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‘Kansas City is an astonishing dump,’ says comedian Louis C.K. — again

Comedian Louis C.K. took another swipe at Kansas City this week in announcing his latest tour dates.
Comedian Louis C.K. took another swipe at Kansas City this week in announcing his latest tour dates. The Associated Press

Louis C.K. can’t get us out of his head.

In announcing his new tour dates, the comedian took another swipe at Kansas City (even though he said he had a great time here this summer).

“If you don’t see your town on the list, it is likely that I’m coming to you later in the year. It’s NOT because I hate your town,” he wrote about the tour schedule in an email newsletter to fans. “Indeed I go to towns that I hate to work all the time. For instance, I played in Kansas City this summer. And I had a great time there. And boy do I hate Kansas City. I hate Kansas City so much, that I had to go to a doctor to ‘have that looked at.’ Luckily, the doctor assured me that I am very healthy and that, indeed, Kansas City is an astonishing dump.”

While some will be outraged, longtime fans get the joke.

Years ago, Louis talked about smoking weed in Kansas City on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” saying, “It’s a terrible place. I’m not offending anybody because if you’re in Kansas City watching you’re going, ‘Oh, yeah, look at this. It’s awful.’ 

But earlier this year, he wrote in an email to fans: “The reason I enjoy saying that I hate Kansas City is because I don’t hate it. I mean. I don’t LOVE it. It’s a nice place. It’s fine. Which is why it cracks me up to say that I hate it. I think it’s only fair that I get to laugh sometimes too.”

If you’re interested in traveling to another city to see Louis C.K. perform stand-up, buy tickets here. More shows will be announced at a later date.

The full text of his email follows:

Hello, my dear friend. My dear, dear friend. This is Louis CK. I’m writing to you because I am continuing my live standup tour and today I am adding many cities and dates. So I thought you should know about them in case you want to come and see me live. Included with this delightful email is a list of where I am playing and when. Those cities include:

Chicago, IL

Madison, WI

Newark, NJ

Albany, NY

New York, NY

Pittsburgh, PA

Philadelphia, PA

Charleston, SC

Austin, TX

Dallas, TX

Miami, FL

Washington, DC

Los Angeles, CA

Vancouver, BC

Seattle, WA

Denver, CO

Portland, OR

If you want to come see me, please go to LouisCK.net to buy tickets to these shows, full of brand new jokes (Since my last special).

My website is always the best place to go for tickets. As always, I’m keeping the price of my tickets down to an average of 50 dollars, including all charges. I know that’s not nothing. But it’s less than more than that.

The tour dates being announced today cover until mid January. But I will be touring heavily far beyond that. So if you don’t see your town on the list, it is likely that I’m coming to you later in the year. It’s NOT because I hate your town. Indeed I go to towns that I hate to work all the time. For instance, I played in Kansas City this summer. And I had a great time there. And boy do I hate Kansas City. I hate Kansas City so much, that I had to go to a doctor to “have that looked at.” Luckily, the doctor assured me that I am very healthy and that, indeed, Kansas City is an astonishing dump.

This tour has been great so far. I’m really enjoying it. So I’m going to keep it going for a long time. How long? I don’t know.

So that is what is up with that. You can buy tickets here: louisck.net/tour-dates

Also I would like to urge you to watch Pamela Adlon’s new series, Better Things, on FX, every Thursday at 10pm. Pamela is amazing and the show is truly great and funny. Also I wrote some of the episodes.

Otherwise nothing much is going on. I’m enjoying being as good a standup comedian as I can be right now and raising my children to the best of my ability, which makes me feel a little bit sorry for my children. But YOU can rest assured that I’m a far better comedian than I am a father. For two simple reasons. You pay me more than my children do. The other reason is that if you apply experience, dedication, time, creativity, carelessness and care, study, patience and just tough hard work, to standup, you get better at it. If you apply all of that to parenting, you get worse.

Louis

David Frese: 816-234-4463; @DavidFrese

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