Louis C.K. Says Horace and Pete Is Over, Hails Web Series' 'Singular Experience'

It’s last call for Horace and Pete.

Louis C.K. formally announced to his email distro list on Saturday that his self-financed, 10-episode web series won’t be ordering a double.

“So. That was it,” the multi-hyphenate entertainer wrote. “I didn’t want to say [before] that it was the last episode. Because I didn’t want you to know, as you watched the episode, that it would be the last one. But yeah, obviously, that was it.”

Horace and Pete starred C.K. and Steve Buscemi as the co-owners of the titular Brooklyn bar, which has been owned by the same family for 100 years. Over the series’ run, the likes of Edie Falco, Alan Alda, Jessica Lange, Laurie Metcalf, Burt Young, Reg E. Cathey and Amy Sedaris — who created and improv’d her own character — stopped by the watering hole.

“It is a singular experience to have done this show and a very very sad thing to be done doing it,” C.K. wrote. “I loved telling that/those story(ies). I loved working in that (fake) bar with that crew for those 10 weeks. It was a wicked high privilege to act with those actors. I mean holy [s–t]. Those actors.”

Though C.K. charged anywhere from $2 to $5 per episode (or $31 for the whole season, which can also be purchased as a binge), he has yet to recoup his investment and, as shared with Howard Stern, now has “no cushion in life, but I’m willing to do that” — though he hopes to drum up more sales with an upcoming promotional tour for the heretofore stealth release.

Did you partake in C.K.’s Horace and Pete experiment? If so, how was it?

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6 Comments
  1. JosiahBartlet4President says:

    I watched all the episodes and encourage others to do so. It’s a really well-written, well-acted show.
    It’s not like Louis CK’s standup routines per se in that you’re not constantly laughing. But that’s okay. It’s really worth the $31.

  2. It’s melodrama, and it sometimes veers into high-school production, but it has more than enough moments of brilliance to make it more than worth the money. Laurie Metcalf was AMAZING.

  3. Adam Armus says:

    Stellar. Great writing and acting. Shows how simple really good TV can be.

  4. HAP says:

    I think he ought to, if he hasn’t, shop it to Netflix or Amazon to recoup his investment.

  5. ? says:

    It’s a series of filmed stage plays, essentially. It’s not comedy. It was interesting to watch and not like anything you’d ever see on television, so I understand why he did it this way. Overall I enjoyed it.