- Comedian Louis C.K., who was accused and admitted to masturbating in front of multiple women last year, has joked about it on stage.
- LaughSpin reports that C.K. addressed his fall after the sexual misconduct controversy during a set at West Side Comedy Club in New York City.
- C.K. joked that after the story was published, he “lost $US35 million in an hour.”
Comedian Louis C.K. is making jokes on stage about his sexual misconduct, which he says lost him $US35 million in an hour.
In November 2017, The New York Times published a report with accounts from five women who detailed interactions with C.K. from the 1990s to 2005 in which they said he masturbated in front of them or, in one case, did so during a phone call. One woman in the story said that it discouraged her from pursuing a career in comedy.
As the allegations surfaced, C.K.’s FX show, “Louie,” was canceled. The release of Louis C.K.’s controversial movie, “I Love You, Daddy,” was canceled, HBO cut ties with the comedian, and Netflix canceled a planned comedy special.
Now, C.K. is including his sexual misconduct in his stand up. According to LaughSpin, C.K. has performed the set a couple times at New York City comedy clubs including Caroline’s.
Here is an image of C.K. on stage at the West Side Comedy Club, posted tby AMarie Costello, the comedian who introduced him:
— AMarie (@Part_Time_Bro) October 11, 2018
During the set at West Side Comedy Club, C.K. joked that after the allegations he admitted were true surfaced, he “lost $US35 million in an hour.” A comedian on the line-up said that C.K. said he’s “been to hell and back.”
Costello said on Twitter that introducing C.K. was one of her top five favourite moments on stage. “It’s like he didn’t even skip a beat with the year he had,” Costello said. “He was so genuine and reflected on how weird his year was, tried out some new dark and dirty material … Sounds to me he is owning up, acknowledging, and trying to figure it out.”
This isn’t the first time C.K. has appeared on stage since the story surfaced. In August, C.K. made a surprise appearance at the Comedy Cellar, a popular comedy club in New York City. People at the show told Vulture that he was greeted with a standing ovation, that he did not address the sexual misconduct, and that he made a “disturbing” joke about a rape whistle.
Contrary to the Vulture report, Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman told INSIDER in an email that C.K. didn’t receive a standing ovation that night. He reportedly told Vulture after hearing audio of the performance that the comedian received “a real ovation.”
About a month later, C.K. made another appearance at the Comedy Cellar.
This story was updated to reflect Dworman’s comments.
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