Louis CK’s return to comedy is going so well, he’s even making jokes about facing sexual misconduct claims.
Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump and Cristiano Ronaldo, and Louis CK, at a glance, seem to have very little in common. However, they have all been publicly accused of sexual misconduct – and all seem to have (so far) avoided any serious repercussions for their alleged behaviour: Kavanaugh has been elected to Supreme Court, Trump to President of the United States, Ronaldo stills holds a contract with sportswear brand Nike and continues to play for Juventus, and CK continues to perform on the comedy circuit.
Indeed, having made his return to the comedy circuit two months ago, CK decided to make a surprise appearance at the West Side Comedy Club on Wednesday 17 October. However, his jokes were anything but funny.
Having made his return to the comedy circuit two months ago, CK decided to make a surprise appearance at the West Side Comedy Club earlier this week. And his jokes were anything but funny.
“It’s been a weird year,” CK said at the start of his show. He then proceeded to say that he’s been to “hell and back.” And at one point, he joked about meeting Hitler while in hell.
It’s nearly been a year since CK was accused of sexual misconduct by several women. The women accused CK of masturbating in front of them or while on the phone. Several of the women said that the awful encounters had harmed their careers.
In a statement, CK admitted to wrongdoing.
“At the time, I said to myself that what I did was OK because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first,” he wrote, admitting that he had “[taken] advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community.”
However, his remorse runs so deep that he’s found a way to work it into his new stand-up routine, with him even joking that he “lost $35 million in an hour” when the story broke in 2017.
Of course, Twitter hasn’t let his gags go unnoticed.
“Add up survivors’ therapy bills, my man,” one user wrote.
“That sounds horrible. Maybe you should have out your d**k away,” another user wrote.
Another posted: “Most of the women he pulled that s**t with won’t make that much $ in their whole lifetimes.”
Despite the outcry on twitter, though, it is worth noting that CK used these jokes to close his show - and that everyone present applauded.