Louis C.K made a surprise appearance at New York’s Comedy Cellar, where he performed a 15-minute set to a standing ovation. It was his first high-profile public performance since November 2017, when he admitted to having masturbated in front of multiple unwilling women.
For Louis C.K’s fans, his 15-minute set was a welcome return to comedy. He’d taken his medicine, was the general argument, and now it was time for the public to let him come back to comedy as a changed man.
“Will take heat for this, but people have to be allowed to serve their time and move on with their lives,” wrote actor Michael Ian Black, in a tweet he later apologized for. “I don’t know if it’s been long enough, or his career will recover, or if people will have him back, but I’m happy to see him try.”
“I don’t think Louie is a bad guy at all. I think what Louie is, is a pervert,” said Joe Rogan during his JRE #1165 podcast. “He’s not trying to hurt people. He’s just weird.”