Louis CK is back to performing stand-up comedy, and the former FX star is now addressing, while on stage, the elephant that exists in every room he enters.
CK, who last year admitted to masturbating in front of or asking to masturbate in front of multiple women, performed earlier this month at the West Side Comedy Club, Caroline’s, and the Comedy Cellar, according to comedy news website LaughSpin. During a recent Wednesday set at the West Side Comedy Club, CK said he “lost $35 million in an hour” due to revelations of his sexual misconduct, LaughSpin reported.
While it’s always hard to tell if a comic on stage is joking or exaggerating a point for comedic effect, a person with knowledge of CK’s pre-scandal earnings told TheWrap the $35 million figure is probably “very real.”
TheWrap attempted to reach CK through a variety of avenues for this piece, but his publicist and agents dumped him last fall over his deviant behavior (to which he admitted publicly). His last-known attorney did not immediately respond to our request for comment on this story. We also tried to contact CK through his website’s bookings email, but did not immediately receive a response.
CK is not active on social media, nor does he have any active television or film projects.
Though he did not address his sexual misconduct scandal earlier in the week at Caroline’s, CK opened that particular set by saying, “Good to be here, even though some of you might not like me,” LaughSpin reported.
Days later, at the West Side Comedy Club, host AMarie Castillo said CK opened with, “It’s been a weird year,” and that he kept saying he’s been to “Hell and back,” according to LaughSpin.
“It’s like he didn’t even skip a beat with the year he had,” Castillo recalled, per LaughSpin. “He was so genuine and reflected on how weird his year was, tried out some new dark and dirty material… Sounds to me he is owning up, acknowledging, and trying to figure it out.”
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Stand-up comedian and director Louis C.K. poses for a photograph as he arrives for the premiere of his film "Hilarious" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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Louis C.K. holds the Emmy awards for outstanding writing for a variety special for "Louis C.K. Live at the beacon Theatre" and outstanding writing in a comedy series for his show "Louie" at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (EMMYS-BACKSTAGE)
Comedian Louis C.K. arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
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