Actor and Comedian Louis C.K. made a surprise appearance on Sunday night in the New York Comedy Cellar, his first appearance since confessing to sexual abuse nine months ago. While the audience greeted him with a standing ovation, celebrities and comic colleagues slammed his return to the stand-up circle.
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After The New York Times CK, 50, took the stage for a 15-minute filming on 23 pm, performing for one sold out amount of about 115 people. The Louie star was "very relaxed" in a black V-neck shirt and gray pants, club owner Noam Dworman told the Times . He did not mention the allegations against him and instead worked his way through "typical Louis C.K stuff" such as racism, parades and gratuities for waitresses.
"It sounded like he was trying to work out new material," Dworman said. "Almost as in any time of the last 10 years, he would come in at the beginning of a new act."
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And for comedians who have lost time on the well-known comedy basement stage, the problem is just that. His comeback, as some call it, suggests that despite his actions, nothing has changed for his career. Here are the celebrities say Louis C.K. should disappear again.
The stand-up comedian Kathy Griffin objected to the "Boys Club", the C.K. back on stage so fast
Top Chef Presenter and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi took the opportunity to encourage her fans to support other lesser-known comedians, especially women and black people CK
Elayne Boosler, one of the first women to have built a successful comedy career, implicated CK as a "bullies" and a "coward."
Chuck Wendig, a popular comic book author, shared the C.K. was once "one of [his] favorite comedians," but exclaimed the hypocrisy of his jokes about "white clothes."
Ian Carmel, principal author of The Late Late Show with James Corden, worried about what could mean CK's return for women in the workplace.
Another facet of the controversy arose when comedian Michael Ian Black tweeted in favor of CK's behavior and admitted that he did not know if CK had "served his time" but was glad to see him try.
One of the first to respond was former Roseanne star Tom Arnold. The actor and comedian joked that Black would try to help out-of-favor former presenter Matt Lauer.
The New York Times reported CK's behavior in an November article in which five women, including comedians Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, and Rebecca Corry, described their alleged experiences with him that he masturbates in front of them without their consent. The next day, C.K. He responded with a long statement in which he acknowledged that "these stories are true."
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He added, "The biggest regret you have to live with is what you did to hurt someone else and I can barely turn my head the pain that I have inflicted on them … I have spent my long and happy career talking and saying whatever I want, I will step back now and take a long time to listen. "
Since then parted FX banded with CK, whose shows Louie and Better Things were broadcast on the net. C. K. was also dropped by all its representatives, while Netflix canceled an upcoming stand-up special and HBO erased all its content from his library. Orchard also canceled the release of his film I Love She Daddy – though C.K. bought back the rights to the title.