Louis C.K. Is Donating Part of $1 Million Paycheck From Web Comedy Special to Charity
Louis. C.K. says he's made more than $1 million from his online comedy special. But instead of keeping the money all to himself, he'll give some away.
In his appearance on Wednesday's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Louis C.K. provided a breakdown of how he intends to spend the first mill: he's setting aside $250,000 to pay for the profitable special, the same amount toward holiday bonuses for his staff and then directing $280,000 to five charities of his choosing. They are, in no particular order: charity: water, which provides safe drinking water; Green Chimneys, which helps underprivileged kids; Kiva, which loans money to impoverished people around the world; Fistula Foundation for women who have childbirth injuries; and the Pablove Foundation for pediatric cancer research. Louis C.K. will keep the $220,000 left over.
"That's a lot of money! I've never had $1 million all at once," said the comedian, added that he "felt uncomfortable" about it.
The special, Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater, became available Dec. 10 for $5, resulting in sales of more than 50,000 in the first 12 hours. The $5 bought fans two downloads and two streams of the stand-up special filmed during the New York Comedy Festival last month.
"(It was) a $5 impulse 220,000 people had," he said.
Watch Louis C.K's Jimmy Fallon appearance below: