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Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 9:21PM EST
Is Louis CK’s former manager Dave Becky getting a pass?
Becky -- who manages big comedy names like Aziz Ansari, Amy Poehler, Kevin Hart, Bill Burr and Hannibal Buress while also producing comedy shows like Broad City -- “so far has faced negligible consequences” for his involvement in Louis CK’s sexual harassment scandal, says Seth Simons. Only Pamela Adlon has fired him. “To be clear, none of these people are responsible for Becky’s conduct, as they are certainly not responsible for CK’s,” says Simon. “They don’t have to say anything, they don’t have to do anything.” But, he adds, “powerful men don’t give up power on their own. Other powerful people must use their power, the same power that gives Becky his, to make it happen. It is on Dave Becky’s clients and his colleagues to hold him accountable. “
Posted Tuesday 12/05/17 at 9:36PM EST
Abbi and Ilana were upset to learn a Broad City producer tried to silence Louis CK's accusers
Louis CK’s former manager Dave Becky, who apologized after he was accused of intimidating and silencing CK’s victims, has an executive producer credit on the Comedy Central series. The credit is due to his position as manager of Amy Poehler, who was responsible for making Broad City happen. Speaking to EW Radio, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer discussed Becky’s connection to the show. “It’s definitely something that we’re figuring out right now,” said Jacobson. “He’s not our manager. And he’s been a producer on the show through Amy from the beginning. And it’s like this upsetting thing to find out his involvement in the whole thing, so it’s definitely something that we’re constantly talking about right now.” Glazer added: “We take accountability for using this white dude power to get our show on TV. We’re accountable for that. We’re not accountable for (Louis CK’s) actions, for Becky’s actions, but we’re accountable for using his power to get our show on TV.” ALSO: Abbi and Ilana weren’t allowed to call President Trump a “sexual assaulting steak salesman.”
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 2:27PM EST
Jon Stewart was “stunned” by Louis CK’s sexual harassment of women, says he could’ve done more
In a Today interview this morning, Stewart also addressed his brushing off of a questioner last year who asked about the Louis CK rumors. “I’ve had friends who have compulsions and have done things, gambling, or drinking, or drugs, and some of them have died," he said. "And you always find yourself back to a moment of, did I miss something? Could I have done more? And in this situation, I think we all could have." ALSO: Which comedian will follow Pamela Adlon's lead and fire Louis CK's ex-manager Dave Becky?
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 7:34PM EST
Louis CK’s former manager apologizes for “perceived cover-up”
Dave Becky, whose clients include Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari and Kevin Hart, denied threatening two female comedians in last week’s New York Times bombshell. Today, he apologized and tried to explain that he thought the two female comedians, Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, were spreading a rumor about an extramarital affair with Louis CK, not that he had sexually harassed them. “I profoundly regret and am deeply sorry for not listening to and not understanding what happened to Dana and Julia,” he wrote. “If I had, I would have taken this event as seriously as it deserved to be, and I would have confronted Louis, which would have been the right thing to do.” UPDATE: Pamela Adlon dropped Becky as her manager over the weekend.
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 7:57AM EST
Marc Maron: Louis CK denied the sexual misconduct rumors to me, and “I believed my friend”
“I knew what most people knew,” Maron said at the beginning of Monday’s WTF podcast episode, in addressing his longtime friend Louis CK's sexual misconduct revelations. Maron said he didn’t know the extent of his friend’s behavior until reading about it in The New York Times last week. Yet Maron said he once did broach the subject with Louis CK, asking about the published rumors, and CK would respond: "No, it's not true. It's not real. it's a rumor," Maron also pressed him on why he didn’t try to put a halt to the rumors. Maron pointed out that he knew one of the accusers, Rebecca Corey, but she never told him about her experience. The problem, he said, is that for women, “there was no place for them to go with these stories. It's f*cking sad.” Maron admitted his guilt and “man brain” with not having empathy for what women have experienced when it comes to harassment. Maron also revealed that he, too, was the victim of sexual harassment in college when a male teacher kissed him on the lips after they went to lunch. “My body went into paralysis,” he said of the experience. “It was almost like a leaving the body kind of moment… I felt bad, and I carried that confusion and shame for a while.” Maron said he won’t apologize for Louis CK’s behavior, but he’s sticking by him as a friend. “I’m disappointed in my friend,” said Maron. “He did some gross sh*t. Some damaging sh*t…He f*cked up, and he’s in big f*cking trouble. So what am I going to do? I’m going to be his friend.”
- Jon Stewart and Robert Smigel issued a statement on their friend Louis CK: “It’s obviously very upsetting, and we hope the victims are finding some solace. We’re thankful that the culture’s finally changing and allowing them to feel safe enough to speak out.”
- Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari and other comedians are still with Dave Becky, Louis CK’s (now) ex-manager, who is accused of trying to silence CK's victims.
- While Poehler and Ansari sharing a manager with Louis CK isn’t a crime, their silence on his behavior is particularly glaring
Posted Friday 11/10/17 at 2:47AM EST
Louis CK inspired many TV shows, but FX’s Louie should no longer be referenced as an inspiration
The allegations against Louis CK, says Matt Zoller Seitz, “constitute a form of betrayal, against an audience that trusts artists to make edgy, even unlikable work, and gives them the benefit of the doubt when they wade into the deepest, darkest parts of their imagination.” He adds that Louis CK’s art is still significant. But like in the case of Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK’s entire body of work has been "retroactively contaminated" by the accusations. “Some of the most fascinating current half-hour series,” adds Seitz, “including Atlanta, High Maintenance, Insecure, You’re the Worst, and the Louis CK-co-produced One Mississippi and Better Things might not have existed if the FX series Louie hadn’t done for the half-hour comedy what Lenny Bruce’s routines did for standup 60 years ago. ‘Sort of like Louie, but with X’ used to be a formulation for TV writers pitching new shows. But some other shows will have to be cited as comparison points for the time being, or going forward.”
- Now is not the time to talk about Louis CK’s art: Louis CK’s brand is to tell stories that are taboo and shameful, says Emily Nussbaum. “As it turns out, other people have those stories, too. As far as I’m concerned, before we talk about art, we should listen to them. And we should talk about something else, something bigger, that extends far beyond today’s news story: we should talk about the many ways in which comedy itself (in sitcoms, in standup, on the tour scene) is a deeply sexist world, and not only because some people within it act in predatory ways.”
- Jezebel details how it and Gawker pursued the Louis CK story for years -- and were criticized for chasing "rumors"
- Louis CK “was so convincing as a guy who was already so disappointed in himself that there was no need for us to be disappointed in him too.”
- Louis CK had a "powerful army of celebrity enablers": "Over the years, I’ve asked a number of famous male comedians about the allegations against Louis CK," says Marlow Stern, "which have been widely known since a 2012 Gawker story titled, 'Which Beloved Comedian Likes to Force Female Comics to Watch Him Jerk Off?' They’ve all either declined to comment or, in the case of Jim Gaffigan, went off the record to share their thoughts on the matter. Only a handful of brave female comics were willing to shine a spotlight on C.K.’s alleged abuse," including Roseanne and Tig Notaro.
- The only bad option is to stop thinking about Louie: “The revelations, as damning as they are, don't make the show worthless, though they do make it a very different kind of document,” says Willa Paskin. “It’s no longer an honest consideration of a man and all his foibles, but a dissembling, secretive one—which might, in a way, make it even truer than it was before.
- Louis CK manager Dave Becky -- who denies threatening CK's accusers -- produced Broad City and represents Amy Poehler, Issa Rae and Maya Rudolph, as well as Aziz Ansari, Hannibal Buress and Kevin Hart.
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 3:42PM EST
Five women accuse Louis CK of Sexual Misconduct
In an extensive report, The New York Times details the stories of five women who describe upsetting experiences with the comedian. In it, Courteney Cox and David Arquette confirm one incident. In 2005, they served as producers on a pilot in which Louis CK, a guest star, allegedly masturbated in front of one of the actresses, comedian Rebecca Corry. “What happened to Rebecca on that set was awful,” Cox said in an email to the New York Times, adding that she felt “outrage and shock.” Another woman alleged that when she worked on The Chris Rock Show, Louis CK, one of the writers, also masturbated in front of her. According to The Times, the women accusing Louis CK of sexual misconduct feared career repercussions. But his manager, Dave Becky, says he "never threatened anyone." Meanwhile, Louis CK's publicist, Lewis Kay, said "Louis is not going to answer any questions" about the allegations. (Interestingly, Lewis Kay also represents Erin Andrews, who was a victim of sexual misconduct.)