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Louis C.K. Louis C.K.
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / August 4, 2011

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As cranky as he can be on his FX show “Louie,’’ Louis C.K. sounded like a glass-half-full guy yesterday. Back in Newton, where he spent much of his childhood, Louis was waxing nostalgic about Boston and the comedy scene that spawned some great comics. “The stand-up scene here was as legitimate an artistic movement as the salons in Paris,’’ he said, mentioning his friends Steve Sweeney, Mike Donovan, Don Gavin, and Ken Rogerson. “Back then, there was no sense of wanting to be famous or be on TV.’’ Louis C.K., whose mom still lives in Burlington, is temporarily back in town for a series of stand-up shows. (He’s at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom tonight, the South Shore Music Circus tomorrow, the Newport Yachting Center Saturday, and the Cape Cod Melody Tent Sunday.) “It always feels nice to be back. It’s a big deal to go to Cabot’s Ice Cream when I’m here. There aren’t too many places like that left. I’m not, like, ‘Oh, man, I gotta take the kids to Taco Bell,’’’ he said. “Boston is about going to the Red Sox, the (Union) Oyster House, and Cambridge.’’ Asked what his mom - and his kids, for that matter - thinks of his comedy, Louis C.K. laughed. “My mom loves what I do. She watches all my shows and she follows me on Twitter,’’ he said. “My kids have seen pieces of the show, but TV isn’t a big part of their lives. They read. There’s a lot of stuff out there that no kid should be seeing.’’ Like what?, we wondered. “I was watching Kristen what’s her name in ‘Twilight’ in the hotel. It’s all these suicidal pale teens and their sickly love. That’s not healthy.’’