Louis CK, Shunned After Admitting Sexual Misconduct, Makes Tentative Return to Stage

Oscar Cross
August 29, 2018

Comedian Louis C.K. made a surprise appearance at the New York City club Comedy Cellar on Sunday night, marking his first stand-up performance since five women leveled sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Twitter user Seth Simons shared a list of Comedy Cellar performers and said comedians performing at the famous NY comedy spot had the "power to make it clear that Louis CK's return is not acceptable".

According to Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman, Louis C.K. declined to mention the sexual misconduct scandal in his 15-minute set.

Despite the audience giving Louis a standing ovation, Dworman said at least one member of the crowd called the club to complain and many voiced their opinions on social media, as well.

He later admitted Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov's story was true, saying: 'At the time, I said to myself that what I did was OK because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true'. FX Networks canceled their production deal with him as a result, and the released of the film that he wrote, produced and starred in, "I Love You, Daddy" was canceled. Long enough? Indulging that conversation gives credence to the people who talk ambiguously about amends with no honest consideration of what it takes to make them - who can not conceive of any worse punishment than being denied the work that they have decided is their birthright.

The Comedy Cellar is legendary, and is also the comedy club that C.K. has been frequenting for a decade.

"I understand that some people will be upset with me".

But, he told the Times, "there can't be a permanent life sentence on someone who does something wrong".

The women claimed the comedian either masturbated in front of them or asked permission to do so. He says he performed "typical Louis C.K. stuff". Many users feel that returning so soon - or even at all - is unfair to the many women whose lives he destroyed with his unwanted sexual advances. "And I care about doing the right thing". See some of the outraged reaction to C.K.'s live return below.

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