Comedian Louis C.K., who lost his production deal with FX Networks and had his movie’s release canceled after allegations of sexual misbehavior surfaced, made a surprise appearance Sunday night at New York’s Comedy Cellar, performing a live set for what is believed to be the first time since the scandal broke.
“He appeared around 11 p.m., said Noam Dworman, the owner of the Cellar, the Greenwich Village club with a long tradition of surprise appearances by famous comedians,” The New York Times reports. “Dressed in a black V-neck T-shirt and gray pants, he did a 15-minute set that touched on what Mr. Dworman called ‘typical Louis C.K. stuff’ — racism, waitresses’ tips, parades.”
The report quotes Dworman saying: “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.”
Adds Deadline, in its story about the Comedy Cellar appearance, Louis C.K. “did not address or mention the allegations” of sexual misbehavior. Previously the comedian has said that the allegations, first reported by the New York Times last November, were true.
The Times adds: “Mr. Dworman said Louis C.K. ‘was very relaxed,’ and the audience, a sold-out crowd of about 115, greeted him warmly, with an ovation even before he began. (Mr. Dworman was at home asleep, but club staff texted him about the appearance, and he later watched a tape of it, he said.)”