“You wouldn’t understand; you had to be there.” Oh, if I had a nickel for every time I heard a self-involved baby boomer utter that ridiculous statement about the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Lenny Bruce, whomever, in an attempt to prove that we’ll never be able to understand Jimi Hendrix as much as they do. Because they were there, man.
In 25 years, we’re all going to say the same thing to our kids about Louis C.K. and his remarkable run of success over the past couple of years. Between his three stand-up specials circa 2007-2010 (Shameless, Chewed Up, and Hilarious) and his TV show, C.K. has joined the ranks of the all-time greats. And last night’s hour-long Oh My God only helped cement his place among the Pryors, the Hicks, the Carlins.
Especially his instantly legendary “of course…but maybe” bit. Watch it below. Or just watch the whole damn thing here. After all, you were THERE…man. Best to start hating yourself for saying it now.