Louis C.K. is forging ahead with his comeback, despite the backlash. Many object to C.K.’s return to the stage after he admitted to masturbating in front of several fellow comedians without their consent. Many in the industry, however, have stood by him (Chris Rock has been his most prominent supporter).
The latest development happened Monday night, when protestors picketed his performance at the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village.
He sexually harassed a bunch of women and lied about it for years…," Lana McCray, 27, told The New York Post when asked why she was protesting outside the club Monday night.
"He shouldn’t feel comfortable performing here when he makes so many people feel uncomfortable because of what he does. He shouldn’t get to feel comfortable," she said. According to the New York Times, ticketholders were "visibly uncomfortable" passing the protestors into the club.
"So what kind of year have you guys had?" C.K. reportedly said, starting off his set. "They tell you that when you get in trouble you find out who your real friends are. It’s black people, it turns out. They’ll stick by you."
"Hard things, you survive them or you don’t," C.K. continued. "I think even hell you can survive. Hell is not that bad. I’ve been there."
One of the show’s attendees slammed his performance as "unpolished." Other comedians on the bill were Michelle Wolf and Nikki Glaser.