Stand-up comedian Louis C.K. is no stranger to TV with his series Louie becoming a huge success on FX (even if it’s not returning until 2014), and he’s also taken shelter at HBO with three previous stand-up specials and the network’s multi-camera comedy series Lucky Louie.
After debuting his Live at the Beacon Theater special exclusively for purchase online (and now available for viewing on Netflix Instant), the comic is returning to cable TV for Louis C.K.:Oh My God, an all-new stand-up comedy special airing in April on HBO.
As you can see in the promo above, the self-aware comic takes aim at all the pomp and circumstance that comes with hyping up events that are very easily explained. From talking about Louis C.K.’s accolades to putting the comedian in a fancy suit and slow motion shots, it really shows you just how much unnecessary hype there is around events like this.
As the comedian so simply points out, it’s just him telling some jokes, and that’s all audiences really want from this guy anyway. We might be looking at another Emmy nomination and win in the making as Live at the Beacon Theater won the award for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special last year.
Personally, my favorite recent HBO appearance featuring Louis C.K. was Talking Funny, which included the comedian talking about the craft of stand-up comedy and creation of jokes with Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Ricky Gervais, all great stand-up comedians with their own style and presence.
Unfortunately, there’s no footage from the new special yet available to give us a teaser, but HBO vaguely tells us it will feature the comedian riffing on the food chain, animals, divorce, strange anecdotes, broken morality, murder and mortality. Obviously, it’s not the topics that make the special entertaining, but Louis C.K.’s delivery and timing.
Louis C.K.: Oh My God premieres on April 13th at 10/9c exclusively on HBO, but will be made available for purchase through the comedian’s website a few months later.