Much like a reverse bear situation, Louis C.K. emerged from his self-imposed nine-month hibernation at the end of the summer to test the waters and see if the temperature was right for a comeback. The response was mixed: his first stand-up performance at The Comedy Cellar in August opened and closed with a standing ovation, but it also saw a few audience members and people on the outside feeling like the jokes were tone-deaf and didn’t address the reason why he was away in the first place.
Louis must have only heard the applause and left the Comedy Cellar pumping his fist into the air like John Bender at the end of The Breakfast Club. Because about a month later, he’s played another show that tip-toed around the elephant in the room.
Louis was welcomed back to The Comedy Cellar, on Sunday night for a surprise set. HuffPo spoke to two members of the audience, and both of them said the only time Louis talked about jacking off in front of women without their consent was by joking that not everyone was excited to see him return. One person told HuffPo: “When [Louis C.K.] got up, he expressed gratitude for the cellar/audience having him, and that he knows not everybody is happy about him performing.” The other audience member said much of the same, adding:
“He talked about how he took a ‘really long break’ and was coming back now, but beyond those two mentions, didn’t really acknowledge his past/the allegations.”
There are also conflicting reports about people leaving when they realized Louis was performing that night. Page Six says a few women walked out, and that one source described him as “a little arrogant.” One person reportedly tweeted: “I saw Louis C.K. at the Comedy Cellar last night, and I’m happy to report that his new material is just as bad as the old.” However, HuffPo spoke to their sources, and they weren’t sure anyone walked out.
Still, one thing everyone can apparently agree on is that someone is bound to want to walk out, and the Comedy Cellar’s owner Noam Dworman has it covered. He tells HuffPo that they have a new policy in which if someone feels uncomfortable by the comedian performing (cough Louis cough), they’re entitled to leave without paying their check. Although Noam did say they don’t anticipate having Louis pop in again any time soon.
While he’s away, maybe he can work on some material that doesn’t make everyone nervously tug at their collars. According to one of the sources HuffPo spoke with, Louis’ set included a myriad of random jokes, including one about his 9-year-old daughter that didn’t go over well.
“One was a joke about taking his 9 year old daughter to Old Navy and seeing that they have boyfriend shirts for 9 year old girls, and then graphically describing, ‘Oh, is my 9 year old supposed to be fucking her boyfriend all night and taking his shirt?’ and another was about how much he liked ‘his doctor touching him.’ He had a Freudian slip, saying ‘I love it when my father touches me’ (instead of doctor).”
Every copy of I Love You, Daddy in existence just grew arms and took one for the team (aka human gag reflexes) by grabbing a shovel, and digging a hole 140 feet deep to throw itself into, never to be seen again.