Update 7/30/2012: In a move that will come as small surprise to fans of the pioneering comedian, FX has announced Louis C.K.’s hit show, “Louie,” will be picked up for a fourth season.

While “Louie’s” ratings have been consistently strong for its past three seasons, the recent media attention surrounding C.K. probably didn’t hurt his chances at renewal. Besides making such headline-grabbing decisions as eschewing the secondary ticket market in favor of selling tickets directly from his website, just this past week C.K. garnered a whopping seven Emmy nods for his various T.V. projects.

The nominations include Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series,Louis C.K.'s hit show, "Louie," has been renewed for a fourth season. Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for “Louie,” and Outstanding Special Class Programs, Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series, and Outstanding Picture-Editing for his comedy special, “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre.”

Although C.K. recently admitted such a high volume of recognition made him “feel a little selfish,” it seems neither fans nor critics would accuse him of being anything worse than one of 2012′s top entertainers.

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Louis C.K. is doing it for the fans. That’s the comedian’s rationale for bypassing Ticketmaster, selling tickets for his upcoming 2012 tour exclusively through his personal website instead. Tickets for every show in the 39-city tour will be sold for a flat rate of $45. The star of FX’s “Louie” announced his decision to go retail rogue via an open email to fans Monday, explaining: “By selling the tickets exclusively on my site, I’ve cut the ticket charges way down and absorbed them into the ticket price.” Claiming he’s always wanted to make his shows more affordable, C.K. also stated any tickets sold or scalped for more than the standard $45 fee would not be accepted.

Read more about C.K. and the secondary market.

“I’m trying something new,” C.K. allowed. Below, a look at where fans of the novel comedian can catch (and thank) him live:

Louis C.K. Tour Dates 2012

Date City State Venue
10/3/12 Cleveland OH Severance Hall (Early show)
10/3/12 Cleveland OH Severance Hall (Late show)
10/4/12 Minneapolis MN Minneapolis Convention Center
10/5/12 Minneapolis MN Minneapolis Convention Center
10/6/12 St. Louis MO Fox Theatre
10/10/12 Milwaukee WI Riverside Theater
10/11/12 Milwaukee WI Riverside Theater
10/12/12 Detroit MI The Masonic Temple
10/17/12 Savannah GA Savannah Civic Center
10/18/12 Tulsa OK The Brady Theater
10/19/12 Houston TX Jesse H. Jones Hall
10/20/12 Dallas TX Majestic Theatre (Early show)
10/20/12 Dallas TX Majestic Theatre (Late show)
10/24/12 New York NY New York City Center (Early show)
10/24/12 New York NY New York City Center (Late show)
10/25/12 New York NY New York City Center (Early show)
10/25/12 New York NY New York City Center (Late show)
10/26/12 New York NY New York City Center (Early show)
10/26/12 New York NY New York City Center (Late show)
10/27/12 New York NY New York City Center (Early show)
10/27/12 New York NY New York City Center (Late show)
10/28/12 New York NY New York City Center (Early show)
10/28/12 New York NY New York City Center (Late show)
11/7/12 Portland ME Merrill Auditorium
11/8/12 Hartford CT Bushnell Center for the Arts
11/9/12 Chicago IL Chicago Symphony Center (Early show)
11/9/12 Chicago IL Chicago Symphony Center (Late show)
11/14/12 San Francisco CA Davies Symphony Hall (Early show)
11/14/12 San Francisco CA Davies Symphony Hall (Late show)
11/15/12 San Francisco CA Davies Symphony Hall (Early show)
11/15/12 San Francisco CA Davies Symphony Hall (Late show)
11/28/12 Fort Lauderdale FL Broward Center for the Performing Arts
11/29/12 Tampa FL David A. Straz, Jr. Center
11/30/12 Athens GA The Classic Center
12/13/12 Austin TX Austin City Limits Live (Early show)
12/13/12 Austin TX Austin City Limits Live (Late show)
12/14/12 Austin TX Austin City Limits Live (Early show)
12/14/12 Austin TX Austin City Limits Live (Late show)
12/15/12 Denver CO The Colorado Convention Center
12/20/12 Seattle WA Paramount Theater (Early show)
12/20/12 Seattle WA Paramount Theater (Late show)
12/21/12 Seattle WA Paramount Theater (Early show)
12/21/12 Seattle WA Paramount Theater (Late show)
12/22/12 Phoenix AZ Celebrity Theatre
12/31/12 Baltimore MD Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
1/3/13 Boston MA Boston Symphony Hall
1/4/13 Boston MA Boston Symphony Hall
1/5/13 Boston MA Boston Symphony Hall
2/1/13 Washington DC The JFK Center (Early show)
2/1/13 Washington DC The JFK Center (Late show)

Louis C.K. Tour and the Secondary Market

In light of the restrictions C.K. has imposed on the resale of tickets to this new tour, we were curious whether or not the threat of ticket invalidation has put a damper on secondary market activity. It appears that so far, C.K.’s measures are keeping the volume of tickets listed on secondary markets low – though the few tickets that are listed on online secondary markets are posted at an average price of $203.66

Across all 52 announced shows on C.K.’s tour, there are only 122 tickets listed on major online secondary markets – an average of just slightly over 2 tickets listed per show. Many major secondary ticketing websites – including StubHub – are offering no listings at all and are not providing a means for individual sellers to list Louis C.K. tickets for sale.

In brief, it appears the restrictions on these tour tickets are, by and large, keeping tickets off secondary market sites.