Monday, Apr. 04, 2011

Louis C.K.

Age: 43
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.