Published Sep 07, 2018Last month, Louis C.K. came out of hiding to perform at the Comedy Cellar and reportedly make a rape joke after admitting to sexual misconduct allegations last fall. The whole thing has been a lightning rod for controversy, and now the owner of the Comedy Cellar himself is getting in on the action.
Speaking with HuffPost, club owner Noam Dworman said he's none too pleased with C.K. for dropping in unannounced and failing to address his own controversy onstage.
"I'm very upset with him because my life has been substantially affected and his life has not, and I'm not sure he's aware of it. I'm not sure that he gave it sufficient thought," Dworman said. "On the other hand, I think he's been disconnected from the world and didn't realize. I am upset."
Dworman is also upset with how C.K.'s actions have affected the reputation of the Comedy Cellar. "We were the place that never did that stuff," he said. "And now I'm the national symbol of it. The very opposite of what I always stood for. The very fucking opposite!"
In response to the negative reaction over C.K.'s appearance, Dworman is instituting a new policy at the Comedy Cellar.
"Essentially 'swim at your own risk,'" he said. "We don't know who may pop in that's not on the lineup. If someone does come in that you don't want to see, you are free to leave, no questions asked and check completely on the house. Having said that, we don't expect Louis back anytime soon."
HuffPo also talked to plenty of the Comedy Cellar's employees to gather their thoughts on the C.K. drop-in. You can read the full piece here.