He also explains why he is charging individual amounts for each episode
Louis CK has issued two updates on his experimental new internet TV series, Horace and Pete, the second episode of which was revealed today (February 6).
Yesterday, in his first update about the show, whose stars include Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, Alan Alda, Jessica Lange, Aidy Bryant and Steven Wright, he explained, “Horace and Pete is a new show that I am producing, directing, writing, distributing and financing on my own.”
“As a TV watcher,” he added, “I’m always delighted when I can see a thing without knowing anything about it because of the promotion. So making this show and just posting it out of the blue gave me the rare opportunity to give you that experience of discovery. Also because we are shooting this show in a multi-camera format with an emphasis on a live feeling, we are able to post it very soon after each episode is shot. So I’m making this show as you’re watching it.”
CK went on to explain the $5 price of the first episode. “Horace and Pete is a full-on TV production,” he wrote, “with four broadcast cameras, two beautiful sets and a state-of-the-art control room and a very talented and skilled crew and a hall-of-fame cast. Every second the cameras are rolling, money is shooting out of my asshole like your mother’s worst diarrhea… I charged five dollars because I need to recoup some of the cost in order for us to stay in production.”
The 67-minute first episode of the show remains set at $5, with a $2 charge for the 51-minute second episode and $3 for the following episodes. “I hope you feel that’s fair,” he wrote. “If you don’t, please tell everyone in the world.”
In his second update, issued today, the comedian explained the serious tone of his new series. “This show is not a ‘comedy'”, he explained. “I dunno what it is. It can be funny. And also not. Both. I believe that ‘funny’ works best in its natural habitat. Right in the jungle along with ‘awful’, ‘sad’, ‘confusing’ and ‘nothing’. I just think it’s fair this one time to warn you since you have every right to expect a comedy from a comedian. I will not warn you again.”