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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 Tuesday 12/04/18 at 1:01PM EST
Ellen DeGeneres unveils her Relatable Netflix standup special trailer
The daytime talk show host's first special in 15 years drops on Dec. 18.
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 1:18PM EST
Roy Wood Jr. among comedians starring in Comedy Central standup specials in January
Also getting one-hour specials next month are Ron Funches, James Davis and Chris Distefano.
Posted Saturday 12/01/18 at 12:30AM EST
Amazon's Inside Jokes documents the life of the struggling comedian
"What sets Inside Jokes apart from other comedy documentaries is that it’s firmly entrenched in the here and now," Josh Sorokach says of the reality show revolving around the Just For Laughs New Faces showcase. "Instead of the finished product, you’re seeing the raw clay. Struggling performers with day jobs, roommates, and debt gamely eschew the security of a traditional nine-to-five job for a shot at their dream. It’s as admirable as it is riveting."
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 1:14PM EST
Aziz Ansari announces his first major tour since his sexual misconduct scandal
The Master of None star's new tour will be called the “Road to Nowhere” tour. “New tour dates for 2019. On sale this week. Click here for cities. See ya on the road ding dongs,” he tweeted Tuesday.
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 4:58PM EST
Insecure's Amanda Seales lands her first HBO standup special
The one-hour special, titled I Be Knowin’, is scheduled to air next year.
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 12:09AM EDT
Padma Lakshmi put on a comedy show in response to Louis CK's comeback
The Top Chef host's recent night of comedy tried to emphasize underrepresented voices, though she did get a cameo from her (and Louis CK's) friend Chris Rock. "The thing that annoyed me most about (CK's) particular case was that he tried to stifle and bury the careers of various female comedians who called him out on his shit,” said Lakshmi. “And it’s just like, it’s so hard as a woman, as an actor, as a director, as a comedian, as a writer, to even get noticed. And then to have the courage and bravery to speak the truth, and be slapped down and punished for it in such a cruel way, really spoke to me.”
Posted Tuesday 10/30/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Comedian Lisa Lampanelli announces her retirement from standup comedy
Source: New York Daily News
The former Comedy Central roaster, Howard Stern Show regular and former Celebrity Apprentice contestant told Stern this morning she is retiring from standup. Her announcement nearly a decade after she taped her first HBO standup special, Lisa Lampanelli: Long Live the Queen.
Posted Tuesday 10/30/18 at 6:44AM EDT
Protesters descend on Louis CK's latest standup gig after it was given advance notice
Source: Page Six
New York City's Comedy Cellar listed "Louie CK" on a white board Monday evening as performing twice that night, at 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The white board image was posted to Instagram and reposted on Twitter in advance of CK's performances. Michelle Wolf, whom Louis CK mentored, was also listed as performing on the same bill with CK for his early show. CK's performance was met by several women protesting outside the club. “He sexually harassed a bunch of women and lied about it for years…,” protester Lana McCray told The New York Post. “He shouldn’t feel comfortable performing here when he makes so many people feel uncomfortable because of what he does. He shouldn’t get to feel comfortable." Another protester held a sign that read: “When you support Louis CK you tell women that your laughter is more important than their sexual assaults and loss of their careers." The New York Times' Sopan Deb quoted CK as saying, “I need to make jokes because I need an income,” and that he lost $35 million “in an hour” as a result of The Times' original report on his sexual misconduct. “Hard things, you survive them or you don’t,” CK said. “I think even hell you can survive. Hell is not that bad. I’ve been there.”
Posted Saturday 10/27/18 at 7:21AM EDT
100% Fresh is the first rewatchable content Adam Sandler has made for Netflix
Source: The Ringer
Sandler's Netflix movies haven't been all that great, but his new standup special brings him back to the funny. "100% Fresh is without question the best thing he’s done for Netflix to date," says Rob Harvilla, "because it’s mostly just him being his operatically crass and childlike self, with no ludicrous plot to distract him and no racial-stereotype costars to flummox you."
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Jerry Seinfeld loves Hannah Gadsby's Nanette, thinks Louis CK could make a comeback but chose the wrong way, and reflects on Roseanne Barr and Bill Cosby
Source: The New York Times
Seinfeld spoke at length to The New York Times, again weighing in on the fall of his friend Louis CK. Asked if it was too soon for CK to be performing again, Seinfeld said: "It’s the way he did it that I think people didn’t like. Some people didn’t like that he’s doing it at all. We know the routine: The person does something wrong. The person’s humiliated. They’re exiled. They suffer, we want them to suffer. We love the tumble, we love the crash and bang of the fall. And then we love the crawl-back. The grovel. Are you going to grovel? How long are you going to grovel? Are you going to cry? Are you going to Jimmy Swaggart? And people, I think, figured they had that coming with Louie — he owes us that. We, the court of public opinion, decided if he’s going to come back, he’d better show a lot of pain. Because he denied them that." He also was asked about Gadsby's critically acclaimed Nanette, and how it's polarized the comedy community. "Loved it," he said. "She did a beautiful job, and the way she braided it with the art history she studied in school, that made it fascinating and fantastic." He added that Gadsby "stretched the form of standup" and that her special "is why people are excited about standup now." As for the fall of Cosby, whom he admired, Seinfeld said: "When that happens, that’s too big a safe falling out of a window to ignore. The crash is too loud. The thing I think that’s new for people — let’s take Roseanne and Cosby — is the suddenness and the precipitous fall. So much work, gone so fast. We’re upset at the speed of it, because it’s new. I would say about Roseanne, I never saw anything that bad happen from a finger-tap on a screen. A whole career: gone."