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Published on May 14th, 2012 | by Sharilyn Johnson

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Louis C.K.: Suck a bag of pics

Pop quiz, comedy nerds: You’re walking down the street, and you spot Louis C.K. What do you do? (Aside from wet yourself?)

The answer: put your phone away.

In his second AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) session on Reddit, Louis CK today addressed how he deals with his increasing fame, and the one uncomfortable aspect of encountering fans on the street.

Louis C.K. indicates where he's had it up to with the photos. Photo by Sharilyn Johnson.

“Taking pictures. Every person on the planet now has a camera. So it sometimes happens that up to 20 people in one day or more want me to pose with them for a picture that they can put on facebook. That’s a lot. Also I don’t like doing it. It makes me feel weird. When I’m with my kids it takes my attention from them and makes them uncomfortable (and in some cases unsafe) but pretty much 100% of people who approach me want a picture….

So, what I do now is this: I refuse to ever take a picture with anyone. I just say no. I don’t do that. BUt I shake their hand and I talk to them for a bit. Because I like that. I can tell this disappoints people for a second but as we talk they feel okay about it….

And now with that boundary in place, I feel absolutely no inhibition with folks. I am glad to meet everyone that says hi. EVERYONE. I learn a little about a nice person several times a day. And they are kind to me. And it won’t last. So it’s great.”

Read the full response here, the entire AMA here, and the first AMA from December 2011 here.

Sounds like a pretty air-tight solution for everyone. Though is anyone else a little surprised that people approach him when he’s with his kids?

C.K. has been known to set up an autograph/photo assembly line after shows in the past (though likely not as much recently), so if you absolutely must have proof that you breathed the same air, you may still have your chance.

(Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a suddenly-uncool photo of myself with Louis that I should delete from Facebook.)

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Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy since 1998. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy program LOL.


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