CARY, N.C. (WNCN/CBS) — Controversial comedian Louis C.K. will be performing at a comedy club in Cary on Wednesday night.
C.K., 51, is slowly returning to the stage after five women accused him of sexual misconduct more than a year ago.
The comedian will be performing at the Raleigh Improv just a few weeks after audio leaked of a mid-December stand-up performance at the Governor’s Comedy Club on Long Island, New York.
Louis C.K., who built a career on shock humor, telling crude and often dark jokes, began his Long Island set by saying he lost $35 million in one day following the sexual misconduct allegations against him. He then went on to tell several controversial jokes to a room of roaring laughter.
The leaked audio resulted in outrage across social media.
“I loved New York for 20 years, now I would rather be in Auschwitz. Honestly, I would.”
During the Dec. 16, 2018, set, C.K. makes fun of gender identity and non-binary people.
“They tell you what to call them — ‘You should address me as they, them, because I identify as gender neutral.’ Oh OK, OK. ‘You should address me as there, because I identify as a location, and the location is your mother’s (expletive).'”
C.K. then appeared to mock the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen people died in that attack. Some of the survivors have become vocal advocates for stricter gun control.
“You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot. Why does that mean I have to listen to you? How does that make you interesting? You didn’t get shot. You pushed some fat kid in the way!”
“He’s disgusting. I wouldn’t support him,” Alyssa Armstrong said.
“There’s a line you can’t cross, and I think if he’s doing that then that’s definitely not OK,”
Rosemary Harlow said.
“I’m also excited to hear some of his comedy bits because he is a funny guy,” Scott Nesbitt-Washington said.
Following the audio leak, the Improv is taking no chances of a repeat. According to a notice on the website, no phones or smart accessories will be allowed.
This event will be a phone-free experience. Use of cellphones, smart watches, smart accessories, cameras or recording devices will not be permitted in the performance space.
Upon arrival at the venue, all phones and smart watches will be secured in Yondr cases that will be opened at the end of the event. Guests maintain possession of their phones at all times, and can access their phones throughout the show at designated Phone Use Areas in the venue. All phones will be re-secured in Yondr cases before returning to the performance space. Guests are encouraged to print their tickets in advance to ensure a smooth entry process.
Anyone seen using a cellphone during the performance will be escorted out of the venue. We appreciate your cooperation in creating a phone-free viewing experience.
On Monday afternoon, the public relations firm that represents Raleigh Improv released a statement to CBS 17.
Here is the full statement from Wendy Zocks Public Relations:
We see comedy as the final frontier and we don’t censor artists. We want them to perform without scrutiny. We trust that our audiences can decide for themselves what their limits are. We understand that not everyone will agree with our decision and we respect their right to protest. We also respect Louis CK’s right to perform. — Improv Comedy Clubs
Tickets for C.K.’s Cary show range from $35 to $85. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
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