FILE – In this April 28, 2012 file photo, comedian Louis C.K. from the FX comedy “Louie” appears onstage at The 2012 Comedy Awards in New York. After selling a comedy special directly to fans and upending the comedy business, Louis C.K. is taking the same approach with tickets to his next tour. The comedian announced Monday, June 25, that he’ll charge a flat, no-fee rate of $45 to all of the shows on a 39-city tour he kicks off in October. Tickets will bypass ticketing services and be available only through louisck.com. Louis C.K.’s show “Louie” debuts its third season on FX on Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)
NEW YORK (AP) — Louis C.K.’s gambit to sell tickets to his comedy shows himself is paying off.
The comedian said Wednesday that after just 45 hours, his tour has sold 100,000 tickets and taken in $4.5 million in sales. He’s bypassing ticketing services like Ticketmaster to sell tickets only on his website.
On Monday, he began selling tickets for $45 without fees. His 39-city stand-up tour kicks off in October.
After announcing the results, he tweeted: “I guess it was a good idea.”
Louis C.K. previously sold downloads to his special “Live at the Beacon” for $5, a move that was widely hailed and has since been imitated by other comics. It made more than $1 million in 12 days.
His FX show “Louie” debuts its third season Thursday.