by TJ Dawe
If anyone wears the crown for best stand-up comedian in the US, it’s probably Louis CK (real name: Louis Szekely). What if he steered the cultural ship into even more interesting territory by doing stand-up in Spanish.
Stand-up comedy, going back to Vaudeville, has been one of the few avenues in which minorities have a prominent voice.
In 2012 he created a bilingual stand-up show titled You’re Gonna Rire, in which he alternates between English and French, reflecting the daily reality of Montreallers. It was planned as a one-off in a 1300 seat venue, and was extended to 45 performances, selling 53 000 tickets.