Occupation: Comedian, actor
Previous TIME 100 appearances: 0
By writing, directing, exec-producing and editing (on a 13-in. Mac, no less) his own very idiosyncratic sitcom for FX which returns for a second season this year Louis C.K. has shown what a person can do on his own with technology and sheer talent. His earlier deal at HBO (two specials and a sitcom, which failed) is now known as the Louis Deal, and every comedian wants it.
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