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Comedian Louis C.K. announced on Tuesday that he will sell tickets to his tour exclusively on his website for one flat fee of $45 to combat scalping.
At his website, the Louie star announced that he is touring across the U.S. and that tickets will only be available on the site. Every ticket for every show at every location will be $45, including taxes. “You don't have to join anything and you don't have to hear from me again unless you want to,” C.K. wrote. “Just cheap tickets to see me do an all new bunch of jokes. See you on the road, b***hes.”
According to Rolling Stone, he told fans in another email that he is reserving the right to cancel a ticket and give a refund if the ticket holder tries to sell the ticket for over $45.
“Making my shows affordable has always been my goal but two things have always worked against that. High ticket charges and ticket re-sellers marking up the prices,” he told fans in the email. “Some ticketing services charge more than 40% over the ticket price and, ironically, the lower I've made my ticket prices, the more scalpers have bought them up, so the more fans have paid for a lot of my tickets.”
He concluded, “By selling the tickets exclusively on my site, I've cut the ticket charges way down and absorbed them into the ticket price...To buy a ticket, you join NOTHING. Just use your credit card and buy the damn thing.”
The Associated Press notes that this is a familiar move for C.K., who previously offered downloads of his Live at the Beacon special at his site for just $5. The special grossed $1 million in just 12 days and other comedians have followed C.K.’s lead.
C.K.’s tour starts on Oct. 3 at Severance Hall in Cleveland. Tickets are available for every show up to his Boston Symphony Hall performance on Jan. 5, 2013. He will be finishing the tour on Feb. 1, 2013 at The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Louie’s third season premiere is on Thursday on FX.