Louis C.K. Has Talked About Stealing for Drug Dealers Before

Slate's Culture Blog
June 10 2014 6:54 PM

Louis C.K. Has Talked About Stealing for Drug Dealers Before

Louis C.K. in Louie
Last night's Louie wasn't the first time Louis C.K. told a story about stealing scales for weed.

Frank Ockenfels/FX Networks

If you watched last night’s supersized episode of Louie, you might have wondered whether any of it was based on Louis C.K.’s own childhood. It may have been even more autobiographical than you realized.

While stand-up shouldn’t be mistaken for nonfiction, C.K. has told a similar story about himself on stage, saying that when he was in junior high school he stole 14 triple-beam balances from his school and traded them with his drug dealer for weed.

According to the bit, one of C.K.’s teachers (in this case a woman) stood up for him when he was accused of the theft, defending him against the principal. Ultimately, he says, there was no proof, and he got away with it, just like on the show. Unlike in Louie, however, he says he only admitted to lying about it years later, when his teacher heard about his HBO show and wrote him a letter.

Even if C.K. made up this specific story, he’s said before, in a lengthy interview with Jonah Weiner, that in middle school he had a “massive drug problem,” which led him to crime:

Oh god, I dropped more acid than I remember in eighth grade. Eighth, ninth grade were two solid years of dropping acid, snorting coke when somebody had it, Quaaludes, smoking an alarming amount of pot, mescaline, drinking, stealing shit, crime, dumb, always in trouble, terrible time.
Advertisement

While the episode’s long flashback adds up to a cautionary tale about smoking pot at a young age, C.K. seems to have a healthier relationship with the drug now. When he appeared on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee this past winter, he spoke about his love for getting high and going to IMAX movies. On the other hand, in his 2011 Live at the Beacon Theater special, he claimed that he couldn’t smoke pot anymore because today’s weed is too powerful. As ever, the line between Louie and Louis can be a little blurry, but there’s plenty of truth in his comedy.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Meet the New Bosses

How the Republicans would run the Senate.

It Is Very, Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

The U.S. Is So, So Far Behind Europe on Clean Energy

Even if You Don’t Like Batman, You Might Like Gotham

Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom

The Eye

This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059

Medical Examiner

Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?  

A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.

A Woman Who Escaped the Extreme Babymaking Christian Fundamentalism of Quiverfull

Nicolas Sarkozy, Thrice Married, Says Gay Marriage Humiliates the Family

  News & Politics
Over There
Sept. 22 2014 1:29 PM “That’s Called Jim Crow” Philip Gourevitch on America’s hypocritical interventions in Africa.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 22 2014 1:37 PM Subprime Loans Are Back! And believe it or not, that’s a good thing.
  Life
Dear Prudence
Sept. 22 2014 3:33 PM Killing With Kindness My in-laws want to throw me a get-well-from-cancer bash. There’s no way I can go.
  Double X
Doublex
Sept. 22 2014 4:06 PM No, Women’s Soccer Does Not Have a Domestic Violence Problem Or, why it is very, very stupid to compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice.
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus
Sept. 22 2014 1:52 PM Tell Us What You Think About Slate Plus Help us improve our new membership program.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 22 2014 3:16 PM Watch the Best Part of Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run Tour
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 22 2014 12:14 PM Family Court Rules That You Can Serve Someone With Legal Papers Over Facebook
  Health & Science
Science
Sept. 22 2014 12:15 PM The Changing Face of Climate Change Will the leaders of the People’s Climate March now lead the movement?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.