ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to pinpoint exactly when Louis C.K. became big in this country. My first time seeing him live was in Montreal at the 2007 edition of Just For Laughs, and I remember being startled by the audienceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s (very vocal) devotion to the man during his set. I spoke to a few people at the show in Toronto who were also pleasantly stunned by the demand for tickets and the excitement among the crowd as showtime approached. Louis CK fans up here donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t realize how many of us there really are.
In Canada, Louis doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the amount of exposure he does in the US. His HBO sitcom Lucky Louie aired here on a cable movie network that nobody has. He rarely performs up here. Short of his appearances on late-night talk shows, and being mentioned in lists of reasons why Dane Cook sucks, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only one reasonable explanation for his ability to sell 1200 tickets to us so easily:
HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s damn good, and word travels. Simple as that.