Iconic comedian Louis C.K. credits Barry Crimmins for the reason he got into comedy, and after talking with him on the phone, we understand why. (You could watch Barry's appearance last year on BUILD Series NYC in the video above)
Promoting his stand-up special, which was directed and produced by Louis C.K. himself, Barry Crimmins dishes on what it was like participating in his first stand-up. "It was like doing a set on TV, but longer. The people were great, the audience was amazing, there's not much more you could ask for."
The comedian, activist, and political satirist goes on to explain how he ended up meeting Louis in the first place, wishing he signed him right on the spot! "I knew him when he would come into comedy clubs at 17 or 18-years-old. He was a pretty precocious guy, he really was peppering me with questions, and he was really funny."
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After discussing how the landscape of comedy has changed over the years, Crimmins believes that there are more comics than ever, and they are all so talented. "When I started, you really had to want to do it. Now, you could study it in college, go online and become a star. There are so many good, funny younger people."
Crimmins also remembers how tough it was, but gave some really great advice: "If someone could talk you out of doing comedy, you shouldn't be doing it."
Check out more from comedian Louis C.K. in the gallery below.
Louis C.K. through the years
Louis C.K. through the years
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Comedian Louis C.K. poses in the press room during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
Louis C.K. presents the award for best documentary short subject at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Actor/co-creator/executive producer Zach Galifianakis, left, co-creator/executive producer Louis C.K participate in the "Baskets" panel at the FX Networks Winter TCA on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Louis C.K. attends a special screening of "Trumbo" at the Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
EXCLUSIVE - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Schumer and Louis C.K. at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Louis C.K. appears onstage at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs" at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Louis CK attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Louis C.K. performs at the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes, presented by New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Louis C.K.âs comedy show in New York was canceled because of the weather. The comedian-actor sent an email to ticketholders expecting to see his Madison Square Garden show Tuesday, poking fun at the hysteria surrounding the snowstorm hitting the Northeast. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Louis C.K.' Episode 1683 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bobby Moynihan as Frank and Louis C.K. as Tom during the 'Forgotten TV Gems' skit on May 16, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 204 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Louis C.K. during an interview with host Seth Meyers on May 11, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 18: Creator/writer/actor Louis C.K. speaks onstage during the 'Louie' panel discussion at the FX Networks portion of the Television Critics Association press tour at Langham Hotel on January 18, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 21: Louis CK performs during the Funny Or Die Oddball Comedy Festival at the Austin360 Amphitheater on September 21, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Louis C.K. poses in the press room at the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 10: Louis C.K. performs during the Funny Or Die Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival at Aaron's Amphitheatre on August 10, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0056 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Louis C.K. during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on May 12, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)..
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Louis C.K.' Episode 1657 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mike O'Brien, Louis C.K. -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay attend the 'Blue Jasmine' New York Premiere at MOMA on July 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Louis C.K. attends the 13th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 11, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Louis C.K.' Episode 1626 -- Pictured: (l-r) Fred Armisen, Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan, Louis C.K. -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Louis C.K. poses in the press room at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4277 -- Pictured: Comedian Louis Ck during an interview on June 25, 2012 -- (Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Chris Rock presents award to Louis CK on stage at The Comedy Awards 2012 at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4166 -- Pictured: Comedian Louis CK during an interview on December 14, 2011 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Comedian Louis C.K. speaks onstage at the First Annual Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 30: Presenter Louis C.K. speaks onstage at the Awards Night Ceremony during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival at Racquet Club on January 30, 2010 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images)
Comedian Louis C.K. performs on stage at 'The Nasty Show' during TBS presents A Very Funny Festival: Just For Laughs on June 19, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. 18469_BB_1733.JPG (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)
Comedian Louis C.K. performs at the Comedy Theater during Bonnaroo 2008 on June 14, 2008 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
Chris Rock and Louis CK during 'I Think I Love My Wife' Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc for Variety Magazine)
Louis C.K. during HBO & AEG Live's 'The Comedy Festival' - 'For Adults Only' Hosted by Bob Saget at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
Louis CK during 'Entourage' Season Three New York Premiere - Arrivals at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
Louis C.K. during The 10th Annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival - Behind the Scenes of Pootie Tang at St. Regis Hotel Ballroom in Aspen, Colorado, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2241 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Louis C.K. during an interview with host Jay Leno on April 9, 2002 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Louis C.K. during an interview with host Conan O'Brien on October 11, 1993 (Photo by: Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- Episode 14 -- Pictured: (far right) Robert Smigel and Louis C.K. perform in the 'Conan the ----arian' sketch on September 30, 1993 (Photo by: Lesly Weiner/Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)