One of the biggest names in comedy, Louis C.K. has been lying low since 2017 when he admitted that sexual misconduct claims made by several female comedians were true. Lately his name has been popping up at smaller comedy clubs around the country. Now he is set to perform at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford on November 16th.
In late September, Louis brought his show, which once would have packed arenas, to Zanies comedy club in Rosemont for six shows. All of which sold out quickly with absolutely no promotion of the shows. I had the opportunity to attend one of the shows. At first I wasn’t sure if I should. I had to really think about it because I certainly didn’t want to support someone who did what Louis admitted to doing, but part of me wanted to see how he handled it. Like the feeling you get when you pass a bad car accident. You may not want to look, but you probably do.
Without giving away any specific material, I can say he addresses it in probably the only way we can expect him to, through humor. Does that make what he did okay? No. But, he addressed it head on. He also works in many other topics that, I believe, are all meant to be very polarizing to the audience. Thinking back on his performance at Zanies, it was much deeper that just telling a few dirty jokes. If you really look at his current material it will make you think. And also laugh. I’d be lying if I said my wife and I, as well as everyone else in the room, didn’t laugh from start to finish.
If you have the opportunity to see him perform and are on the fence about it, my advice is to go. What he did to his female colleges was wrong. There is absolutely no question about it. But, just because someone attends his show doesn’t mean that they are condoning what he did.
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