from season one of “Louie.”