Louis C.K. announces 22-city world tour, and he promises to fuck over scalpers

"It’s new jokes and I think I’m better at comedy right now"

Louis CK

    Last week, Louis C.K. announced a six-city, 12-show standup comedy tour set to kick off May 17th (that’s tomorrow!) in Baltimore. Turns out the jaunt is just a warm-up for something much bigger.

    In July, Louis will embark on a 22-city world tour that includes shows in both the US and Europe. Taking place at major venues such as the Los Angeles Forum, New York’s Madison Square Garden, and London’s Wembley Arena, the tour will feature all new material, as Louis revealed in a letter posted to his website.

    “It’s all new material (well, I’ve been working on it for about a year, so if you saw me at a club or something since last May or so, you might be seeing some of the same material, though it has changed drastically over the months) but if you’ve seen me on tour, in a major venue, you won’t have seen these particular words.

    “That’s right. I am not using any words that I have ever said on stage. It was a very difficult challenge. I had to resort to words like ‘cotton’ and ‘trunk’ and even ‘Salutation’.

    Anyway. It’s new jokes and I think I’m better at comedy right now than I’ve been for a while and I’m going to dedicate the year to just doing great live shows. I’m very ready and excited to come to your town and tell this humor with my mouth.

    The tour’s docket, as you can see below, is already pretty long, but Louis says even more shows are still to be announced. All in all, the tour will continue through “(at least) December.”


    As for tickets, they are being sold through his website, and a majority of them are one price. Because as Louis explains, fuck scalpers.

    “Most tickets are $50 or less. There are no ticket fees for any shows. My agent worked hard to accomplish this by negotiating in every city and finding venues that were willing to help us make the shows affordable. In some cases, the venues and I are splitting the ticket charges between us so you don’t have to pay it. In the end it’s worth it to me because I don’t want coming to see me to be a painful choice for anyone and either way I’m making plenty of money on the tour. I sincerely hope that everyone takes advantage of this by simply buying the affordable tickets and coming to the shows. For those of you who plan to take the opportunity of the simple and cheap ticketing on this tour to make a profit at the expense of my fans, please note that we are working hard to prevent scalping and that if you resell your tickets at an unfair price, you are risking having your tickets invalidated. Also if you purchase tickets to my shows from Stubhub or other scalping sites, that ticket may not be valid.

    “If you buy tickets to one of my shows and you can’t go, or you somehow get stuck with them, please contact us at and we will try to help you get your money back. If you buy tickets from a reseller and they get cancelled, please contact us here because we probably now have that ticket and are going to throw it back on sale at the original price and you could get it that way. In any case, you can always reach out and we will try to help you.

    “That’s in America. In Europe and Israel I don’t honestly know what we are charging because the ticketing systems there are very different. It’s taken us a few years to build the relationships we have with the venues and ticket companies here in the states so we could pull this off. Over there we are trusting their system to take care of you.”

    Proceeds from the Greensboro, North Carolina show go to Equality NC.

    Louis CK 2016 Tour Dates:
    05/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre (early show)
    05/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre (late show)
    05/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre (early show)
    05/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre (late show)
    05/19 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre
    05/20 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre
    05/20 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre (late show)
    05/25 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Grand Theatre
    05/26 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Grand Theatre
    05/31 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
    06/01 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
    06/02 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre (early show)
    06/02 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre (late show)
    06/03 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre (late show)
    06/08 – Wikes-Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena
    06/09 – Reading, PA @ Santander Arena
    07/07 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
    07/09 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
    07/10 – Inglewood, CA @ The Los Angeles Forum
    07/12 – Houston, TX @ NRG Arena
    07/14 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
    07/15 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
    07/22 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
    08/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
    08/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
    08/03 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
    08/04 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
    08/05 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
    08/06 – Springfield, MA @ MassMutual Center
    08/12 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena
    08/15 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
    08/16 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
    08/18 – Jerusalem, IS @ Jerusalem Payis Arena
    08/20 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum Copenhagen
    08/21 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia
    08/22 – Prague, CH @ Prague Congress Centre
    09/08 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    09/12 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden


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