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Louis C.K. Reveals the Dirtiest Joke He Ever Got on Late-Night TV

On Seth Meyers last night, Louis C.K. reminisced about his days writing for Late Night in the ’90s, when Conan O’Brien was its host. As a young comedian, C.K. made a goal of getting the most off-color joke possible onto the air. Spoiler alert: this joke contained a “pearl necklace” reference, which got past the censors because many members of the staff didn’t understand what the phrase meant. Lucky for C.K., neither did a good part of last night’s audience. “That’s about a 40 percent understanding what the joke means,” he said, looking out at the crowd. He clarifies: “No, I would not have been excited to get a joke on the air about jewelry.”