• Louis C.K. selling tickets for his tour exclusively through his website

    Louis C.K. and the DIY Train keeps on chugging along. In a message to his fans circulated minutes ago, the well-loved comedian announced he’ll be selling tickets to his upcoming national tour through his website, LouisCK.com, the same place he sold his latest stand-up special Live at the Beacon Theater, as well as a handful of newly-released audio projects.

    “By selling the tickets exclusively on my site, I’ve cut the ticket charges way down and absorbed them into the ticket price,” C.K. writes. “To buy a ticket, you join NOTHING. Just use your credit card and buy the damn thing.” C.K. goes on to explain ticket prices will be $45 for any seat in every city and includes the tax, which the comedian says he’s absorbing.

    “Some of these rules may be a pain in your ass, but please be patient,” he says. “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 exhorbanant[sic] fee for the privalege[sic] of buying a ticket.”

    You can read C.K.’s entire message below:

    hello folks! I’m going on tour this year from October through
    Feb. I’ll be all over the goddamn place. This year, I’m trying
    something new, building on the fun, success and fan-benifit of
    selling my content online. We are selling tickets to this tour
    exclusively here on louisck.com. I only wanted to do this if
    there was a way, like with LIVE AT THE BEACON, that it could
    bring the price of tickets down and make them easier and less
    complicated to buy. We figured out a way.

    Making my shows affordable has always been my goal but two things
    have always worked against that. High ticket charges and ticket
    re-sellers marking up the prices. Some ticketing services charge
    more than 40% over the ticket price and, ironically, the lower
    I’ve made my ticket prices, the more scalpers have bought them
    up, so the more fans have paid for a lot of my tickets.

    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. opt in to the email list if you want, and
    you’ll only get emails from me.

    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 exhorbanant fee for the privalege of
    buying a ticket.

    Tickets across the board, everywhere, are 45 dollars. That’s
    what you’ll actually pay. In every case, that will be less than
    anyone has actually paid to see me (after ticket charges) in
    about two years and in most cases it’s about half of what you
    paid last year.

    The benifit for me is that I won’t get angry emails from anyone
    who paid a ton of money to see me due to circumstances out of my
    control. That makes me VERY happy. The 45 dollars also includes
    sales tax, which I’m paying for you. So I’m making more or less
    depending on the state.

    Another benifit to me is also one to you. I get your email
    address (if you opt in) when you opt in. You don’t have to join
    ANYTHING to buy these tickets and if you opt in, youll only hear
    from me once in an old man’s jizz-cycle.

    Obviously none of this means anything if the shows aren’t good.
    So that’s up to me. As I do every year, I’ll be performing a
    brand new hour (or more) on all of these shows.

    Lastly, it was a real challenge to find venues around the country
    that could work with our exclusive ticketing service under these
    perameters. It means I’m playing in very new places. I really
    appreciate all of these theaters that are letting us give this a
    try.

    Setting up this tour has been fascinating and difficult. this
    ticketing service is a brand new thing and I really fucking hope
    it works and that there aren’t any problems. If anything comes
    up, please be patient.

    Doing things this way means I”m making less than I would have
    made if I did a standard tour, using the usual very excellent but
    expensive ticketing service. In some cities I’ve had to play
    smaller venues and do more shows. But I like doing more shows
    and about a year ago I reached a place where I realized I am
    making enough money doing comedy so the next thing that
    interested me is bringing your price down. Either way, I still
    make a whole lot more than my grandfather who taught math and
    raised chickens in Michigan.

    alright, that’s it, folks. I’ll be sending this message out to
    folks on the opt-in list and sending a separate email that lays
    it out much more simply with the proper links. I am doing this
    because when I emailed you about LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL, (which is
    still on sale for 5 dollars!) about half of the people who got
    the email really enjoyed the long, verbose, unedited message.
    The other half HATED it and would have preffered a price, a link,
    and me shutting the fuck up.

    This way, you can read this if you like, or your can just see the
    massive shit-ball of text and throw it in the garbage, and focus
    on the simple email.

    I hope to see you all on the road.

    regards,

    Louis C.K.

    Full tour schedule is below:

    Dylan P. Gadino

    Dylan is the founder and editor emeritus of Laughspin.

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