In June, comedian and provocateur Louis C.K. laid down a decree that, perhaps, only a standup of his clout could: He announced that tickets for his new tour would bypass third-party retailers such as Ticketmaster and be available exclusively on his personal website.
Louis C.K.'s do-it-yourself business model requires fans to buy the tickets from his site, Louisck.net, as a strategy, he’s said, to stop fans from shelling out service fees to Ticketmaster, StubHub and other ticketing agencies. That includes the website of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, where the comedian will perform Wednesday while on hiatus from his well-regarded FX series, “Louie.”
“Tickets are 45 dollars, every seat, every city,” he writes on his website. “That includes all taxes and fees. Just cheap tickets to see me do an all new bunch of jokes.”
All this, of course, suggests Louis C.K. is a man who gets what he wants: He’s already delayed the next season of the Emmy-winning “Louie,” which he produces, stars in, directs and edits, until 2014, perhaps to recharge his batteries. He is also selling his lauded comedy special “Live at the Beacon Theater,” and recording another HBO standup special to premiere next year. Both will be offered exclusively through his website.
Louis C.K. will perform at 7 and 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Broward Center’s Au-Rene Theatre, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $45 at LouisCK.net.