COMEDIANS: Divided On Louis CK’s Return to Stand-Up

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We recently reported that Louis C.K. made a surprise stand-up comeback less than a year after admitting to sexual misconduct. He was reportedly welcomed with a standing ovation by the Comedy Cellar crowd. But that doesn’t mean everyone is happy about his return, especially some of his fellow comedians...and the Twitterverse.

Although Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman wasn’t there for C.K.’s comeback set, he tells the New York Times that he was surprised it happened so quickly. Well, so is comedian Aparna Nancherla, whotweeted that the timing goes to show you “how society applauds powerful men for doing less than the minimum decency. Here’s are some of the other comics’ and colleagues’ divided responses:

  • Elayne Boosler isn’t impressed to hear that C.K. reportedly polished off some new material at the comedy club, saying that he hasn’t done anything to deserve forgiveness with a comeback. “Louis CK, the comic knowns for ‘exploring reality,’ last nite ‘performed typical Louis C.K. stuff - racism, waitresses’ tips, parades,’” she writes. “WTF? Well, all bullies are cowards, aren’t they?”
  • Comedy writer and TV producer Owen Ellickson also taps C.K.’s lack of action, since he hasn’t “acknowledged the fifteen years he & his team spent lying, story-killing and (in at least one case) intimidating.” (Which isn't exactly true, by the way...as you'll see HERE)
  • Writer Jason Filiatrault points out that in the past, comics have faced worse backlash after being accused of stealing jokes, rather than performing sexual acts in front of women without their consent. “If Louis CK had stolen jokes, he’d be a pariah,” he notes. “But instead he stole careers and passion and trust from possibly brilliant comedians - women that we’ll never get to hear from - and that is worse. Or should be.”
  • Meanwhile, comedian and actor Michael Ian Black’s take on the situation started trending due to Twitter user’s mixed reactions. He says that he’s “happy” to see Louis C.K. trying at a comeback, regardless of whether it’s “been long enough.” He adds, “People have to be allowed to serve their time and move on with their lives." Though he has walked back some of his comments after being shredded online.
  • He's not alone - "SNL's" Michael Che launched a series of posts on his Instagram story supporting C.K.

Source: Page Six

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