Louis C.K. is an American stand-up comedian, Emmy-winning television and film writer, actor, producer and director best known for creating and starring in the comedy series Lucky Louie and Louie.
Louis' stand-up concert film, Louis C.K.: Hilarious, premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in January 2010 as the first stand-up concert film presented at Sundance. Hilarious was Louis' third film to screen at Sundance following his 1998 feature, Tomorrow Night, and his 1994 short, Ice Cream.
Louis starred in the film The Invention of Lying, alongside Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner and was seen in a recurring role on the NBC series Parks & Recreation, playing Pawnee police officer Dave Sanderson, a love interest of Amy Poehler's Leslie Kanope.
In July 2010, Louis was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special for his second one-hour special, Louis C.K.: Chewed Up, nominated along with Will Ferrell, Chris Rock and Ricky Gervais.
Chewed Up is available on CD & DVD and Louis' first hour-long special, Louis C.K.: Shameless is available on DVD. Louis has starred in two HBO One Night Stand stand-up specials, a Comedy Central Presents special and HBO's 25th Anniversary Young Comedians special.
Louis created and starred in HBO's first traditional sitcom, Lucky Louie, about the struggles of first time parenthood.
As a filmmaker, Louis is best known for his cult classic Blaxploitation spoof, Pootie Tang, which he wrote and directed. Louis' first feature film, Tomorrow Night, an independent film that he produced, wrote, and directed, premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 1998.
Louis' most successful short film, Ice Cream, screened at Sundance and as part of the New Directors, New Films series at MOMA in 1994. Ice Cream went on to be sold in several foreign television markets.
In 2008, Louis was seen in Diminished Capacity with Matthew Broderick, Virginia Madsen and Alan Alda and Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins with Martin Lawrence, Mike Epps and Cedric the Entertainer.