Nick Di Paolo and Louis CK has no interest in politics. That is to put it gently.
CK may be the first mainstream entertainer voiced Donald Trump as a Nazi. Di Paolo cuts every element of the progressive agenda from his podcast of the same title.
The two are still “brothers,” said Di Paolo, one reason he quickly signed up.July 4.“
The film, directed and co-written by CK, follows the reunion of a now sober pianist with his flaming family. It is based on the deeply personal experiences of star Joe List and features several comedies by CK (Di Paolo, Robert Kelly, Lynne Koplitz).
“July 4” works around the traditional Hollywood gatekeepers because of CK’s radioactivity in an industry that once adored him. Five years ago, the comedian admitted to revealing photos of himself with many women.
As a result, his celebrity career fell apart.
CK slowly returned to the show business, producing two specials himself. “July 4” is his first big movie since “I love you,” which he wrote and directed in 2017. The comedian’s scandal convinced the studio to postpone the theatrical release. It is still in limbo and has no plans for a public release.
“July 4” for Di Paolo to reconnect with List, his previous opening act. List was 24 years old at the time the two met, and Di Paolo witnessed his alcohol problem up close.
Di Paolo recalls: “He liked his wine, as the movie showed. “He’s not getting better as a manga.”
They reconnected after List regained consciousness, and Di Paolo noticed a marked difference in his peers.
“He is another comic. His posture is upright. He’s got a brand new 30 minutes [of material],” he said. When List debuted “Late Show with David Letterman,” it was Di Paolo who helped him tie his tie before going on stage.
“I am very proud of him,” he said.
Di Paolo played the rude Uncle Kevin in “July 4,” but the comic says that one of the actors offered to play List’s mother might surprise audiences.
CK’s team sent Meryl Streep the script, according to Di Paolo, who noted that she read it from start to finish before turning down the gig due to a previous commitment.
“I can’t do this, but I love it, and whoever plays Kevin gets all the laughs,” she told them.
“July 4” is “sold out everywhere,” said Di Paolo, adding that he wouldn’t be surprised if Hollywood eventually softens its stance against CK.
“If anyone could come back, it would be Louie,” said Di Paolo, who noted that he has been returning to his fellow comics since the “first day” of the scandal. He noted the sensibility that CK brought to his work, especially his FX series “Louie” which featured Di Paolo in several episodes.
“This guy is far from being a misogynist, [Andrew] Dice Clay type. He’s a brilliant, sensitive guy… he went a little crazy one night,” he said, noting the show business’ hypocritical behavior behind CK’s demise. . The disgraced comic is far from his solitary act.
Di Paolo said his wife, who works in the music business, has suffered from chronic sexual harassment from male colleagues.
That said, CK revealed himself to Di Paolo’s sister “I’m going to punch him in the face.”
Di Paolo suggests that CK may not need Hollywood moving forward.
“July 4” is drawing a crowd, “Sincerely Louis CK “just won a Grammy” and his standing act has very little problem of location.
Di Paolo said: “Winning the Grammy is a small omen that he will return to someone’s good grace in some way. Then again, CK’s solo test could be permanent. And he’s not alone, with the success that others like Andrew Schulz is having without the usual gatekeepers.
“[C.K.] don’t need them… it’s an awakening. That’s good for the industry as a whole,” said Di Paolo, who recently moved to Georgia and manufactures podcast content along with his outstanding gigs.
“We have entered a new era. Everyone is doing their own thing, nurturing their own audience,” he said.
Di Paolo, a Massachusetts native who spent two decades at the Big Apple, has no regrets about leaving New York for the South. He noted that local crowds would rather be offended than doubly with laughter.
“New York has become unbearable… I got sick to my stomach while driving down there [to the Comedy Cellar club]’ he said, recalling how audiences would groan rather than laugh, at the sharp jokes told by comedy icons like Dave Attell.
“The 1/8 comics were as provocative as I was being moaned,” he said, adding that he ended up cursing his own waking crowd at the end of his New York days. .
Now, he’s producing his own podcast, bouncing around the stage more than he ever did, and “making” monologues for Late Night’s Latest Star, Greg Gutfeld. And he had some kind words for the late-night contest.
“Colberts of the world, they are not comedians. They are mouthpieces of the Biden administration and the Democratic Party. They sold their souls to the devil,” he said, softening his voice late one night.
“Kimmel let me down. I like him. This is the guy who made ‘The Man Show,’ he said.