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Posted Tuesday 1/22/19 at 7:30PM EST
Louis CK's former manager won't have an executive producer credit on Broad City's final season
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer agreed with Dave Becky to have his name removed after he was accused of assisting Louis CK in helping to cover up sexual misconduct allegations against the disgraced comedian. Becky's production company, 3 Arts Entertainment, will continue to have a producing credit. Becky, whose clients include Amy Poehler, Kevin Hart and Aziz Ansari, remains credited as a producer on shows like Forever, Making It, I Feel Bad and the upcoming Netflix series Russian Doll.
Posted Tuesday 1/22/19 at 3:55PM EST
Louis CK books gigs in two more cities
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The controversial comedian is scheduled three more dates with advanced notice. He's scheduled to perform in North Carolina on Wednesday and in Pittsburgh on Thursday and Friday. Last week, CK performed in San Jose, his first gig that took place with days of advanced notice since his sexual misconduct scandal.
Posted Thursday 1/17/19 at 1:18PM EST
Louis CK unapologetic in his latest show: “I like to jerk off, and I don’t like being alone"
Source: The Daily Beast
The disgraced comedian received a standing ovation at San Jose Improv last night in his first standup performance since his sexual misconduct scandal that was announced days beforehand. About 30 protesters showed up, including one man who was punched in the face after yelling at ticket-holders through a bullhorn. The Daily Beast reports that CK wasted no time addressing his sexual harassment controversy. "You’ve read the worst possible things you could read about a person, about me, and you’re here," he said. He later addressed his Parkland joke controversy. “If you ever need people to forget that you jerked off, what you do is you make a joke about kids that got shot,” he said. He later received a lot of groans joking about 9/11. "There was none of that old charming self-deprecation on display in this show," says The Daily Beast's Stacey Solie. "There were a lot of tired jokes, including one that sparked loud criticism after his previous show about black men having large d*cks, and Asian men having small ones “because they’re all women.” San Jose improv hired additional security for CK's performance, one of three scheduled this week. Audience members were also required to put their phones in sealed cases so that they wouldn't be able to record CK's performance.
Posted Wednesday 1/16/19 at 10:16PM EST
San Jose improv defends booking Louis CK
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Protesters are planning to descend on the comedy club tonight and Thursday after it booked the disgraced comedian and announced his gig days in advance. “We see comedy as the final frontier and we don’t censor artists. We want them to perform without scrutiny," San Jose Improv said in a statement. "We trust that our audiences can decide for themselves what their limits are. We understand that not everyone will agree with our decision and we respect their right to protest. We also respect Louis CK’s right to perform.” UPDATE: About 30 protesters showed up in the rain, chanting "Shame!" and "San Jose, not Man Jose."
Posted Wednesday 1/16/19 at 5:17AM EST
Protesters plan to descend on Louis CK's San Jose performances
Source: NBC Bay Area
The disgraced comedian is performing with days of advanced notice, for the first time since his sexual misconduct scandal, on Wednesday and Thursday night at the San Jose Improv. In response, the San Jose-based Enough is Enough Voter Project and San Jose Women's March say they are organizing a protest against CK. Both shows quickly sold out.
Posted Tuesday 1/15/19 at 4:41PM EST
SNL alum Sasheer Zamata slams Louis CK's Parkland bit, then reworks it on stage
Zamata said in a recent five-minute rant about CK's act that she has no problem with comedians saying whatever they want, but there needs to be a real take. “You can’t just get up onstage and say blatantly racist, transphobic, victim-blaming statements without a punch line! Like, who are you — all of our uncles?” she said, according to Splitsider.
Posted Tuesday 1/15/19 at 5:58AM EST
Louis CK's performances this week come with an advanced warning: "XXX Adults only"
The San Jose Improv is the latest comedy club to pre-announce a CK standup gig. The controversial comedian is scheduled to perform two nights this week, on Wednesday and Thursday. "Louis CK is trying new material. XXX Adults only," the comedy club announced. Both nights are already sold out.
Posted Friday 1/11/19 at 6:19PM EST
Janeane Garofalo defends her friend Louis CK in a heated podcast interview: "Leave Louis CK alone"
"Enough with that," Garofalo said on the Poptarts podcast. "And again, there are so many issues we gotta be motivated on. He’s been my friend — and I stand by that — he’s been my friend since 1985, and I think he has suffered. And when he performs at the Comedy Cellar and people get all irate, if nothing else, care about his daughters. If nothing else — if you can find no compassion for him, which I think you should — think about how his daughters, who hear all of this stuff, feel. Why don’t you leave him alone for them if you’re so women-empowering?” The interview became intense after she brought up CK's daughters. When podcast hosts Emily Rems and Callie Watts challenged Garofalo, she responded that they didn't know the full story and that their their pointing out that Louis CK took out his penis was wrong. "I do think there is a point where somebody stops kicking people when they’re down," she said. "It doesn’t matter what the gender is. It doesn’t. This isn’t about male or female."
Posted Thursday 1/10/19 at 1:34PM EST
Louis CK to perform tonight in Albany in a rare pre-announced gig
Source: News 10
The disgraced comedian has been mostly making unannounced appearances at comedy clubs since August. But the Funny Bone in Albany, New York announced CK will be performing tonight and that tickets are already sold out.
Posted Tuesday 1/08/19 at 1:59PM EST
Louis CK is apparently trying to book a national tour, but a major comedy club in Denver turned him down
Wende Curtis, the owner of famed comedy club Comedy Works club in Denver, described to Jezebel her decision to turn down a request from CK's assistant to book him for April. Curtis says before making her decision, she read The New York Times exposé on CK and contacted one of his victims via email. She also asked if she could speak to CK, and his assistant said she could. But then, Curtis admits, “I kinda cowarded out, honestly. I thought, ‘I’m not going to make a difference with him.” Instead, she wrote his assistant an email saying “I just can’t." ALSO: 17 comedy bookers explain whether they'd put Louis CK on stage.
Posted Tuesday 1/08/19 at 1:59PM EST
Pamela Adlon on picking up the pieces of Better Things after Louis CK's exit: "Change is extraordinarily good"
Source: Vanity Fair
Adlon recalled the day in November 2017 when her Better Things co-creator and longtime collaborator Louis CK was fired for sexual misconduct. “All of a sudden, he’s gone, my show is dangling from a precipice,” she tells Vanity Fair. “It was so huge. And it was so devastating.” Adlon not only had to part ways with CK, but she also dropped the manager they shared as she began the daunting task of creating a writers' room for Season 3. “I’ve never been in a writers’ room, let alone run a writers’ room,” she says. “Sitting down, meeting writers, reading their stuff—how do you do this? Is this person going to get along with this person? It’s like making a table at a f*cking Bar Mitzvah.”
Posted Monday 1/07/19 at 6:19AM EST
Colin Quinn says "a little bit of mob rule" was evident in the outrage over Kevin Hart, admits Louis CK's return is too soon
Source: BuzzFeed News
The former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" anchor defended Hart following the backlash over his old homophobic tweets in an interview on Facebook Watch's Profile. “The way that tweet came out and the way he talks is two different things,” Quinn said. “There’s things like irony, sarcasm; they don’t translate — everybody knows — on social media, you know what I mean?” He added that "sometimes people go, ‘It’s the public taste.’ Sometimes it is, and the public’s right sometimes. (But) sometimes it’s mob rule. People have a natural instinct to want to gang up on anybody, so there’s a little bit of that too. So it’s hard to tell what’s the line between, hey, the public’s speaking and saying this is unacceptable, and people just, you know, getting a little bloodlust,” he said. “It goes either way sometimes.” As for Louis CK, Quinn thinks the recent outrage over his leaked standup set bashing Parkland shooting survivors and transgender people is the result of people being upset over his masturbation controversy, "which makes more sense to me — to be mad at him over (his) behavior rather than what (he said).”
Posted Saturday 1/05/19 at 3:04AM EST
Where did Louis CK's angry new material come from?
In mocking Parkland survivors, transgender people and Asian male penises, CK is "just being a d*ck and redirecting his anger from the worthiest of targets—including himself, given that he blew up his career by harassing women—toward the people it’s easiest to malign," says Christina Cauterucci. "This material isn’t transgressive. It’s mean-spirited and cheap, and it gives bigots permission to take easy shots at communities they love to hate." She adds: "In less than two years, the comedian went from calling Trump a 'dirty, rotten, lying sack of sh*t' to sounding like an aggrieved right-winger. All it took was being confronted with his own despicable behavior and the harm he caused others to shift the thrust of his comedy from punching up and in to punching down and out. Despite his initial apology, CK isn’t mad at himself for abusing women, having his employees and allies stunt their careers to keep them silent, and lying about his behavior for years. He’s only mad at the people who held him accountable."
- Being Louis CK right now seems to be the perfect punishment for him: "This version of CK is spiteful toward his teenage daughter, unable to enjoy himself in exile in France, and despondent that he’s reduced to performing in a place where he has to heckle his own sound guy to get an adjustment on his microphone," says Alyssa Rosenberg. "There’s a difference between bitterness and introspection, though, and while the set let us know that CK feels very, very bad about life, it didn’t contain much to indicate that he understands how he ended up in this place that he hates so much. That’s the worst curse of all, because if you don’t understand how you’ve plunged yourself into the sort of depths C.K. now inhabits, you’ll never find a way out."
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- It's like CK isn't even trying to win back his audience: "Perhaps Louis has calculated that his good-person-trying-to-make-sense-of-a-bad-world schtick will never again appeal to a wider audience, but I doubt that’s what’s going on," says Mike Pesca. "Either Louis believes he is a good person who is the victim, in which case he will want to use his skills to prove this to us anew, or he always believed he was an irredeemable wretch, and the framing devices like 'of course … but maybe?' were just a lie."
- Marc Maron reveals he hasn't spoken with Louis CK since The New York Times exposé 14 months ago: "I don't care," he said on Thursday's WTF podcast, responding to his old friend's recent controversy. "It seems like he's full of anger and survival... survival mechanism has kicked in... I don't know his life. It doesn't seem good."
Posted Friday 1/04/19 at 1:41PM EST
Kevin Hart ruled out returning as Oscars host shortly before his Ellen interview
“Would I ever do it? No, it’s done. It’s done,” Hart told Variety on Thursday, hours before he said on Ellen DeGeneres' show that he would reconsider after she vouched for him to the Academy. “The moment came and it was a blessing and I was excited at the opportunity and I still am. In my mind I got the job, it was a dream job, and things came up that simply prohibited it from happening. But I don’t believe in going backwards.”
Posted Friday 1/04/19 at 1:41PM EST
Rob Schneider defends Louis CK and Kevin Hart: "Jokes are words..."
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Jokes are words you f#cking moron c#nts," the SNL alum tweeted in response to the backlash over Louis CK's recent jokes. Schneider also tweeted he supports Ellen supporting Hart: "Comics are the ones who are supposed to say the horrible things we all think but don’t."