Louis Szekely (born September 12, 1967), known professionally as Louis C.K. ( ), is an American comedian, editor, writer, producer, director, and actor. He is the creator, star, writer, director, and—until February 2012—editor of the highly acclaimed FX comedy series Louie. C.K. is noteworthy for innovating direct-to-fan sales of tickets to his stand-up shows and DRM-free video concert downloads via his website. Over the course of his career, he has been nominated for 25 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for his stand up special Oh My God in 2013.