Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special
(“Live at the Beacon Theater”)
You won a writing Emmy in 1999 for “The Chris Rock Show.” How does it feel to win an Emmy for your own TV series?
They’re equally strong memories because that was with a group of people. Chris was the best comedian in the world, and he still really is to me. And Chris was along for this amazing ride. And I was in this spot, but I was over there behind 10 other people. Wanda Sykes was on that show. A lot of people were in that group. Anyway, this is great. This is nice. Two [Emmys in one night are] weird and excessive, but I’m happy.
What is it like to work with FX and FX president John Landraf?
They’re great because from my point of view, they just let me do my show. And then they watch it, and then they usually have a couple of great editing suggestions. I feel safe with them.
They’re smart about how they’re running the place. And they just let me do what I do. I don’t think I’ve ever really had a disagreement with them in three years. That’s pretty amazing.
Why has “Louie” worked but your previous TV series haven’t?
Because I’m better than I was before. And hopefully, I’ll be better later too. Hopefully, what I’m doing now will be considered not really that good. Whenever you leave behind failure, that means you’re doing better.
If you think everything you’ve done has been great, you’re probably dumb. So I just keep trying to get better, because it’s fun. It’s fun to keep trying.
This show, I also have a better group of people. And I do it in New York, which I love. I love New York City very much. They’ve been a great host for the show. So I have a lot going for me. I’m older too now. Older people are smarter and funnier.
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