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Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 4:02PM EDT
Louis CK joked in his latest standup set that he's been "to hell and back" and "I lost $35 million in an hour"
According to Laughspin, the comedian performed at several New York City comedy clubs last week and finally though obliquely acknowledged his sexual misconduct scandal. “Good to be here even though some of you might not like me,” he said at West Side Comedy Club, according to Laughspin. Host AMarie Castillo told the comedy website: “It’s like he didn’t even skip a beat with the year he had. He was so genuine and reflected on how weird his year was, tried out some new dark and dirty material…Sounds to me he is owning up, acknowledging, and trying to figure it out.”
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel under fire from Padma Lakshmi and others for his comments about Louis CK's comeback and for calling comedy "very democratic"
"If we get into the business of sanitizing every comedian and doing a thorough background check before they walk through the door, it’s going to be a very empty stage," Kimmel said when asked about Louis CK's comeback in a Hollywood Reporter interview announcing Jimmy Kimmel's Comedy Club in Las Vegas. "I think people tend to focus on the one or two people who walk out of a situation like that. Ultimately, the audience decides whether someone is welcomed back." Kimmel also laughed off the idea that comedy clubs should be a "safe space." Padma Lakshmi was among many on Twitter who criticized Kimmel's comments, tweeting: "Love you @jimmykimmel but the comedy community can also evolve their culture so that a known abuser who sexually humiliated women & silenced them for decades isn't welcomed back w/ open arms by @ComedyCellarUSA. I know a lot of standups who are NOT ok with sharing a bill with him. A 'background check' isn't really necessary for someone who openly admitted to masturbating in front of/on the phone to female colleagues for decades. We could just, as a culture and an NYC comedy community say, 'Actually f**k that.'" Kimmel was also criticized for saying, in response to a question about female comedians, that "comedy is very democratic. The people who are great, rise to the top; the people who are good, rise to the middle; and the people who aren’t good, don’t make it." As NPR critic Linda Holmes tweeted in response: "First of all, it's incredibly naive at this point to believe in absolute meritocracy in any endeavor, but to blow off the influences of any kind of discrimination in comedy is ludicrous. Second of all: Right in this same piece, they're talking about CK being given a spot on stage. A spot many people would kill for. Giving him that spot is a specific choice made by a specific person or people. That doesn't just *happen*. There are people who would give him that spot -- people who think his comedy is funny -- and people who don't. The idea that it's like the hot air balloon in The Good Place and you walk near a stage and it turns red or green? That's fake. I hate this depersonalization of the ways that people become famous, get opportunities to remain famous, and get opportunities to recover from stumbles. Those are all choices. It's not an algorithm." William Hughes added that Kimmel's "inner Adam Carolla emerged" in the interview, saying his "declaration against safe spaces is still a pretty f*cked-up thing to hear from a guy who is about to start actively employing people, especially since he just spent his last two responses first deflecting the idea that a club has a responsibility to make sure its employees won’t, say, take their d*ck out in front of other performers backstage, and then refuted any responsibility for making sure his club’s line-up isn’t a lazy parade of shitty-but-funny men. It is, in other words, both a continuation of the comedy club status quo, and a major bummer, especially since Kimmel has positioned himself in recent years as a voice for at least some angles of progressivism, ostensibly far removed from his old 'Girls jumping on trampolines' origins."
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 1:47PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel weighs in on Louis CK as he announces the opening of Jimmy Kimmel's Comedy Club in Las Vegas
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Las Vegas native is partnering with Caesars Entertainment for Jimmy Kimmel's Comedy Club, an 8,000-square-foot space opening in spring 2019 across the street from their hotel. “It was an easy yes,” says Kimmel, noting his family's ties to the city, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Kimmel says that while he plans to bring his talk show to Vegas, it won't be at the club. "We’d probably do it in a much bigger theater, but this club will definitely be a part of our show in a variety of ways," he says. The Hollywood Reporter asked, since he's opening a comedy club, about his thoughts on New York City's Comedy Cellar allowing Louis CK to perform. "If we get into the business of sanitizing every comedian and doing a thorough background check before they walk through the door, it’s going to be a very empty stage," he said with a laugh. "I think people tend to focus on the one or two people who walk out of a situation like that. Ultimately, the audience decides whether someone is welcomed back." Kimmel was also asked if he'll use his venue to champion more female comics. "Comedy is very democratic," he says. "The people who are great, rise to the top; the people who are good, rise to the middle; and the people who aren’t good, don’t make it. We want to get a lot of very funny people, and we want to give new comics an opportunity to work. I don’t focus on their gender or their skin color. I’d never want a woman to think that the reason she’s booked to be on stage at a club is because she’s a woman. The reason she’ll be booked to be on stage is because she’s funny."
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 7:13PM EDT
Comedy Cellar owner: Why I allowed Louis CK to return for another surprise set
Source: Rolling Stone
“I don’t know what else to do,” said Noam Dworman of CK's surprise second appearance at his comedy club on Sunday night. Dworman declined to say whether or not he ever considered the option of disinviting CK from performing at his club in the first place when asked by Rolling Stone. “I’ve thought about this from every angle, and have sought a lot of outside advice to try to guide me," said Dworman, adding: “The one complaint that I felt I didn’t have a good answer for, was customers who came who felt ambushed. One option was to put (CK) on the line-up, but for practical reasons that won’t work, so I decided the next thing to do was to have this policy and give customers notice.”
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 4:56AM EDT
Louis CK's second return may be proof of a "nonchalant reintroduction into the cultural bloodstream"
When Louis CK generated outrage in the aftermath of his surprise return to standup comedy at the Comedy Cellar in late August, Christina Cauterucci predicted that his comeback without any fanfare, apology, statements or interviews about what he’d learned in his time away would probably be the model for some men disgraced by the #MeToo movement. "The more likely route to reputation renovation will simply be nonchalant reintroduction into the cultural bloodstream, little by little, like routine allergy shots that cause a milder reaction with each prick," she wrote. As Matthew Dessum points out, "it appears that CK is taking precisely this route, returning to the Comedy Cellar to give the public one of his trademark surprise pricks about a month after the last one." CK's return to the Comedy Cellar on Sunday night, five weeks after his first comeback, may have reportedly prompted two women to walk out, but he was greeted with "wild applause" and left with a "warm send-off," according to The New York Times. The Hollywood Reporter obtained audio of the audience's reaction, and there was a lot of cheering and whistling. It's unclear at this point if CK's comeback will generate the same level of outrage as his first comeback.
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 6:35PM EDT
Louis CK performed at the Comedy Cellar again last night, resulting in two women walking out
Source: Page Six
“He went on around midnight,” a source tells Page Six. “A few women walked out. He didn’t address (the #MeToo allegations against him). He was a little arrogant … he made some comment like, ‘I’ve been off for a while, ‘cause everyone needs a break.’” According to Gothamist, CK received "a pretty enthusiastic reception" and that the people walking out received a refund, per the Comedy Cellar's new policy. Gothamist reported that Aziz Ansari also performed at the Comedy Cellar last night.
Posted Thursday 9/27/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Kanye West says he wanted Louis CK to host SNL this week
West, who is this week's Saturday Night Live musical guest with host Adam Driver, expressed his preference for the comedian during a visit to the offices of The Fader.
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 6:40PM EDT
Comedian Ted Alexandro used Louis CK's comeback venue to crack jokes at his expense
Alexandro posted video today of his standup set from earlier this month at the Comedy Cellar, where he targeted CK and the applause he received at the venue last month. He also went after Bill Cosby and the comedians who are defensive about the #MeToo movement. “What’s with this PC culture, it’s suffocating, right?” asked Alexandro. “Do you want to live in a world where a man can’t politely ask a colleague if he can take off all his clothes and masturbate to completion?”
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
Chelsea Handler on Louis CK and Aziz Ansari's comeback attempts: "They have to address what happened"
"People want to talk about it,” the comedian tells The Huffington Post. “You can’t just ignore and throw it under the rug. You have to talk about what you’ve learned, where you’ve come from and where you are now.” She added: “I think that’s the issue everyone has with it and why it’s such a big deal. You can’t just come back and act like nothing happened ― you did a bad thing ― depending on which person you’re talking about. It’s about taking responsibility, ultimately.”
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Jerry Seinfeld on his pal Louis CK: “It’s his thing to figure out the path"
“I don’t know the path to take," Seinfeld told Variety during a charity benefit last night in New York City, when asked about his recent comeback attempt from his sexual misconduct scandal.
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Norm Macdonald: The Tonight Show wanted me to apologize for my controversial #MeToo comments
Macdonald detailed to Howard Stern this morning how he ended up being dropped from last night's Tonight Show at the last minute following outrage over his interview with The Hollywood Reporter in which he portrayed Louis CK and Roseanne Barr as victims. According to TVLine, Macdonald said when he arrived at his dressing room, Tonight Show producers made it clear that Fallon would have to acknowledge his comments, and they urged him to apologize at the beginning of his appearance. Then Fallon himself stopped by and asked, “How should we play this?” Macdonald agreed to address the comments at the end of the interview. But Macdonald said Fallon's producers didn't like that idea, adding that they were "crying" over the idea of letting him appear on-air. “He was very broken up about it, he didn’t want this,” Macdonald said to Stern. “Jimmy said, ‘Come back whenever you want, but I think it will hurt the show tonight,'” Macdonald said, adding: “I said, ‘Jimmy, that’s the last thing I want to do, is hurt your show.” Macdonald said he understood where Fallon was coming from. “Part of the reason I love (Jimmy) is because he does nothing about the news," said Macdonald. "He’s just a song-and-dance man. He’s not a political comedian.” Macdonald, who apologized on Twitter for his comments after the cancelation, also explained to Stern that "I’m totally behind the #MeToo movement," adding that he wasn't saying what Roseanne and Louis CK have experienced "was way worse than what victims went through. What the victims went through is horrible.”
- The Tonight Show's cancelation is a reminder of how safe Fallon plays it: "Navigating complex issues presented by Macdonald’s dust-up — without fear of embarrassment — requires a host with intellectual heft, a broad sensibility and courage to confront. Jimmy Fallon has yet to prove he bears such qualities," says Colby Hall, adding: "As we saw last night, Mr. Fallon hides from the task of confronting meaningful topics moving the public discourse."
- Macdonald told Stern he was confused during his Hollywood Reporter interview because "I'm a dumb f*cking guy"
- Macdonald's "apology" was a bunch of words resembling an apology, but meant nothing at all
- Macdonald says The Comedy Cellar should give women traumatized by Louis CK's surprise standup $200 each: "I think they could get through the trauma if they were paid $200 and could buy some nice shoes."
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Norm Macdonald apologizes for "minimizing the pain" of Louis CK and Roseanne Barr's victims
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Roseanne and Louis have both been very good friends of mine for many years," Macdonald tweeted on Tuesday evening, hours after his controversial #MeToo comments were published in The Hollywood Reporter. "They both made terrible mistakes and I would never defend their actions. If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry." Macdonald said in The Hollywood Reporter interview promoting his new Netflix show, "well, Louis and Roseanne are the two people I know. And Roseanne was so broken up (after her show’s reboot was canceled) that I got Louis to call her, even though Roseanne was very hard on Louis before that. But she was just so broken and just crying constantly. There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, 'What about the victims?' But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that." ALSO: Macdonald doesn't seem to realize that second chances are earned. UPDATE: The Tonight Show canceled Macdonald's appearance Tuesday, saying in a statement: “Out of sensitivity to our audience and in light of Norm Macdonald’s comments in the press today, The Tonight Show has decided to cancel his appearance on Tuesday’s telecast."
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
Norm Macdonald questions the #MeToo movement, reveals he had Louis CK phone Roseanne Barr after her firing
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Macdonald tells The Hollywood Reporter "I'm happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit," pointing to Chris Hardwick, whom he says, "I really thought got the blunt end of the stick there." Macdonald, who previously said murderers get more sympathy than Louis CK, says the lack of forgiveness in the #MeToo movement is a major flaw. "The model used to be admit wrongdoing, show complete contrition, and then we give you a second chance," he says. "Now it's admit wrongdoing and you're finished. And so the only way to survive is to deny, deny, deny. That's not healthy — that there is no forgiveness. I do think that at some point it will end with a completely innocent person of prominence sticking a gun in his head and ending it. That's my guess. I know a couple of people this has happened to." He also reveals that since he had Louis CK phone Roseanne Barr, whom he worked for on Roseanne, after she was fired for her racist tweet. "Roseanne was so broken up (after her firing) that I got Louis to call her, even though Roseanne was very hard on Louis before that," says Macdonald. "But she was just so broken and just crying constantly. There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, 'What about the victims?' But you know what? The victims didn't have to go through that." What did Roseanne and Louis CK talk about? "They both said they had a good conversation and were just giving any advice you could give to each other," says Macdonald. "There would be no way for me to even understand that advice, because who has ever gone through such a thing? All their work in their entire life being wiped out in a single day, a moment."
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
Norm Macdonald thinks some murderers get more sympathy than Louis CK
Source: Page Six
“It’s weird that you can commit murder and go to prison and do your time and then everybody goes, ‘He’s done his time, he deserves to work, how dare you treat him as less than you just because he murdered a guy,’ because he did his penance for it. And yet the Twitter mob, there is no sentence for it,” Macdonald tells Forbes. “But I think we’re going to return to reason and realize you shouldn’t ban a person for life for doing something that you couldn’t even put him in prison for.”
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Netflix execs are silent on a Louis CK comeback, but they address concerns over the lack of black female comedians and too many comedy specials
Source: The New York Times
The New York Times' comedy critic Jason Zinoman sat down with Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s vice president of original documentary and comedy programming, and Robbie Praw, the director of original stand-up comedy. When he asked about the potential of Louis CK returning with a new standup special, Zinoman reported that they paused to reflect for a minute before a publicist said they wouldn't be able to answer. They also addressed concerns over the lack of black female comedians with Netflix specials in 2017 and 2018. When asked if Netflix has a responsibility to do better, Praw said: “I think we have a responsibility, but it’s also what our members want.” The next day, Praw emailed Zinoman saying that having so few black women standup specials has been a failure. Since their talk, Netflix has signed Tiffany Haddish and Wanda Sykes to do standup specials. As for whether Netflix is oversaturating the market by putting out too many standup specials, Praw said: “We would never look at musicians and say let’s put out 10 albums this year." ALSO: Netflix's silence about Louis CK's return is concerning.