Louis C.K., the actor and comedian, has a knack for finding humor in unexpected places.

This week, that place is New York City Hall.

In what sounds like the setup for an absurdist comedy sketch, Louis C.K. is http://scottygotanofficejob.com spending two days shadowing Mayor Bill de Blasio, traveling in the mayor's official S.U.V. and observing his activities as research for an unspecified project.

It has not been the most glamorous itinerary. The comedian was first spotted at a meeting of an obscure state budget board, where Mr. de Blasio was giving a talk on city finance. He spent the afternoon exploring the mayor's offices at City Hall, as reporters jostled for a glimpse of him.

Could the comedian share any details about his work? "I can't, because I don't know what it is yet," Louis C.K. said in a brief interview in Brownsville, Brooklyn, on Tuesday night, where he had joined Mr. de Blasio for a community policing rally. "I'm just messing around with something, and we'll see what happens."

But he clarified that the project was not related to "Louie," his long-running cable series, which often tackles the quirks of living in New York. "It's for a possible new idea," the comedian said. "I have no idea if it's going to happen."

Dressed inconspicuously in a black shirt and jeans, Louis C.K. dived in and out of the Brownsville crowd to stay close to Mr. de Blasio, snapping photos with a Leica camera and scribbling notes in a battered Mead notebook.

"He's a nice guy," Louis C.K. said of the mayor. "And he's been really accommodating. So hopefully I'm not bothering him."

The men met last year and have collaborated once before, in a skit at a charity dinner in which Louis C.K. played the living embodiment of the mayor's id.

Mr. de Blasio seemed pleased with the company, telling reporters, "There's a lot of comedy at City Hall." But a mayoral spokesman clarified that there would be at least one limit on the comedian's access: Louis C.K. would not be sleeping over in Gracie Mansion.

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