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Epix gets ‘Hilarious’

Stand-up comedy film was first for Sundance this year

Epix has acquired the rights to “Louis C.K.: Hilarious,” which premiered at Sundance in January as that film fest’s first stand-up concert film.

“Hilarious” will premiere on Epix on Sept. 18 via its linear cable channel, video on demand service and website. Prior to that, the film will get a limited indie theatrical release.

As part of the deal, Comedy Central will then get the basic cable run of “Louis C.K.: Hilarious” in 2011, when the stand-up movie will also get a DVD release via Comedy Central Home Entertainment.

It’s been a busy year for Louis C.K., who stars in the FX comedy “Louie.” He also appeared in several episodes of “Parks and Recreation” last season. And next up, the comedian will kick off his new theater tour, “Louis C.K.: Word,” on Sept. 17 in San Francisco.

Louis C.K. also earned an Emmy nomination last year for writing his TV special “Louis C.K.: Chewed Up.”

“Louis C.K.: Hilarious” earned strong reviews from its Sundance screening. “Hilarious,” which centers on the comedian’s musings on life after turning 40, was shot at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater in April 2009.

“Louis C.K.: Hilarious” reps the latest in a string of stand-up comedy events for Epix, the joint venture of Viacom, MGM and Lionsgate. As part of its launch, Epix ran the Lewis Black special “Stark Raving Black,” which also got a limited theatrical run before heading to the cabler.

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