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Posted Thursday 1/03/19 at 1:53PM EST
Jim Carrey's latest art slams Louis CK for mocking Parkland survivors
"Louie can’t C. K?" Carrey captioned his sketch of a tiny Louis CK standing next to a drawing of Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez towering over him.
Posted Wednesday 1/02/19 at 3:41PM EST
Joy Behar calls on Louis CK to stop punching down
Source: The Daily Beast
“There’s so many targets to punch up to,” Behar said of CK mocking Parkland shooting survivors, on this morning's edition of The View. “There’s Trump, there’s everything going on in the world, there’s Brexit if you want to go there. There’s a million things to go after. Why would you pick kids who are suffering because of gun violence? Pick the NRA, don’t go after the victim. Although maybe he sees himself as a victim so he identifies with the victimhood. But it’s pathetic to see a comedian pity himself, not learn from his mistakes. Somebody as brilliant as Louis C.K. should know better. He needs to find out what’s funny about what he did and turn himself in and stop punching down! That is my advice to him.”
Posted Wednesday 1/02/19 at 10:27AM EST
Was Louis CK's "woke" brand a ruse all along?
The recently surfaced Louis CK standup act mocking Parkland students and transgender people -- as well as Asian and black men -- and the bizarre Kevin Spacey "Frank Underwood" Christmas Eve video "complement each other so eerily that the second feels like the campy cartoon subtext of the first," says Matt Zoller Seitz. "Frank Underwood is a fictional character whose defining trait is bottomless duplicity. So, apparently, was Louis CK’s 'woke' brand, back in the days before the New York Times published multiple, corroborated accounts of his tendency to masturbate in situations where such behavior is frowned upon (i.e., in public spaces and workplaces, and in the presence of women whose consent was largely hypothetical)." He adds: "It strikes me as a mistake to look at this routine, then ask what happened to the Louis C.K. who responded to the scandal with a semi-apology that at least seemed somewhat chastened, and that ended with a pledge to listen and learn going forward. I doubt we’re ever going to see that guy, if in fact there was ever a chance of him existing — and why would there be, considering that everything we’ve learned since the indecency investigation broke leads to the inevitable conclusion that 'woke' CK was just an amazing simulation? This latest routine was a doubling down, recasting the comedian as a casualty of political correctness whose true crime was speaking his mind, yada yada yada. It’s a gimmick that doesn’t fly in mainstream entertainment anymore, but that can prove lucrative in the right-wing entertainment biosphere, which subsists on gripes that America has gotten too durn politically correct, to the point where a fella can’t even say 'retarded' anymore. There’s no cross too small that a participant in this culture can’t find a way to nail himself to it."
- Louis CK could've changed -- but that would have been difficult and terrifying and he clearly decided it wasn’t worth it
- It’s an old story: The guy who abused others, claiming his own victimhood
- Ricky Gervais defends CK's standup material: "You can joke about whatever the f*ck you like"
- Judd Apatow calls CK's Parkland routine "hacky, unfunny, shallow"
- Andy Richter, who worked with Louis CK on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, slams the "hackiness" of his new act
Posted Wednesday 1/02/19 at 10:27AM EST
Pete Davidson returns to standup after Instagram scare, alleges that Louis CK tried to get him fired from SNL
Source: Us Weekly
Davidson performed in Boston on New Year's Eve, two weeks after an alarming Instagram post. He spoke frankly about his split from Ariana Grande and alleged that when Louis CK hosted during his first year on Saturday Night Live, he told Lorne Michaels “that Pete smokes so much weed that it makes people uncomfortable.” ALSO: Davidson also joked about Louis CK's death.
Posted Wednesday 12/19/18 at 11:11PM EST
Should Louis CK and Aziz Ansari talk about accusations onstage?
Source: The New York Times
Comedy critic Jason Zinoman has written an essay about the CK and Ansari's sexual misconduct scandals and how they have essentially changed their comedy acts. While CK barely touched upon his scandal in his return to standup in recent months, Ansari has avoided it all together. Instead, he's changed from a comedian who was considered progressive to somebody who denounces wokeness -- for instance, he's evolved from being anti-Apu to criticizing the controversy over The Simpsons character. "For swaths of their audience, the news about these men was not just disappointing," writes Zinoman. "It was a betrayal of their work. That’s why the earlier versions of these comics are essentially dead. They can’t use some of their tools as they once did, and to flourish, they might have to find new ones. To some degree, Ansari already has. He’s a different comic: crankier, older, the kind of guy who says he doesn’t understand the younger generation."
Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 8:46AM EST
Kevin Hart's painful Oscars saga is what happens when celebrity and accountability collide
Hart has pointed out that he addressed his past homophobic jokes before, but those statements weren't an act of sincere contrition. As Rachel Leah notes, people outraged over his old homophobic tweets were mainly looking for a sincere apology, which Hart didn't give until stepping down. "Hart is far from the only celebrity — Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham have done this recently as well — to take the frustrating and disappointing approach that the perpetrators of harm or abuse are the ones who get to determine what accountability for that harm should look like," says Leah. "A few half-hearted justifications that the world is too sensitive now is not taking responsibility; stepping away from comedy for some months just to come back and say 'it's been a weird year' is not restitution; discrediting a black woman's sexual assault and then claiming it was a teachable moment is not redress. All of these situations show celebrities centering themselves without listening to or engaging with the communities they hurt."
Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 5:37PM EST
Louis CK's heckler: "He looked shell shocked" when I told him "get your d*ck out"
Source: The Cut
Klaire Randall just happened to be sitting in the audience with her boyfriend Sunday night at the Comedy Cellar when Louis CK took the stage. "The first thing I thought when they announced Louis’s name was was that it had to be a joke," Randall tells The Cut. "I was pissed off. I looked at my boyfriend and we had this moment of can we get up and leave right now, or do we sit through it and give this guy a chance? I had read the articles about C.K. and I’d read his apology but I hadn’t done a deep dive on it. I just knew it generally all seemed skeezy, and that it’s wrong for anyone who uses their power to make women feel uncomfortable." Randall says when she shouted at CK, "he looked shell-shocked. He looked directly at me, full eye contact and said ‘WHAT!?’ I repeat myself like, 'get your f*cking d*ck out.' At that point, the crowd was jeering, there were a few boos coming from a few people. And before I knew it, a Cellar staff member came over at our table and put a hand on my boyfriend’s shoulder. He said 'you can’t heckle the comedians,' and motioned toward the door. We already wanted to leave, so were happy to stand up and walk out on our own." Randall says she doesn't regret calling him out: "All I could think at the time was that I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself if I had this opportunity to publicly call out an abuser to his face and I just quietly sat there," she says. "I was just thinking about every woman I know who has been sexually assaulted, sexually harassed or bullied in some way or another." ALSO: Randall says her Comedy Cellar exit "was not a forceful getting-kicked-out, but it was heavily implied."
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 1:01PM EST
Louis CK was met with a female heckler Sunday night at the Comedy Cellar
Source: The Interrobang
Klaire Randall tweeted that she was asked to leave after telling Louis CK "to get his d*ck out on stage" during his Sunday night performance. Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman disputes her story, however, saying: “The woman was absolutely not kicked out. She left on her own accord."
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 5:56PM EST
Comedy Cellar is hosting a sexual misconduct fundraiser after another Louis CK surprise appearance
Source: The Mary Sue
The Tuesday night fundraiser -- scheduled two nights after CK's latest drop-in performance -- is a partnership between the comedy club and domestic violence and sexual assault activism organization partnership RALIANCE. The fundraiser will reportedly feature an all-female lineup. As Vivian Kane points out, "it’s hard to see this benefit lineup ... as little more than lip service tokenism, asking these female comedians to do damage control and bolster the club’s image in a way that it has proven it hasn’t earned."
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 8:50PM EST
Michelle Wolf: “There’s so much on Netflix right now that it’s like it’s almost become a tomb"
Wolf tells GQ she pretty much knew her new talk show The Break was doomed from the start. “There’s so much on Netflix right now that it’s like it’s almost become a tomb,” says Wolf. When she told Netflix the show was too hard to find, she says, “they were like, ‘What’s your e-mail? We’ll just make sure it shows up.’ And I was like, ‘No! That’s not what I want! I can’t give you a million e-mails!’" But knowing that her show wasn't likely to survive freed her up to do her best work. “That’s when we really tapped in to be like, ‘We’re not gonna do what (Netflix) wants us to do," she says. "We’re gonna do the show that we want, and we’re gonna make it silly and fun.” Wolf adds: "I mean, our episode order was for 10 episodes. I just always knew 10 wasn’t going to be enough. You know they were either gonna see it and immediately be like, “We wanna invest in this—we’ll give you 30 more,” or they were just gonna let it play out. And they let it play out. At Seth Meyers, it took us a year and a half to two years to kind of figure it out. When Trevor took over The Daily Show, it took at least two years to figure that one out. The original Daily Show with Jon Stewart, it took him at least a year and a half." Wolf was also asked about Louis CK, her mentor, and whether he should perform at comedy clubs. Last month, Wolf's name was spotted on the same Comedy Cellar bill as Louis CK. "I think it’s for the audience to decide," she says. "I mean, if he’s gonna do shows and people wanna pay to see him, people wanna pay to see him. I have no control whether he goes up onstage or not."
Posted Monday 11/19/18 at 1:04PM EST
Why did No Activity crib Louis CK's "apology" word for word?
Louis CK's acknowledgement of his sexual misconduct, which was published in The New York Times one year ago this month, has been often referred to as an apology, even though he didn't use words like "sorry" or "I apologize." So why did the CBS All Access comedy use it word for word in the Season 2 premiere? Executive producer Nasim Pedrad said CK's apology was used "because he’s a prolific comedy mind, and obviously, as a human and a woman, it bothered me that he didn’t say the words ‘I’m sorry’ in it.”
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 9:11PM EST
Female comedian who opened for Louis CK in Paris "felt a duty to speak up"
Source: The Guardian
Sarah Donnelly, an American doing standup comedy in France, felt conflicted when she was asked earlier this week to be one of three comedians to open for Louis CK at a Paris theater. “As a woman I felt an enormous responsibility to speak up," says Donnelly. "But of course it’s my job to be funny without committing career suicide. Ultimately I took the gig because if it wasn’t me it was going to be another man, and that didn’t seem fair either.” She did manage to reference CK's misconduct by not saying a word during her set, but by pantomiming the acknowledgement that she was the only female on the bill.
Posted Wednesday 11/07/18 at 9:55AM EST
Louis CK performs in Paris, acknowledges he's dating a French standup comedian
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Two weeks after he was spotted holding hands with French actress and comedian Blanche Gardin -- who starred in her own Netflix France standup special -- CK appeared on stage in Paris at an English-language showcase called "New York Comedy Night," according to The Hollywood Reporter. CK's hourlong appearance was announced shortly beforehand on Tuesday night. He made similar jokes about his downfall over sexual misconduct, joking again that he "lost $35 million in an hour." He also said "I’ve been dating this woman, and she’s French" as Gardin sat in the audience. CK was greeted with a standing ovation after ending his performance.
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 5:21PM EDT
Why are Louis CK and Alec Baldwin claiming that black people are their most ardent supporters?
Source: The Atlantic
“They tell you that when you get in trouble, you find out who your real friends are,” Louis CK reportedly said during his set Monday night at the Comedy Cellar. “It’s black people, it turns out. They’ll stick by you.” CK's comment comes weeks after Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter, "ever since I played Trump, black people love me. They love me." According to Hannah Giorgis, "that both men, white and rich and powerful as they are, would name 'black people'—that hastily aggregated monolith—as their primary supporters amid heightened critical attention is curious, but perhaps not wholly surprising. Their comments partake of a long tradition. Trotting out the proverbial black friend as evidence of one’s open-mindedness or innocence in the face of controversy is hardly new...By allying themselves with black people, at least rhetorically, both Baldwin and CK attempt to access the symbolism of victimhood: The men seem to be cashing in on black people’s oppression in an attempt to paint the group’s approval as uniquely weighty. This is manipulative, disingenuous logic. Black people, even those who might feel sympathy toward either of the comedians, do not exist as rhetorical tools to be levied in the face of criticism. Whatever black supporters CK or Baldwin may have found in the wake of their perceived missteps are not shields to be thrown up when the men do not wish to face the ire of others—or tokens to be redeemed for cultural cachet. Solidarity is a reciprocal endeavor."
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 1:31PM EDT
Jon Stewart and Dave Chappelle talk about Trump and Louis CK -- Stewart regrets The Daily Show not taking Trump more seriously
In a lengthy interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Stewart was asked about sexism in comedy and CK's comeback. "I think the question itself is somewhat unanswerable — when you talk about the 'right way' in society to rehabilitate," Stewart said of CK's comeback. "It’s something we’ve struggled with in the criminal justice system forever … There is no recipe; there is no model that can be put together and say, 'If he did one, two, and three, everybody would be cool.' I don’t think it works that way. This is something that we find together as a society, but I don’t know that you can say there’s a formula here that makes sense." Chappelle, meanwhile, was asked about his 2016 SNL monologue following Trump's victory. "I think I said the right thing at the right time, you know what I mean?" Chappelle said. "I think that we had to kind of recalibrate and kind of put things in perspective. I’m a black American, so these feelings that people felt right after the election — we felt that many elections consecutively." During the interview, Amanpour played Stewart a clip of his Daily Show coverage of Trump's June 2015 presidential campaign announcement. “I thought America was going to go, ‘Is that an escalator in a mall? I’m not going to vote for that dude,'" said Stewart, who retired from the show hours before the first Republican presidential debate. "I didn’t think he meant it. And when he gave that speech, quite frankly, I really thought when he said ‘Mexico sends us their worst, the rapists and murders,’ I really thought he had disqualified himself.”