By Bel Hernandez
If you hadn’t heard of Louis C.K. before this morning’s announcement of the 64th Emmy Awards ® nominees, you will not soon forget his name. The one-man TV powerhouse, whose prominence has been shaped by his talents as a comedian, TV and screen writer, director and editor is top of his game and on the Emmy nominee list with the most nominations of any individual in a creative role for 2012.
Among the hundreds of Emmy nominations announced this morning by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences one name stood out above the rest with the distinction of receiving the most nomination in a creative position.
Comedian/writer/director and editor Louis C.K., star of the FX comedy series Louis tops the list with seven noms — three for his FX series and four for his Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre comedy special.
C.K.’s Louie received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor, Director and Writer. Four other nominations went to his Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre special which received noms for Outstanding Special Class Programs; Outstanding Directing in a Variety Series; and Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special and Outstanding Editing.
His eight Emmy nominations not only make Louis C.K., the top dog in this year’s Emmy nomination roster, but this definitely sets a major milestone for Latinos, and Mexicans in particular for Emmy noms.
C.K. was born in Washington, D.C. to, Mary Louise Davis a software engineer, and Luis Szekely, an economist from Mexico. They moved to Mexico where C.K lived until the age of seven returning to the states where he began his career in the world of comedy as a comedian in 1984 working alongside the likes of Denis Leary and Lenny Clarke.
C.K., honed his writing skills writing for some of the top variety shows like The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Dana Carvey Show and the Chris Rock Show and is no stranger to the Emmy nominee process. In 2008 he was nominated for his comedy special Chewed up and again in 2011 for the Louie episode “Poker/Divorce”.
A multi-faceted talent, and an excellent one judging from his Emmy nominations, has a long list of credits in addition to his TV accomplishments. He partnered with Chris Rock in writing two screenplays Down to Earth and I think I love My Wife and wrote and directed the independent feature black-and-white film Tomorrow Night in 1998 in addition to having produced a variety of short films and sketch comedy.
Now is the time to catch up on the talents of C.K. by watching the shows that will surely win take him to Emmy Award Nominee to Emmy Award Winner. You heard it here first.