I listen to Louis CK everytime I wake up.
For years, the sound I’ve used to play on my phone to wake up me up every morning has usually been the standard tones Apple adds preinstalled for the iPhones they’ve created…from the wistful yet semi-annoying “Bells”, to the utterly annoying and relationship-destroying “Radar” that, on many an occasion, an elbow has connected with my ribcage by an irate girlfriend who has already tolerated a few hours of my awful snoring.
But then I discovered the ability to load Louis CK’s “Shameless” as an MP3 onto my phone to listen to, and that’s become my new wake-up call. Hearing the familiar white-noise HBO introduction, followed by a pattering of conversation before the announcer clears his throat and begins the performance with the familiar, “Ladies and gentlemen…Louis CK,” to thunderous applause.
It’s not like it’s welcoming knowing that someone else is getting better love than I am; indeed, I haven’t got a performance from one of my peers loaded on my phone. Instead, it’s a hopeful reminder to end the procrastination I’ve always suffered, since he began his career very early on in life while I mustered into stand-up and the creative arts relatively late (28, by stand-up standards, is DAMN old).
And it’s pleasant to wake up and by inspired by the work of someone who has built up that hard work and enjoy the fame that comes with the realisation that digging deep fulfills everyone’s expectations.
Wouldn’t you like to hear your favourite comedian in the morning when you first wake up, talking about how ridiculous homophobic people are about gay people?