Louis CK performs at the New York City Center. (Photo by Alexis Coronato)

by Alexis Coronato

If you saw Louis Szekely on the street, you would probably pass by this middle-aged, balding, chubby man without a second glance. However, if you are lucky enough to see him on stage, you won’t forget him. On October 23rd, I laughed for the entire hour-and-a-half that he was performing at the New York City Center.

Szekely goes by the stage name Louis C.K., and he is an Emmy and Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian. He is the star of the FX comedy series Louie, which he also writes and directs. Some people view his jokes as controversial, but I take them lightly in good fun. He said, “I find that when people laugh really hard, it’s usually because they’re connecting and identifying in a way that they hadn’t considered.”

C.K.’s jokes range from the simple observations about life to the timeless jokes that have brought him to success. Some of the topics of his stand-up in New York included the pros of divorce, raising daughters as a single dad, male-female interactions, and social etiquette, as he relayed the story of helping up an old woman who fell in the airport.

Louis C.K. is touring all over the country, from New York to California. His tour is comprised of 48 shows, taking place between October 2012 and February 2013. He won a Webby Award for ‘Person of the Year’ because he sold all of his own tickets for the flat rate of $45 per ticket. Although is making less money, he stated, “I still make a whole lot more than my grandfather who taught math and raised chickens in Michigan.”

Without a doubt, his show was one of a kind. If you are ever in New York City and have the opportunity to see one of his shows, don’t pass up the hilarious chance to do so.