CK at Sundance: "As long as it feels like a real thought that I can believe in and defend, I go ahead and say it"

Some cool clips of CK doing Q&A at Sundance 2010 (where his new standup movie debuted).

Above is his intro to the movie and some questions afterwards. Good quote from about 3min in:

I don't get scared to say anything anymore. As long as it feels real to me. As long as it feels like a real thought that I can believe in and defend, I go ahead and say it. It doesn't occur to me anymore that it's not a good idea as long as I really do think it.

In this part (at 2:30 in or so), someone asks Louis if he's ever offended by his own jokes. A: Yeah, by jokes that are too easy.

There are bits that I have done that have killed that I stopped doing because I don't like them. They don't feel real. I just used "joke technology"...I hate how easily they work and how predictable they are. So I stopped doing them.

I like that phrase "joke technology." How I interpret it: The way you can get a laugh from a certain structure or misdirection, but it feels hollow because there's no real feeling there.

In this last clip, he ends by doing a bit in progress that wonders if maybe we shouldn't get so mad at kid fuckers. Great. [Thx NC]


soce said...

Is he talking about avoiding obvious setups and punchlines? I would be perfectly happy if I never heard anyone making jokes about facebook, twitter, homeless people or as-seen-on-tv products such as the snuggie (remember that?), as well as many other subject matters.

Matt Ruby said...

Soce, this post may answer your question: There is no hack subject, only hack approaches

Abbi Crutchfield said...

I am still angry that there are Snuggies for dogs, and I will talk about it until I get a dog and own one.

Aalap said...

great post. You are the best source of "inside" standup content. And good job picking out the pertinent messages (even though i usually check out the source material myself). I would say, without exaggeration, that what you offer on your site is much closer to a comedy education than any "standup class" that's being offered at comedy clubs.

Matt Ruby said...

Thanks Aalap.

Matteson said...

And now we know who is teacher's pet in this class.

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