Bright lights and disco balls: undistracted, Louis C.K. brings the punch to Kongresové centrum
By BOHEMIST STAFF
PRAGUE – Usually, when one works up the energy to go catch live comedy, it’s to escape the harsh realities of the world we live in. It’s a tough gig being constantly confronted with how divided the civilized world is and the bad-news-only-media has no qualm in peddling everything and anything morbid, from race to terrorism and abortion. Maybe, just maybe, for one hour we could go and listen to some fool talk about their horrible date, and just maybe, we’ll laugh. After all, it is this kind of escapism we all crave isn’t it?
Well, American comedian Louis C.K. is not exactly known for his cheery-go-round gags, and didn’t hold back just because he was in the far-away land of Prague.
To the sold-out audience of the Kongresové centrum, the performer told the crowd, if in this world of doom and gloom the prospect of living out your day-to-day problems is just too depressing, why not try just killing yourself.
“Running away will not solve your problems,” he told a the captive audience. “But killing yourself will.”
“It could even solve the world’s problems … for you!”
From there, he moved on to an array of topics, including being a frumpy middle-aged man, and what it is like to be a parent. These two particular topics are the life-blood of his material, not only in stand-up, but in his smash-hit FX network TV Show “Louie”. His sharp and universally insightful commentary on himself and his failings makes him affable as an ordinary, yet poignant and understandably angry fellow.
“I promised myself I wouldn’t curse in front of my children, but that was a lie. Sometimes it just comes out of you. One time I was making my kid pancakes and caught myself saying ‘here are your fucking pancakes,'” he said as the room broke out in laughter.
The performance, which went on for about an hour and a half was markedly well-received by the 2,700 or so people in attendance as the comedian even had a few things to say about Prague.
“My grandfather was a Hungarian, one-legged, fiddle-playing Jewish doctor in Prague. He must have had lots of pussy. Some of you are probably my cousins,” he said.
Where he seemed to show an appreciation for Czech culture and Prague itself, he certainly didn’t have any nice things to say about the venue itself.
“This is one of the weirdest rooms I’ve ever been in,” he said turning to a strange light display on the curtain. Kongresové centrum is a Soviet-style auditorium with jarringly high seating angles and an odd arrangement of party lights. “What is that a disco-ball or something? Like, a weird government disco-ball?”
If the center was a person, maybe he’d want it to go kill itself.
Louis C.K. will be performing again in Prague tonight at the Rudolfinum at 8:00pm. For more information, head to the website of the event’s organizers at www.fource.cz.