The Potential Resurgence of Louis C.K.

In an Instagram post by artist Mathieu Bitton, comedians Dave Chappelle and Louis C.K. were pictured together. According to the post, C.K. was the special guest of the night at Chappelle’s summer stand-up series. Though for some this may seem insignificant, the post and appearance of C.K. may mean a comeback for the disgraced comedian.

Who is Louis C.K.?

For those who don’t know about him, Louis C.K. was a comedian known for his dark brand of humor. The comedian started off writing for numerous other comedians such as Chris Rock, David Letterman and Conan O’Brien. He soon came into his own as he released his own comedy album, that helped change the way in which fans can get a hold of stand-up specials without having to deal with venues. With his off-color sense of humor, he has touched on many controversial topics.

Along with his comedy career, C.K. has done plenty of acting and directing. In 2001, he directed the cult classic film “Pootie Tang,” which was produced by his collaborator Chris Rock. C.K. has also appeared in numerous films in supporting roles such as “Trumbo,” “American Hustle” and “Blue Jasmine.” He was even the main character in the animated film “The Secret Life of Pets.” C.K. also had a huge presence on television creating and starring in his own series titled “Louie.”

Why Louis C.K. is Disgraced

In a 2015 Daily Beast article, comedian Roseanne Barr discussed how she had heard from female comedians and writers that C.K. was “locking the door and masturbating in front” of them. Nothing would be said on the matter until 2017 when his former collaborator Tig Notaro cut ties with him because of these allegations.

For a while, C.K. denied these claims and just called them rumors. However, articles from The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times seemed to verify these claims as truth as women came out and talked about their experiences with C.K. No longer able to avoid these claims, C.K. admitted to the allegations in a statement saying that he was remorseful for the actions he had done and the power he abused.

In the wake of his admittance, C.K. faced numerous negative repercussions. Prior to the allegations, C.K. was in the process of releasing his most recent film “I Love You, Daddy” that he starred in and directed. C.K. would have to buy back the distribution rights for the film after the company originally supposed to declined. The film also lost support from some of its’ stars including Chloe Grace Mortez who said she wanted the movie to disappear.

Netflix and HBO pulled C.K. out of comedy specials and refused to further work with him. C.K. was replaced by comedian Patton Oswalt in “The Secret Life of Pets 2.” Disney pulled reruns of the show “Gravity Falls” that included C.K. as well. For C.K., it looked like his career was over.

Making a Comeback?

August 2018 saw the unannounced return of Louis C.K. at the Comedy Cellar in Manhattan, New York. While some thought that his coming back was too soon, many comedians supported his return. One of whom was Dave Chappelle. Since the storm surrounding Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle seemed to be one of his main supporters. In his Netflix special “Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation,” Chappelle talked about the allegations which caused controversy for him from others.

Audio courtesy of Dave Chappelle and Netflix. Video courtesy of Daily Dose Comedy.

As the years went on, C.K. would pop up every now and again performing comedy and releasing comedy albums. Even in 2020, C.K. has been performing comedy sets at shows and donating money to wait staff at comedy clubs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With his appearance at Dave Chappelle’s stand-up series, it looks as though Louis C.K. may have the potential to go back to where he was before or at least go back to some form of normalcy. Aziz Ansari was another comedian who got into hot water for his interactions with women. Similar to C.K., Ansari teamed up with Dave Chappelle and was even given a Netflix special a little more than a year after the allegation against him came out. The potential for C.K. to make a comeback is there and it will be interesting to see what his partnering with Chappelle will mean for his career.

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