Pitchfork: Right now seems like a particularly up moment in your career. Is there any security in that?
C.K.: Oh, Christ, no. It's still show business and based on people going, "I like that guy," which can evaporate on a global level in an instant. Through all the years of ups and downs, I've picked up a lot of skills and learned ways to take care of myself. I do feel more security now, but it's because the recent downs have not been as bad; when I fall from where I am now, I won't fall as far. I'll be OK.
That is about as succinct an explanation of show biz and success that I can think of. The most well-adjusted show biz folks are the ones who are able to back off a bit and think about "doing what they want" rather than "everyone needs to like me".
Sometimes that means you take a smaller paycheck, sometimes it means a change in your risk level.
The Pants haven't played a lot this year, but we make each show special.
See you soon!