Louis CK performs at the Comedy Cellar, is a comeback on the cards for embattled comic star?
Louis CK was his classic self at his very first comeback as he ranted out about racism and waitress tips.
Louis CK performed for the first time at the Comedy Cellar on Sunday night ever since he was accused by five women for sexual misconduct. The five women have stated that Louis would allegedly masturbate in front of them, and Louis himself did not deny the accusations.
The comedian had appeared at the Comedy Cellar around 11 p.m on Sunday night and performed a 15-minute set. As stated by the owner Noam Dworman, Louis appeared dressed in a black V-neck T-shirt and gray pants as he ranted out some "typical Louis C.K. stuff" on racism, waitress tips, parades, and so on. According to Dworman, "It sounded just like he was trying to work out some new material, almost like any time of the last 10 years he would come in at the beginning of a new act.” He mentioned that the comedian was quite relaxed during his performance as he was greeted with a standing ovation by a huge crowd of 115 people.
Although Dworman was not present at the club during the performance, he managed to watch a tape of the performance. The owner had apparently received a call from an audience member who objected to the surprise performance. "He wished he had known in advance, so he could’ve decided whether to have been there or not." However, as the cellar is known to be the hub for comedians, there were several other artists who had witnessed Louis' comeback. According to the comedian, Mo Amer, who was present during the performance, "it was a wow moment." While he had no idea that Louis would be performing, he exclaimed that his stuff was “like classic Louis, really really good.”
Louis was accused last year by five women, two of the women were the noted comedy duo, Dana Min Goodman, and Julia Wolov. In an article in the New York Times, the duo stated that they were sexually harassed by the comedian after he invited them to his hotel room following a show at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado in 2002. Goodman said in an interview with The New York Times. “He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.” However, unlike most others who deny their deed, Louis accepted his fault in a statement soon after.
It didn't have a good effect on his career though. His production deal with FX Networks was put to an end, and it also led to the cancellation of his film 'I Love You, Daddy' which he wrote, directed and starred in. Considering the kind of backlash which followed, Louis' name has probably been marked in black in the comedy industry. Probably that is why Dworman found himself in a tough situation when it came to allowing Louis' performance. “I understand that some people will be upset with me. I care about my customers very much. Every complaint goes through me like a knife. And I care about doing the right thing.”