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November 04, 2010

"There is a God. And he gave me the finger."


As part of the NY Comedy Festival, on Wednesday night Louis CK sat down for a Q&A at the Paley Center regarding his FX show, Louie.

By the end of the night, after all the Q's had be A'd, C.K. made a point to address the question he gets asked the most: "What's with the guy flipping off the camera in the opening credits?"  If you're not familiar, see the picture above. It comes as C.K. takes a bite of his pizza.

Here's what he had to say:

"During the opening credits of the show, some guy flips off the camera. There was a young, NYU-looking kid -- spiky hair and just real contrary. He was walking with some real "yeah fuck everything" type guy. I was eating the pizza and I saw them, and I was already thought 'Jeeesus.' I think they saw a camera and they saw people making a sincere effort in something... So one of them went 'YEAHHHH' and he flipped off the camera. And I remember that moment very well because I was eating pizza and I watched him flip off the camera and I could tell by the angle that we caught it. And I thought -- when that happened, I knew we were gonna be on TV. Because that was when we were shooting the pilot, and it was a test. For some reason I remember seeing that and thinking, 'That's just meant to be. That's gonna be in the opening credits. It'll be fuzzy because I fucking know how the camera works. It's gonna be a little fuzzy because it's out of the depth of field and people are going to see it.' I just knew. That was just a sign to me. That we were going to get to be on TV."

The moderator then added "There is a God," calling back an earlier discussion in the night, to which Louis responded:

"There is a God. And he gave me the finger."

Sounds about right.