Louis C.K. Announces International Tour, Plans to Fight Off Scalpers
"I'm better at comedy right now than I've been for a while."
Louis C.K. has announced plans to tour through the remainder of the year, while attempting to keep ticket prices low and fend off scalpers.
The comedian made the announcement Monday (May 16) for a lengthy string of standup shows starting Tuesday at the Lyric Theatre in Baltimore and running until Sept. 12 at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The trek includes dates overseas with shows in London, Paris, Jerusalem and elsewhere. And for those major cities not on the list, C.K. promised more shows to come, saying the tour will continue at least through December.
"It's new jokes, and I think I'm better at comedy right now than I've been for a while, and I'm going to dedicate the year to just doing great live shows," he said in an email to fans.
C.K. is selling tickets for the tour's U.S. dates directly through his website, with nearly all selling for $50 or less. He has also worked to eliminate ticket fees for the all the shows.
"My agent worked hard to accomplish this by negotiating in every city and finding venues that were willing to help us make the shows affordable," C.K.'s email continued. "In some cases, the venues and I are splitting the ticket charges between us so you don't have to pay it. In the end it's worth it to me because I don't want coming to see me to be a painful choice for anyone, and either way I'm making plenty of money on the tour."
As for those "who plan to take the opportunity of the simple and cheap ticketing on this tour" to turn a profit scalping the tickets, C.K. said his team is working hard to prevent any "unfair" reselling, threatening invalidating the tickets. He added that any tickets purchased off Stubhub or other similar services may not be valid. A customer service email has been set up to assist anyone facing issues with their tickets under these guidelines.
Louis C.K. 2016 Tour Dates:
05/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre (early show)
05/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre (late show)
05/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre (early show)
05/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre (late show)
05/19 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre
05/20 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre
05/20 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre (late show)
05/25 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Grand Theatre
05/26 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Grand Theatre
05/31 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
06/01 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
06/02 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre (early show)
06/02 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre (late show)
06/03 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre (late show)
06/08 – Wikes-Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena
06/09 – Reading, PA @ Santander Arena
07/07 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
07/09 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
07/10 – Inglewood, CA @ The Los Angeles Forum
07/12 – Houston, TX @ NRG Arena
07/14 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
07/15 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
07/22 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
08/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
08/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
08/03 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
08/04 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
08/05 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
08/06 – Springfield, MA @ MassMutual Center
08/12 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena
08/15 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
08/16 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
08/18 – Jerusalem, IS @ Jerusalem Payis Arena
08/20 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum Copenhagen
08/21 – Paris, FR @ L'Olympia
08/22 – Prague, CH @ Prague Congress Centre
09/08 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
09/12 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden