Louis CK, Shunned After Admitting Sexual Misconduct, Makes Tentative Return to Stage

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Louis C.K. returned to the famed West Village club the Comedy Cellar on Sunday night and performed a 15-minute drop in set, the New York Times reports. "It sounded just like he was trying to work out some new material", said Dworman. The owner of the club told the newspaper that, in a video of the performance, C.K. appeared "very relaxed" on stage and the audience gave him a standing ovation.

One audience member called the club on Monday to object to the surprise set, the owner said.

The release of C.K.'s feature film "I Love You, Daddy" - which he wrote, directed and starred in - was shelved.

"Comedy writer and TV producer Owen Ellickson claimed that C.K. hadn't actually made amends for how deeply his offenses allegedly went within the comedy community, tweeting, "... he HASN'T acknowledged the fifteen years he & his team spent lying, story-killing and (in at least one case) intimidating".

"I understand some people will be upset with me", said Mr Dworman.

But, he added, "there can't be a permanent life sentence on someone who does something wrong".

News of Louis CK's return didn't go down too well with his fellow comedians and others in the entertainment world, however, with some expressing their disappointment on social media.

Others pointed out that comics who were accused of stealing jokes, like Dane Cook (who was of accused lifting from C.K. himself, which they acknowledged on "Louie"), faced longer backlash than C.K. did for masturbating in front of women without consent. His return to the stage isn't sitting well with many people on Twitter, though.

"I didn't think it was going to happen as soon as it did", he told the newspaper.

But he also said he was surprise at how quickly Louis C.K. has chose to start performing again. Long enough? Indulging that conversation gives credence to the people who talk ambiguously about amends with no honest consideration of what it takes to make them - who can not conceive of any worse punishment than being denied the work that they have decided is their birthright.

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