Comedian Louis C.K. performed a surprise set at New York City's Comedy Cellar on Monday night, The New York Times reports, making his first return to stage since he admitted to charges of sexual misconduct waged against him by women in comedy.
The New York Times is reporting that C.K. appeared around 11:00 p.m. on Sunday night at the Greenwich Village club, according to its owner, Noam Dworman. Though C.K. has been known to mine his personal life for material, he did not, apparently, mention last year's sexual misconduct allegations, instead sticking to what the Times described as his typical fodder: "racism, waitresses' tips, parades".
In November of a year ago, five women came forward in the pages of The New York Times about how the comedian masturbated in front of them. 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. It can not be the same punishment for a man who humiliated and gaslit women, sexually harassing them at work, isolating them and non-consensually masturbating in front of them.
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"Comedy writer and TV producer Owen Ellickson claimed that C.K. hadn't actually made amends for how deeply his offenses allegedly went within the comedy community, tweeting, "... he HASN'T acknowledged the fifteen years he & his team spent lying, story-killing and (in at least one case) intimidating". Other patrons sent emails saying they were happy to see Louis C.K. make a surprise appearance. Every complaint goes through me like a knife. "There can't be a permanent life sentence on someone who does something wrong", Dworman told the Times after his Sunday set, echoing identical comments he made to The Hollywood Reporter in April.
"I will now step back and take a long time to listen", he said at the time.
News of CK's return to the Comedy Cellar, where he would often work through material, drew criticism on Twitter. Nevertheless, he didn't expect Louis C.K.to perform again so soon.