One of my favorite gags is Louis CK on how much he hates Kansas City. He’s used that gag over and over again. Ripped Kansas City on The Tonight Show (“Kansas City is the armpit of the world”). Ripped Kansas City on the show “Louis” a few times. The feeling in Kansas City seems to be that it comes from early in Louis’ career when Kansas City audiences just didn’t quite take to him. But I think it has just become a gag.
I know some Kansas City people who are offended by all this, but as someone who loves Kansas City, I think it’s great. The way I see it: You WANT to be the town that your favorite comedian uses for jokes. There’s a connection there. It’s like: You WANT to be the player that fans boo at the All-Star Game. You don’t want to be the player at the All-Star Game who gets introduced, and the crowd is completely silent, like: “Uh, who cares?”
Maybe that’s just the Cleveland in me.
Anyway, Louis CK sent out an email on Tuesday to announce several new stops on his tour, and while Kansas City is not on the new list (Louis played KC this summer), he still found a way to stick some Kansas City ripping in there:
“If you don’t see your town on the list, it is likely that I’m coming to you later in the year. It’s NOT because I hate your town. Indeed I go to towns that I hate to work all the time. For instance, I played in Kansas City this summer. And I had a great time there. And boy do I hate Kansas City. I hate Kansas City so much, that I had to go to a doctor to “have that looked at.” Luckily, the doctor assured me that I am very healthy and that, indeed, Kansas City is an astonishing dump. “
Well, hey, I think it’s funny. Sure, it’s way funnier if he had used St. Louis. But that probably would ring too true.*
*All angry St. Louis emails should be sent to Louis CK at WhateverHisEmailIs dot EDU. I mean, he said it.