The "Louie" star, who had kept a low profile since admitting to sexual misconduct last year, performed at the Comedy Cellar in New York City on Sunday night, according to a report from The New York Times.
Noam Dworman, the owner of the club, described Louis C.K.’s 15-minute set, which reportedly began at around 11 p.m., as “typical Louis C.K. stuff,” The Times reports. It included jokes on racism, waitresses’ tips, and parades — but apparently made no mention of the scandal that brought his career to a screeching halt.
“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.
Dworman told The Times that the crowd of around 115 patrons greeted Louis C.K. with a standing ovation prior to his performance. Fellow comic Mo Amer, who also performed that night, told the outlet that Louis C.K.’s surprise appearance was “a wow moment” for the audience.
In a lengthy report published by The New York Times in November, five women alleged that the comedian had engaged in sexual misconduct, with some saying that he exposed his genitals to them in hotel rooms. Shortly after the explosive piece went viral, Louis C.K. published a statement admitting that the stories were true.
“At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d*ck without asking first, which is also true,” his statement continued. “But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your d*ck isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”
The allegations against Louis C.K. led to the cancellation of the New York premiere of “I Love You, Daddy,” a film written, starring, and directed by the comedian.The film's distribution company scrapped plans for a theatrical release soon after.
FX, the cable network behind “Louie,” was among the many companies to cut ties with the 50-year-old following the accusations leveled against him.
[Photo: Louis C.K. attends FX and Vanity Fair Emmy Celebration at Craft on September 16, 2017 in Century City, California. By Rich Fury/Getty Images]