Louis C.K. watches 'Project Runway' and other FX press tour notes
Here's some of what Rock (an executive producer of FX's new late-night show "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell"), Brand (the host of "BrandX") and C.K. (the creator/star of "Louie") had to say.
(C.K. and Rock appeared via satellite, hence the law-office backdrop behind C.K. in the picture.)
Russell Brand on changes he's making to "BrandX": "The show will look a little more conventional -- more like a conventional late-night show. We will have guests every week, and ... I think myself, I'm infatuated with spirituality, revolution, anti-establishment thinking. And I think ... sometimes I get a little, the zeal of the newly converted. I get a little excited about that. I think I'll allow that kind of stuff to rather subversively enter into the show rather than being so nuts-out anti-establishment."
Chris Rock on his role on "Totally Biased": "The secret to being a good producer is to hire your boss. I chose to work with Kamau because I figured in three weeks, a month or whatever, he probably won't need me. If six months from now, he needs me to make a bunch of decisions, I picked the wrong guy."
Louis C.K. on continuing to do stand-up comedy: "It remains the thing I'm best at, is stand-up. ... And still, the most money I make is on stage. I still make way more doing that than I do doing the show. It keeps me able to do the show I do on FX. Not that I couldn't support myself on what I make at FX, but the standup takes a lot of pressure off wanting or having to do other things."
Rock on the state of TV news: "The news is a TV show. They need ratings. And in our lifetime, we will see boobs on the news."
Brand, picking out a questioner in the mostly dark ballroom: "You're easy to see -- you're in a pool of light. You look like you were put there by Caravaggio."
C.K. on his TV habits: " 'Project Runway' is a big favorite of mine. I like it because I actually really enjoy fashion -- I really do. I like looking at it. So watching people create stuff in a competitive spirits is really fun. And I love that Tim Gunn guy. He's got a great work ethic and he's a good teacher. And my kids like 'Project Runway,' so I watch it with them. ...
"Sometimes I watch shows like 'American Idol' or 'America's Got Talent' -- I like those because I'm a real sucker for very maudlin, emotional stuff. I used to watch Howie Mandel's other show, 'Deal or No Deal,' and I used to cry like a baby watching that show. Watching a workin' man try to earn for his family and know when to stop ... when I watch TV I think I'm just a complete, common American viewer."