Louis C.K., Shunned After Admitting Sexual Misconduct, Makes Tentative Return to Stage

Will he be accepted by his audiences and peers?

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Louis C.K. has a new policy
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Comedian Louis C.K. performed a surprise set at New York City’s Comedy Cellar on Monday night, The New York Times reports, making his first return to stage since he admitted to charges of sexual misconduct waged against him by women in comedy.

The set consisted of “typical Louis C.K. stuff,” Noam Dworman, the owner of the club, told the Times. The comic touched on racism, waitresses’ tips and parades, and Dworman noted “it sounded just like he was trying to work out some new material, almost like any time of the last 10 years he would come in at the beginning of a new act.”

Though one audience member followed up with Dworman about wishing he knew about the comic’s appearance — to decide whether or not he would have attended — others followed up to say they were happy about seeing the show, and reportedly gave C.K. a standing ovation before he even began.

Dworman told the Times that he’s in a difficult position as a business owner.

“I understand that some people will be upset with me. I care about my customers very much. Every complaint goes through me like a knife. And I care about doing the right thing.”

But, he told the Times, “there can’t be a permanent life sentence on someone who does something wrong.”

The comedian isn’t the only person who has suffered personally or professionally after his behavior was revealed. Rebecca Corry wrote on Vulture:

“I’ve experienced vicious and swift backlash from women and men, in and out of the comedy community…I’ve received death threats, been berated, judged, ridiculed, dismissed, shamed, and attacked.”

Comics and critics on Twitter were quick to side with Corry and C.K.’s other victims.

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