Louis C.K. took on the Air Canada Centre on January 26, a sold out show of 19,800 people, something out of the ordinary for Louis C.K. shines in his scene is more of a smaller, cozier venue. The day before, January 25th, Louis C.K. did a last minute secret show at Massey Hall with a smaller crowd. Louis C.K. stated that he felt bad for the Air Canada Centre crowd because they would not have gotten the full experience of Louis C.K. in his natural environment as the Massey Hall crowd received. Whether Louis felt comfortable or not at the Air Canada Centre, it didn’t show though his performance.
I purchased the tickets without thinking twice about it. I got one for me and my friend expecting her to pay me back regardless if she wanted to go or not. There was no time to think or consult because it was selling out fast and there were only nose bleed seats left. I was hesitant to buy the Louis C.K. tickets because some of his shows are hit and miss. Louis and his wife have been divorced for almost 10 years and he does often tie in the transition of married life to single life, but it has gotten old. Luckily, he didn’t go back to his old ways and had a ton of new content.
Before Louis C.K. came on stage, he had 3 great comedians as his opening act. Joe Machi, Jennifer Feinstein and Joe List. Each of them had 5 brief minutes on stage, which was not enough. When they left the stage, one by one, I felt a wave of disappointment as I craved more. Joe List was my favourite, as he talked about his personal insecurities, and who doesn’t love to laugh at others insecurities especially if it’s closely related to you. Hearing it from someone else’s mouth makes it’s much funnier than your own.
Louis C.K. is known to pushing the limit on controversial topics like religion, abortion and politics but he has such a suave way of expressing his opinions that it is hard to be offended by anything he says. Louis C.K. started off the show saying
“Wow, there is a lot of people here. But not as many people as the amount of people all our moms slept with.”
There was a collective feeling of disgust fallen over the crowd to think of our mothers that way but it was so funny and lighthearted the way he presented it, that as crowd we all laughed and were somehow connected over our mothers’ promiscuous past.
By the end of Louis’ performance, I laughed so hard that I found myself with a rock hard 6 pack. But it didn’t end there. Toronto was lucky enough for an encore where he tried out new content on the crowd. It left my 6 pack into an 8 pack. It was all over the place and didn’t have a smooth transition as his performance but when he pieces it all together on his next tour, it will be a treat.
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