Louis C.K. made a surprise appearance at an iconic New York City comedy club over the weekend to perform his first stand-up set since being accused of sexual misconduct previous year, The New York Times reported.
He delivered a 15-minute performance on Sunday that the comedy club's owner, Noam Dworman, told the Times consisted of "typical Louis C.K. stuff".
Dworman added that C.K. was "very relaxed" and the sold-out audience of about 115 responded well to his appearance, including an ovation before he even performed.
Others pointed out that comics who were accused of stealing jokes, like Dane Cook (who was of accused lifting from C.K. himself, which they acknowledged on "Louie"), faced longer backlash than C.K. did for masturbating in front of women without consent. I had thought that the first time he'd go on would be in a more controlled environment. However, Dworman said he also received several follow-up emails from attendees expressing their delight that Louis C.K. took the stage.More news: Pochettino goal treat as Spurs humble Mourinho's United 3-0
If C.K. accuser Rebecca Corry's account is any indication, the most severe punishment is reserved for the victims who speak out against abuse, not the powerful abuser themselves. "And I care about doing the right thing", continued Dworman. He released a statement in which he said, "These stories are true".
There was also anger directed at the Comedy Cellar for allowing C.K. a stage to perform so soon following his admission of sexual misconduct. But he chose to just rip the Band-Aid off'.
Despite this, the comedian was greeted with a standing ovation as he made his return to stand-up nine months after the scandal. Condemnation soared as news traveled about Louis C.K.'s performance.
On social media, however, reaction to CK's return seemed mostly negative, particularly from other comedians. He did not address the scandal which prompted him to "step back" from his career last November.