When all-universe comic Louis C.K. talks - about anything - people listen. In an e-mail to fans Tuesday morning, he promoted his new special (available here for $5) and and defended the snow-related cancellation of his Madison Square Garden show. The 1,880-word “long winded, unedited coffee-addled, had to shit the whole time while my kids yelled at me to take them sledding-written material” is meant to explain why he shot the special, "Louis C.K. Live at the Comedy Store," at that famed Hollywood club. But, mostly, C.K. waxed nostalgic for comedy clubs in general, taking the reader through his 30-year history of performing at them.
He had high praise for Minneapolis' Acme Comedy Co., writing:
There were some comedy clubs around the country that were legendary. That lasted out the death of comedy in the 90s. The independent and truly great rooms where you can still smell the cigarette smoke exhaled by Bill Hicks. The Acme in Minneapolis. The Punchline in Atlanta. The Punchline (not related) in San Francisco. Cobbs in San Fran. The Laff Stop in Houston. Zanies in Chicago. Charlie Goodnights in Raleigh. The Comedy Works in Denver. These were the Meccas. When you could get a week at Acme, you know you could continue having the will to do this shit for another few months. A week at the Punchline in San Fran could get you through the next week at Harvey’s in Portland.
Of Acme owner Louis Lee, he wrote/misspelled:
There were club owners that were part of Comedy History. Who knew how to shape comedy. Mark Babbit, Lewis Lee, Manny Dworman, Lucien Hold, Silver Friedman, Bud Friedman, Ron Osborne, others.
Louie also briefly slammed clubs-within-malls, mercifully omitting the Mall of America-entombed Rick Bronson's House of Comedy.
You can - and should! - read the entire note here.