Evading Ticketmaster Louis C.K. sells tour himself

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Posted: Jun 26, 2012 4:03 PM
Evading Ticketmaster Louis C.K. sells tour himself

NEW YORK (AP) — After selling a comedy special directly to fans and upending the comedy business, Louis C.K. is taking the same approach with tickets to his next tour.

The comedian announced Monday evening that he'll charge a flat, no-fee rate of $45 to all of the shows on a 39-city tour he kicks off in October. Tickets will bypass ticketing services and be available only through louisck.com.

That's similar to how he sold downloads of his special "Live at the Beacon" for $5, a move that was widely hailed and has since been imitated by other comics.

In an effort to deter scalping, he pledged that any tour tickets sold above the original price will be canceled.

Louis C.K.'s show "Louie" debuts its third season on FX on Thursday.