Almost three years have passed since it was revealed that Louis C.K. was involved in multiple cases of sexual misconduct. After keeping it low for some time, he has progressively re-emerged on the comedy scene. A comedy special was even released in the initial days of the American quarantine, for “those who need a laugh.”
Word broke more recently that he made two separate appearances at Dave Chappelle’s summer stand-up series, although it’s not clear yet if he performed or was merely a guest.
The first instance appeared last Tuesday, with C.K. standing alongside comics Michelle Wolf and Mo Amer at a show in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The other came Saturday night, also in Yellow Springs, this time with Sarah Silverman, Tiffany Haddish, Talib Kweli, and Common in attendance.
C.K. may have just been hanging with longtime friends, many of whom have stuck with him after his actions were made public. Chappelle has been one of his most vocal defenders, talking about it in his special Sticks & Stones:
“Louis C.K. was a very good friend of mine before he died in that terrible masturbation accident…He didn’t do anything you can call the police for,” the comedian said in the August special. “I dare you to try….They ruined this n—’s life, and now he’s coming back playing comedy clubs and they’re acting like if he’s able to do that that’s going to hurt women. What the f— is your agenda, ladies?”
Chappelle’s summer shows have been held for small crowds of under 100. Viewers at home got a glimpse of what they’re like in his esteemed special 8:46, released shortly after the killing of George Floyd.