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Nick Di Paolo: Louis C.K. Can Make a Hollywood Comeback (If He Wants It)

Nick Di Paolo: Louis C.K. Can Make a Hollywood Comeback (If He Wants It)


Nick Di Paolo and Louis C.Okay. don’t see eye to eye on politics. That’s placing it mildly.

C.Okay. might have been the primary mainstream entertainer to dub Donald Trump a Nazi. Di Paolo shreds each ingredient of the progressive agenda from his self-titled podcast.

The 2 stay like “brothers,” Di Paolo says, one cause he rapidly signed on for “Fourth of July.”

The movie, directed and co-written by C.Okay., follows a now-sober pianist’s reunion along with his flamable household. It’s based mostly on star Joe Listing’s deeply private experiences and options a number of of C.Okay.’s comedy friends (Di Paolo, Robert Kelly, Lynne Koplitz).

“Fourth of July” labored round conventional Hollywood gatekeepers given C.Okay.’s radioactive standing inside an trade that when adored him. 5 years in the past, the comic admitted to exposing himself to a number of ladies.

His celebrated profession collapse because of this.

C.Okay. slowly labored his approach again into present enterprise, self-producing two stand-up specials. “Fourth of July” is his first main movie since “I Love You, Daddy,” which he wrote and directed in 2017. The comic’s scandal satisfied the movie’s studio to shelve its theatrical launch. It stays in limbo with no plans for a public launch.

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“Fourth of July” let Di Paolo reconnect with Listing, his former opening act. Listing was 24 on the time the 2 met, and Di Paolo noticed his alcohol drawback up shut.

“He beloved his booze, because the film factors out,” Di Paolo recollects. “He wasn’t getting any higher as a comic book.”

They reconnected after Listing obtained sober, and Di Paolo noticed a marked distinction in his peer.

“He was a special comedian. His posture was standing up straight. He had an entire new 30 minutes [of material],” he says. When Listing made his “Late Present with David Letterman” debut, it was Di Paolo serving to him along with his tie earlier than he went on stage.

“I used to be so happy with him,” he says.

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Di Paolo performs the boorish Uncle Kevin in “Fourth of July,” however the comedian says one of many actors supplied the function of Listing’s mom would possibly shock audiences.

C.Okay.’s group despatched Meryl Streep the script, based on Di Paolo, who notes she learn it cowl to cowl earlier than turning the gig down as a result of a earlier dedication.

“I can’t do that, however I find it irresistible, and whoever performs Kevin will get all of the laughs,” she reportedly informed them.

“Fourth of July” is “promoting out in all places,” Di Paolo says, including he wouldn’t be shocked if Hollywood ultimately softens its stance towards C.Okay.

“If anyone could make a comeback, will probably be Louie,” says Di Paolo, who notes he’s had his fellow comedian’s again since “day one” of the scandal. He notes the sensitivity C.Okay. dropped at his work, significantly his FX collection “Louie” which featured Di Paolo in a number of episodes.

“This man is so removed from being a misogynistic, [Andrew] Cube Clay kind. He’s an excellent, delicate man … he went a bit of nuts one evening” he says, noting a present enterprise hypocrisy behind C.Okay.’s downfall. The disgraced comedian is way from alone in his actions.

Di Paolo says his spouse, who labored within the music enterprise, endured continual sexual harassment from male colleagues.

That mentioned, had C.Okay. uncovered himself to Di Paolo’s sister “I’d punch him within the face.”

C.Okay. might not want Hollywood transferring ahead, Di Paolo suggests.

“Fourth of July” is drawing a crowd,  C.Okay.’s “Sincerely Louis C.Okay.” simply earned a Grammy and his stand-up act has little drawback snagging venues.

“The Grammy win is a bit of foreshadowing that he’s again in someone’s good graces in some respect,” Di Paolo says. Then once more, C.Okay.’s solo experiment could also be everlasting. And he’s not alone, given the success others like Andrew Schulz are having with out the same old gatekeepers.

“[C.K.] doesn’t want them … it’s an awakening. It’s good for the entire trade,” says Di Paolo, who lately moved to Georgia and produces podcast content material alongside along with his stand-up gigs.

“We’ve entered a brand new period. All people’s doing their very own factor, cultivating their very own viewers,” he says.

Di Paolo, a Massachusetts native who spent twenty years within the Huge Apple, doesn’t remorse leaving New York for the South. The native crowds, he notes, would fairly be offended than double over with laughter.

“New York was getting insupportable … I obtained sick to my abdomen driving down there [to the Comedy Cellar club],” he says, recalling how audiences would moan, not snort, at edgy jokes informed by comedy icons like Dave Attell.

“Comics 1/eighth as provocative as I’m have been getting moaned at,” he says, including he ending up cursing out his personal woke crowds on the finish of his New York days.

Now, he’s producing his personal podcast, riffing on stage greater than he ever did and “punching up” monologues for late evening’s latest star, Greg Gutfeld. And he has few form phrases for the late-night competitors.

“The Colberts of the world, they’re not comedians. They’re a f***ing mouthpiece for the Biden administration and the Democrats. They’ve bought their souls to the satan,” he says, softening his tone for one late-night progressive.

“Kimmel disappoints me. I like him. That is the man who created ‘The Man Present,” he says.

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