(Louie Season 3 comes back June 28 on 10:30 PM on FX.)
Since his $5 Paypal Beacon Live stint, Louis CK has been getting a reputation for being a bleeding liberal, making the funny affordable for the people, and working against monopolies. He deserves it. This is great work, setting up newer comedy consumption models that make capitalism work in the ways it’s supposed to work.
Louis CK is so popular that apparently whenever he has a cheap show, scalpers buy a shitload of his tickets and then jack up the price.
I just got an e-mail from him:
By selling the tickets exclusively on my site, I’ve cut the
ticket charges way down and absorbed them into the ticket price.
To buy a ticket, you join NOTHING. Just use your credit card and
buy the damn thing. opt in to the email list if you want, and
you’ll only get emails from me.
Also, you’ll see that if you try to sell the ticket anywhere for
anything above the original price, we have the right to cancel
your ticket (and refund your money). this is something I intend
to enforce. There are some other rules you may find annoying but
they are meant to prevent someone who has no intention of seeing
the show from buying the ticket and just flipping it for twice
the price from a thousand miles away.
Some of these rules may be a pain in your ass, but please be
patient. My goal here is that people coming to see my shows are
able to pay a fair price and that they be paying just for a
ticket. Not also paying an exhorbanant fee for the privalege of
buying a ticket.
Tickets across the board, everywhere, are 45 dollars. That’s
what you’ll actually pay. In every case, that will be less than
anyone has actually paid to see me (after ticket charges) in
about two years and in most cases it’s about half of what you
paid last year.
The benifit for me is that I won’t get angry emails from anyone
who paid a ton of money to see me due to circumstances out of my
control. That makes me VERY happy. The 45 dollars also includes
sales tax, which I’m paying for you.
I love this guy. So much. Maybe I’ll actually be able to afford a show one day soon.