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Louis C.K. announces plans to broadcast New York City comedy show online

Louis C.K. announces plans to broadcast New York City comedy show online (photo)

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Like pretty much everyone else on the Internet, we love Louis C.K. His FX series “Louie,” this year’s comedy special “Hilarious,” “Pootie Tang,” hell, even his hysterical appearances on “The Opie & Anthony Show” – the guy can do no wrong. Now, you’ll have a chance to watch the comedian do his thing without any pesky networks, streaming subscription services or even commercials getting in the way.

As reported by the New York Times, last night on “Conan” as part of Conan O’Brien’s return to New York City series of broadcasts, Louis C.K. showed up and made an announcement that had us more excited than even the return of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. On November 10, the comedian will hit the Beacon Theater in Manhattan to record a live show that will be edited and made available on for only $5.

Instead of going through a traditional network, Louis C.K, who certainly has the cache and popularity to pull something like this off, is cutting out the middleman and plying his craft directly to his fans. The comedian asked, “Why should I go through a cable network when I can just give it directly to the people who want to see it? It’s so much easier, and it’s an interesting experiment.”

C.K. went on to explain that though he had worked for HBO in the past (“Lucky Louie” and “The Chris Rock Show”) the network is now only interested in doing specials for people currently working with them. Meanwhile, he described Comedy Central as “a weird place – they show too many commercials and they cut all the cursing out.”

The comedian also jumped on the disparaging-words-for-Netflix bandwagon, saying, “If you want to watch one of my specials on Netflix, they start marketing to you, and you start getting Jeff Dunham ads. You try to read an article about Rwanda and a pop-up comes up for Larry the Cable Guy. ‘Hey, I heard you enjoyed Louie’s special – now we know who you are.'”

Louis C.K.’s concern about his fans being interrupted during “Ghosts of Rwanda” aside, this is a pretty exciting development, as is any that allows consumers to bypass traditional distribution methods in favor of cheaper, more direct alternatives. What do you think about Louis C.K. eschewing traditional networks in favor of his own website? Will you hand over a sawbuck to watch the special?

Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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