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Emmy Awards 2012: Louis CK leaves failure behind

September 24, 2012|By Amy Kaufman
  • Louis C.K. holds his awards at the 2012 Emmys.
Louis C.K. holds his awards at the 2012 Emmys. (Lawrence K. Ho )

The last time Louis C.K. was at the Emmys was over a decade ago, and even though he took home an award, he wasn't in the limelight.

"I was a writer on 'The Chris Rock Show' ... and I was in this spot, behind 10 other people," the comedian said backstage in front of a room full of reporters after winning two awards -- one for comedy writing on "Louie" and the other for writing on his stand-up special.

One of the backstage journalists asked Louis C.K. why he thinks his latest television show has resonated with viewers more than his previous efforts, including the short-lived "Lucky Louie."

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"I'm better than I was before, and hopefully I'll be better later too," he admitted, adding that being in New York with a "better group of people" has helped his new FX program.

"Whenever you leave behind failure, you're doing good," he said. "If you think everything you've done is great, you're probably dumb. ... I'm older now too. Older people are smarter and funnier."


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