Now that the ball has dropped and we've opened our 2013 calendars, most of us will probably spend the coming weekend going through receipts and figuring out when to file our taxes. (Those who owe will wait, those who expect to get a refund have already called their accountant.)

With the New England Patriots thankfully securing a first-round bye in the National Football League playoffs, those of us looking for something to do this weekend will either be at the movies or catching some live entertainment.

There isn't much happening locally this weekend, save for durable Charlie Farren at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, N.H., on Saturday night and the timeless Johnny Winter at Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley on Sunday night.

But that's not to say there's nothing to do this weekend. Not by a longshot.

Anyone who got some extra holiday cash in their stocking would be well-advised to check out white-hot comedian Louis C.K. as he's doing an impressive three-night stand at Symphony Hall in Boston, with two shows each night for a whopping six shows spread among Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Born Louis Szekely, the 45-year-old Louis C.K. (which is a lot easier to pronounce than his Hungarian surname, for sure) is a Boston native, having graduated from Newton North High School before moving to Manhattan in 1989.

He got writing gigs on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Chris Rock Show, which earned him three Emmy nominations, winning for "Best Writing in a Variety or Comedy Series" in 1999.


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If you are only familiar with him from his guest-hosting gig on Saturday Night Live earlier this season, which featured a hilarious monologue and a great pretaped sketch which saw Louis C.K. pretend he was Abraham Lincoln, morphing the Steven Spielberg movie with his hilarious FX show, trust me, he's even funnier live.

I had the chance to catch him a few summers ago at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom and he had the sellout room rolling from the moment he stepped onstage. His standup material often comes from his life experiences as a single father, but it goes to places you wouldn't normally expect. He had a bit at the Hampton Beach show about his daughter seeing a unicorn that had the room laughing for several minutes.

When he went back onstage in 2010 after taking 18 months off during his divorce, he went through intense physical training to get back in shape, including sparring sessions with Lowell's Micky Ward.

Suffice to say, no matter how much life knocks Louis C.K. down, he's getting back up, just like Ward.

Ed Hannan can be reached at edhannan@gmail.com or through his For the Record blog at blogs.lowellsun.com/fortherecord. You can also follow him on Twitter @SunFTRblog or like our For the Record blog page on Facebook.