Real Name: Louis Szekely
Louis Székely (born September 12, 1967), known professionally as Louis C.K., is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and editor. He is the creator, star, writer, director, executive producer, and primary editor of the acclaimed FX comedy-drama series Louie. He is considered one of the greatest stand up comedians of all time. C.K. is known for his use of observational, self-deprecating, dark and vulgar humor in his stand-up career.
Born in Washington, D.C., at age one C.K. and his family moved to Mexico City, where Spanish became his first language, until he moved back to the U.S and learned English. He began his career writing for several comedy shows in the 1990s and early 2000s for comedians like David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, and Chris Rock. Also in this period, he was directing surreal short films and went on to direct two features—Tomorrow Night and Pootie Tang—before he starred in the short-lived HBO television sitcom Lucky Louie. Four years later, he starred in the first season of Louie, which brought him critical acclaim. He has had supporting acting roles in such feature films as The Invention of Lying (2009), American Hustle, and Blue Jasmine (both 2013).
He released his debut comedy album, Live in Houston, in 2001 directly through his website and became among the first performers to offer direct-to-fan sales of tickets to his stand-up shows, as well as DRM-free video concert downloads, via his website. C.K. has released 9 comedy albums in his career and often directs and edits their comedy specials.
C.K. has won a 2012 Peabody Award and six Emmy awards, as well as numerous awards for The Chris Rock Show and Louie, as well as his stand-up specials Live at the Beacon Theater (2011) and Oh My God (2013). Rolling Stone ranked C.K.'s stand-up special Shameless number three on their "Divine Comedy: 25 Best Stand-Up Specials and Movies of All Time."
C.K.'s stage name is an approximate English pronunciation of his Hungarian surname, Székely (pronounced [ˈseːkɛj]).