Louis C.K. is keeping busy in the time he’s taking off from his FX comedy “Louie.” The Emmy-winning writer/actor/director/editor/producer/comedian and all around good guy is already headlining a benefit to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy, and now it’s been announced that he’s going to be turning his current stand-up tour into an HBO special.
HBO revealed the partnership earlier today. The one-hour special will be taped during a stop on C.K.’s current cross-country tour and will air on HBO in 2013. That should help alleviate the loss we’ll all feel when “Louie” doesn’t return until 2014.
The special, like “Louie,” will be directed by C.K. and will be executive produced by him, Dave Becky and Blair Breard. The last time C.K. released a comedy special, “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre,” he did it on his own dime and did all the behind-the-scenes work himself. He debuted it for $5 on his website, and ended up making over $1 million.
“I’m delighted to welcome the gifted Louis C.K. back to HBO,” Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, said in a statement. “This comic genius remains one of the freshest voices on the scene, and HBO is proud to provide an uncensored forum for his provocative humor.”
This isn’t C.K.’s first time working with HBO. He’s released two comedy specials through the network in the past — 2005’s “One Night Stand: Louis C.K.” and 2007’s “Louis C.K.: Shameless” — and also created the one-season sitcom “Lucky Louie” for the network.