(CBS News) Standup comedian Louis C.K. picked up six Emmy nomination last week for his show "Louie," about a curmudgeonly, fictionalized version of himself. He is the director, producer, writer and creator of the series, which has aired on FX for three seasons.
The comic took a break from the show to perform in his own live standup tour and landed a role in Woody Allen's forthcoming, "Blue Jasmine." He said Tuesday on "CBS This Morning" that he was thrilled when he was cast in Allen's latest film because he "just wanted to meet him."
"He's pretty gross, he's a pretty disgusting human being," Louis C.K. said, describing his "Blue Jasmine" character, Stan, who is "one of these guys that just happens to women along the line somewhere."
The comedian/actor compared the rigors of an evening performing standup comedy with shooting a movie.
"An hour-and-a-half show is a lot harder than a day on a set," he said. "But a whole movie ... I've been on movies for 10 days at the most, and when I see the main actors and they've been there all month, that seems really hard to me."
Turning to what led him into comedy, Louis C.K. confessed that aside from "loving it a lot," comedy legends, including Bill Cosby and Steve Martin, inspired him to follow suit.
"Listening to Bill Cosby records and George Carlin and Steve Martin, stuff like that. Just loving the sound of it, loving, wanting to get closer and closer and closer to it," he said, explaining his gravitation toward a career in comedy, adding that to him, Cosby is simply "the best."
"He has this musical sense of how to speak and how to run the room and the energy in the room," Louis C.K. said. "I saw him in front of 5,000 people, he did two hours. But he's still the best, he beats all these young kids that are strutting around holding the mic like this and all this thing. And I'm like one of them."