(Video link here.) Bradford Evans at Sidesplitter collected wildman-wiseman-truthteller-comedian Louis C.K’s best bits of wisdom from shows, interviews, and appearances. (His ‘everything is so amazing, but nobody is happy’ video on Conan is still the bomb.) Here are our favorites:
It seems like the better it gets, the more miserable people become. There’s never a technological advancement where people think, “Wow, we can finally do this!” … And I think a lot of it has to do with advertising. Americans have it constantly drilled into our heads, every fucking day, that we deserve everything to be perfect all the time.
People say ‘my phone sucks.’ No it doesn’t! The shittiest cellphone in the world is a miracle. Your life sucks. Around the phone.”
You have to be really tenacious. You have to keep at it. There are many roads to get there… …Don’t smoke pot. Don’t bitch. Don’t give up. Go on stage ANYWHERE. Try, fail, repeat...The only road to good shows is bad ones. Just go start having a bad time, and if you don’t give up, you will get better.
Out of the people that ever were, almost all of them are dead. There are way more dead people, and you’re all gonna die and then you’re gonna be dead for way longer than you’re alive. Like that’s mostly what you’re ever gonna be. You’re just dead people that didn’t die yet.
Louis C.K. has the perspective of a Buddhist-with-a-sailors-mouth that we deeply appreciate. The Sidesplitter compendium is chock full of nuggets (including an amazing appreciate of the fart) and makes for a great weekend read.
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