Comedian Louis C.K. reportedly performed his first comedy set since he admitted to accusations of sexual misconduct made against him made by multiple women last year.
The New York Times reported that the comedian showed up at the Comedy Cellar on Sunday night unannounced, which is typical for the Greenwich Village club, performing what appears to be his first comedy routine since admitting to sexual misconduct accusations in November 2017.
The owner of the Cellar, Noam Dworman, told the Times the comedian performed a 15-minute set on racism, waitresses' tips and “typical Louis C.K. stuff.”
“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,” Dworman said.
Another comic who also performed at the Cellar on Sunday, Mo Amer, said Louis C.K.’s performance was “like a wow moment” for the audience, saying that he was surprised the comedian showed up but added that his routine was “like, classic Louis, really, really good.”
Dworman said Louis C.K. “was very relaxed” and the audience gave the comedian an ovation before he started his routine.
The Cellar owner also said he received an email from an audience member afterward saying he “wished he had known in advance, so he could’ve decided whether to have been there or not.”
But Dworman also added that several other audience members were delighted by the surprise and sent a standard follow-up email saying they were happy to have caught the set.
Louis C.K. admitted last year that accusations of sexual misconduct against him made by five women detailing sexually explicit encounters dating back to 2003 are true, including him allegedly having masturbated in front of a woman.
“I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position,” he said at the time.
Following the allegations, the distributor for the comedian’s new film, “I Love You, Daddy,” said it would not move forward with the movie's Nov. 17 release.