A surprise comedy special from ostracized comedian Louis C.K includes clips of him joking about his sexual misconduct and comparing having sex with a woman to watching slaves sing as they are forced to work.
The controversial comedian, 52, has been trying to grapple his way back into the limelight after becoming one of the first names involved in a sexual misconduct scandal at the beginning of the #MeToo movement in 2017.
On Saturday he surprised fans by releasing new comedy special ‘ Sincerely Louis C.K.’ that can be streamed for $8 on his own website.
The father of two says that the special was ‘for those of you that can’t laugh right now’.
A recording from Washington D.C. last year, C.K. opens and closes the show with jokes about his fail from grace since he confessed to masturbating in front of women.
Louis C.K. released his first stand-up special in three years directly to his website Saturday as the controversial comedian said that he was there to help people laugh during the pandemic
‘Sincerely, Louis C.K.’ was filmed in Washington D.C. last year and marked his attempts to begin stand-up again after a fall from grace when he admitted to sexual misconduct in 2017
‘How was your last couple of years? How was 2018 and 2019 for you guys? Anybody else get in global amounts of trouble?’ he asks the crowd.
‘I learned a lot. I learned how to eat alone in a restaurant with people giving me the finger from across the room.
I thought I should leave the nation. Thought it was a good idea. Would have left the planet if they had another one of those.’
Louis C.K. opens by his surprise comedy special by joking about the sexual misconduct scandal he was involved in
He then races into a set that includes jokes about necrophilia, pedophilia, terrorism, people with disabilities, and the Holocaust and even puts on a Japanese accent for a joke about ordering sushi.
Parts of the set are dedicated to jokes about the scandal revolving around the accusations, and then his admission, that he masturbated in front of women without consent.
C.K. offers an excuse for his past behaviors saying that he just doesn’t like being alone.
‘I like jerking off, I don’t like being alone, that’s all I can tell you. I get lonely, it’s just sad. I like company. I like to share. I’m good at it, too. If you’re good at juggling, you wouldn’t do it alone in the dark. You’d gather folks and amaze them,’ he says.
‘If you want to do it with someone else, you need to ask first. But if they say yes, you still don’t get to go ‘Woo!’ and charge ahead. You need to check in often, I guess that’s what I’d say. It’s not always clear how people feel,’ he adds in a separate joke about consent.
‘Men are taught to make sure the woman is okay. The thing is, women know how to seem okay when they’re not okay.’
At one point near the end of the show, C.K. speaks again about his sexual conduct and the subject of consent, comparing having sex with a woman to watching slaves singing while they are forced to work.
‘It’s kind of like a Negro spiritual. It’s sort of similar. So to assume that she likes it is like if they heard slaves singing in the field and you’re like, ‘Hey, they’re having a good time out there,” he says.
In a statement announcing the release of the show on Saturday on his site, C.K. said he felt it was important to make people laugh amid the devastating coronavirus pandemic.
‘One kind needs to laugh when things get sh***y. In fact, the sh***ier things get, the more serious, the more dark the more terrifying, the more dangerous and dire anything is, the more important it is to laugh in the midst of it and often directly in its face,’ he wrote.
Comedian Louis C.K. jokes that having sex with a woman is like watching slaves singing while they are forced to work. He is pictured here at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2016
C.K. apologized for the harm he had caused when he admitted to sexual misconduct in 2017. He is pictured here at Carolines On Broadway on December 8, 2015 in New York City
He continued: ‘The other kind of people feel that it’s important to put aside laughter in times of difficulty and give serious And painful things the respect and the silence due to them.
‘And to bow their heads to the tragic and to show kindness to people who are afraid and hurting by not making light of their fears or pain.
‘I don’t think that either one of these kinds of people is right over the other. I can only say that I belong to the first group,’ he said in conclusion, before adding that he hopes his new special will help ‘those who need to laugh’ and that ‘for those of you that can’t laugh right now I just wish you all the peace you can grab in this sh***y sh***y time.’
As a P.S. to his note, Louis informed his readers that the new special is ‘not free or anything,’ setting the price per download at $7.99.
The funnyman, born Louis Székely, has no credits on his IMDb page past 2017 as writer, producer or performer, and this special is the first he’s produced since his 2017 Netflix standup entry – shortly before the streaming network severed ties with him.
In November of 2017, a New York Times article was published in which sexual harassment claims were made against C.K. by five women, most of whom said he masturbated in front of them in nonconsensual and often bizarre circumstances.
The following day, the ostracized star released a statement in which he admitted that the stories published were true, and apologized for the harm he had caused.
Louis, who at that point was a lauded and award-winning writer and producer, quickly saw all of his professional prospects dry up or grind to a halt, even on projects that had already begun. His casting was replaced by other actors in more than one instance.
And although some fellow comedians including Chris Rock and Sarah Silverman defended his right to resume standup the following year, others, like Rose Byrne and Judd Apatow, said it was too soon for Louis to return to the mic.
Nonetheless, C.K. has been making the rounds on the standup circuit, and even launched a comeback tour last year, but the new special is his first filmed content in at least three years.