Louis C.K.'s arguably the most respected person in comedy, and quite possibly also the funniest. Now you have a new reason to love him: He's taking a stand against the inflated cost of tickets to his shows.
In a letter to his fans yesterday, the star of Louie announced he'll be going back on tour from October 2012 to February 2013. (The tour includes a stop at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.) And he also announced that he'll be selling tickets exclusively on his own website to keep ticket re-sellers and scalpers from profiting on the backs of his fans.
"By selling the tickets exclusively on my site, I've cut the ticket charges way down and absorbed them into the ticket price. To buy a ticket, you join NOTHING. Just use your credit card and buy the damn thing," the comedian promises. "Opt in to the email list if you want, and you'll only get emails from me."
So Louis C.K.'s pulling a Pearl Jam. (Well, a mid-'90s Pearl Jam, not a modern-day Pearl Jam.) But he's going one step further, too, announcing his intention to spoil any scalper's plans to resell tickets to his shows for a profit:
Also, you'll see that if you try to sell the ticket anywhere for anything above the original price, we have the right to cancel your ticket (and refund your money). This is something I intend to enforce. There are some other rules you may find annoying but they are meant to prevent someone who has no intention of seeing the show from buying the ticket and just flipping it for twice the price from a thousand miles away.
Some of these rules may be a pain in your ass, but please be patient. My goal here is that people coming to see my shows are able to pay a fair price and that they be paying just for a ticket. Not also paying an exorbitant fee for the privilege of buying a ticket.
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No word on how that policy can be effectively enforced, but hey, it's something.
Tickets to C.K.'s shows cost $45 all across the country, including the Broward show on November 28.