Louis C.K. announced a North American tour yesterday with only two Canadian stops: both in Vancouver, on December 7 and 8 at Thunderbird Arena. Naturally, these tickets sold out almost instantly.
Normally, that would create an explosion of tickets on resale sites like Stubhub, but Louis C.K., the Pearl Jam of divorced dad comedy, saw that coming.
"Regarding ticket resale: we take great efforts and have many methods of finding out what inventory is being sold on broker sites like Stubhub and Vivid Seats and immediately invalidating those tickets," Louis C.K. said in an email to fans, relayed by CBC. "If the ticket becomes invalidated, we are not responsible, and unfortunately the consumer could lose money and not get into the show."
It's part of the ever-humble superstar comedian's ongoing effort to keep his shows affordable, play for real fans, and curtail the sleazy, often corrupt secondary market for live music and comedy ticket sales.
"As always, I'm keeping the price of my tickets down to an average of $50, including all charges," he said in an email blasted out to fans to announce the dates. "I know that's not nothing. But it's less than more than that."
His efforts are working. Search Louis C.K. on StubHub right now and you find zero tickets to his show in Vancouver. Search for Amy Schumer in the same city the week before and tickets go as high as $333.
That's good news for fans who snatched up tickets early, but bad news for anyone desperately searching elsewhere. Even if you luck out and find some, you might find out they're invalid when you try to use them. And that's not good for Louis, it's not good for scalpers, it's not good for anyone.