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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Oct 10, 2019. 13 comments

The Queasy Power of Shamelessness

The Queasy Power of Shamelessness

Noah Levine, the influential punk rock Buddhist teacher whose meditation society, Against the Stream, collapsed after he was accused of sexual misconduct , never spoke to me for two stories I wrote about the allegations against him , despite my best efforts to contact him. But he did sit down this summer with Los Angeles magazine, for an interview published in July. In it, he indicated that...

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills May 06, 2019. 14 comments

Suddenly Louis CK Cares About 'Consent' When It Comes to Bad Jokes

Suddenly Louis CK Cares About 'Consent' When It Comes to Bad Jokes

Louis CK keeps chugging along on his “comeback” tour and you might remember that the reported material so far has included jokes about his sexual misconduct allegations , the Parkland students , and gender pronouns. It’s cranky, low-hanging fruit material for any comedian.

But it seems CK is upset that his comeback material is making its way to the press, because comedy clubs he books are now...

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Frida Garza Frida Garza Feb 04, 2019. 16 comments

Pamela Adlon Doesn't Have Any Answers About Louis CK

Pamela Adlon Doesn't Have Any Answers About Louis CK

It’s hard to talk about Pamela Adlon and her FX show Better Things without talking about how her working relationship with Louis CK opened the door for it. That much is clear from Adlon’s New Yorker profile: The two worked together on Louie and other projects, and it was CK who “pitched Adlon as a showrunner” to his show’s network, FX; he also originally served as a co-writer and executive...

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills Jan 15, 2019. 17 comments

Louis CK, R. Kelly, and the Blurring of Work 

Louis CK, R. Kelly, and the Blurring of Work 

When the manager of a fast food restaurant, or the office HR representative, or the school principal, unzips his pants and takes out his penis in front of a colleague, employee or student, and begins to masturbate in front of her without her consent behind closed doors, it’s clear as day, blatant sexual harassment. You don’t need to be schooled in the intricacies of gender theory to know that...

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Rich Juzwiak Rich Juzwiak Jan 12, 2019. 23 comments

What Does Janeane Garofalo Think She Knows About Louis C.K. That We Don't?

What Does Janeane Garofalo Think She Knows About Louis C.K. That We Don't?

If I told you that someone said the actual words, “Leave Louis C.K. alone,” surely you would think that I was kidding, or that at least they were kidding while satirizing Chris Crocker’s famous “Leave Britney alone!” YouTube meltdown.

I’m not kidding, nor was Janeane Garofalo, who definitely said those words in a recent live interview with BUST magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts that...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Jan 09, 2019. 19 comments

The Owner of One of the Biggest Comedy Clubs in the Country Tells Us Why She Said No to Booking Louis CK

The Owner of One of the Biggest Comedy Clubs in the Country Tells Us Why She Said No to Booking Louis CK

Louis CK’s fumbling attempts to return to public life haven’t gone particularly well so far: His limp appearances at the Comedy Cellar and a leaked set of truly gross new material haven’t exactly returned him to grace. Now, a tipster tells us that CK is attempting to book some kind of national tour, with dates at clubs across the U.S. That too seems to be meeting with mixed success. One club...

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Harron Walker Harron Walker Nov 22, 2018.

Kathy Griffin on Louis C.K.: 'The Boys Club Closes Ranks and Protects Its Own'

Kathy Griffin on Louis C.K.: 'The Boys Club Closes Ranks and Protects Its Own'

Kathy Griffin is speaking out about Louis C.K.’s comeback and how female comedians get pushed out of the industry.

On Wednesday, the comedian wrote a 26-point thread on Twitter that began with an anecdote about an unnamed “famous woman comedian” who’s been working for “over 15 years.” The anonymous comedian told Griffin that she’s sick of “the boys club” and having to constantly prove herself...

Jasmine Sanders Jasmine Sanders Oct 02, 2018. 21 comments

A Hero Ain’t Nothin But a Bandage

A Hero Ain’t Nothin But a Bandage

Aging conservative rapper Kanye West has had quite a weekend! After his stint on SNL for the season premiere, clips from Sunday’s episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians began circulating online, featuring the Kardashian-Jenner Klan’s second confirmed Trump supporter (the first being Caitlyn, who voiced her support for Trump back in 2016, but has since rescinded).

In a 90-second clip, Kim,...

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Frida Garza Frida Garza Sep 12, 2018. 19 comments

Norm MacDonald Had Louis C.K. Call Roseanne Barr to Give Her Advice

Norm MacDonald Had Louis C.K. Call Roseanne Barr to Give Her Advice

Norm Macdonald is getting his own Netflix show because David Letterman felt sorry for him—why, I cannot be sure. And, because sympathy must be paid forward, Norm MacDonald feels sorry for Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr—two people who do not need anyone’s sympathy, as evidenced by recent actions. As you know, both C.K. and Barr have lost career opportunities in the last year: C.K. because he...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Aug 28, 2018. 24 comments

Here They Come Again 

Here They Come Again 

It was inevitable, and then it happened: Louis CK made an unannounced appearance at the Comedy Cellar on Sunday night, his first performance since he admitted in November 2017 that he masturbated in front of non-consenting women. CK, who didn’t address his sexual misconduct in his brief set, is clearly testing whether the time is right for his comeback. He’s not alone. Here they come, bearing...

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Bobby Finger Bobby Finger Aug 28, 2018. 18 comments

Louis C.K. Is Back, Baby!

Louis C.K. Is Back, Baby!

Less than 10 months after The New York Times published their story about five women who accused comedian Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct—which is a friendlier way of saying he liked pulling out his penis in front of women less powerful than himself (after asking!!!) and masturbating as they watched—the man behind countless shows I never watched because I was sick of straight dudes telling me...

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Maria Sherman Maria Sherman May 26, 2018. 23 comments

Rebecca Corry on Louis C.K.: 'It’s Hell Making the Decision to Speak Out, and It’s Hell After'

Rebecca Corry on Louis C.K.: 'It’s Hell Making the Decision to Speak Out, and It’s Hell After'

In a new op-ed for Vulture, comedian Rebecca Corry addresses questions she’d never have to answer in a more ideal world. As she points out in the first line of the article, it has been six months since she told the New York Times that
Louis C.K. asked to masturbate in front of her and tone-deaf inquires about her experience have cropped up consistently since.

She makes it clear—and it should...

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills May 25, 2018. 24 comments

Sarah Silverman Doesn't See Why Alleged Predators 'Can’t Continue Being Artists'

Sarah Silverman Doesn't See Why Alleged Predators 'Can’t Continue Being Artists'

In a new profile for GQ’s Comedy Issue, Sarah Silverman talks about what to do with her pal Louis C.K., who you might remember was accused, for years , of being a serial exhibitionist who masturbated in front of women comedians, some without their consent, a rumor confirmed with a New York Times investigation last year.

And when Silverman is asked about her feelings towards the “scandal,” she...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Apr 18, 2018. 24 comments

Finally, the Sympathetic Article No One Asked for About How Louis C.K. Can Make His Comeback

Finally, the Sympathetic Article No One Asked for About How Louis C.K. Can Make His Comeback

The Hollywood Reporter has tipped a tepid toe into the still-raging waters of the #MeToo moment and decided that right now would be a great time for a friendly, entirely sympathetic piece exploring the ways Louis C.K. can make his comeback. The piece comes five months after C.K. finally admitted, following years of rumors, that he masturbated in front of people who did not want him to. The...

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Aimée Lutkin Aimée Lutkin Jan 10, 2018. 11 comments

TBS Gives Louis C.K.'s Latest Animated Project the Boot

TBS Gives Louis C.K.'s Latest Animated Project the Boot

Louis C.K., who has been booted from an astonishing number of cartoon features since his fall from grace, has been cut from yet another animated series formerly headed to TBS.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, TBS has officially called it quits on animated series The Cops, which was being produced by C.K. The series was created by C.K. and Albert Brooks, and would have featured C.K.’s...

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Aimée Lutkin Aimée Lutkin Dec 22, 2017. 5 comments

Louis C.K. Has Been Dubbed Out of a Cartoon Where He Played a Monster Who Tells People to Get In His Mouth

Louis C.K. Has Been Dubbed Out of a Cartoon Where He Played a Monster Who Tells People to Get In His Mouth

Louis C.K. has retreated into the dark, where he is making tiny piles of amends to sleep on. Meanwhile, his many employers left behind are dealing with the fall-out of losing their star. That includes Gravity Falls, the Disney Channel cartoon where C.K. voiced a one-armed monster who tried to talk people into getting into his mouth. Yikes!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, C.K....

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Lauren Evans Lauren Evans Dec 11, 2017. 10 comments

Louis C.K. Will Buy Back the Rights to His Creepy Film for $5 Million

Louis C.K. Will Buy Back the Rights to His Creepy Film for $5 Million

Louis C.K. is buying back the rights to his abysmal-looking comedy I Love You, Daddy after it was dropped in the wake of numerous sexual misconduct claims made against him.

According to Deadline, indie distributor The Orchard has agreed to sell C.K. back the film’s global rights for $5 million, which is what it paid following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

C.K.’s...

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Madeleine Davies Madeleine Davies Nov 24, 2017. 24 comments

On Rumors

On Rumors

The revelation in Thursday’s New York Times that comedian Louis CK acted sexually inappropriate with women comedians was not a revelation to us here at Jezebel. In 2012, Jezebel’s sibling site, Gawker, ran a blind item about a “critically cherished sitcom auteur” who masturbated in front of “a female comedy duo” at the Aspen Comedy Festival. In May 2015, Gawker’s Jordan Sargent talked to a...

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Lauren Evans Lauren Evans Nov 14, 2017. 12 comments

Louis C.K.'s Former Manager Apologizes For Silencing Victims

Louis C.K.'s Former Manager Apologizes For Silencing Victims

Louis C.K.’s former manager, Dave Becky, has issued an apology for trying to cover up complaints raised by two of C.K.’s accusers, Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov. The two women were among the five cited in a New York Times story that finally solidified long-swirling rumors about C.K.’s misconduct. From Variety:

“I profoundly regret and am deeply sorry for not listening to and not...

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Madeleine Davies Madeleine Davies Nov 12, 2017. 23 comments

Jon Stewart Doesn't Like Being Asked About Louis C.K.'s Alleged Sexual Harassment of Female Comics

Jon Stewart Doesn't Like Being Asked About Louis C.K.'s Alleged Sexual Harassment of Female Comics

Participating in a University of Chicago live taping of David Axelrod’s podcast The Axe Files, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart got a bit rankled when an audience member asked about frequent Daily Show guest Louis C.K. and what thought goes into booking someone with an alleged history of sexual harassment.

As a reminder, rumors that Louis C.K. has a rude habit of surprising young...

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