Dave Chappelle managed to address the controversy surrounding last year’s standup specials, and ignite a new one all at once. The comedian’s latest Netflix standup offers a measured response to jokes about Caitlyn Jenner and the transgender community, though a subsequent special sees Chappelle questioning both the #MeToo movement and fellow comedian Louis C.K.’s accusers.
After numerous women accused comedian Louis C.K. of sexual harassment, The Orchard immediately nixed plans to premiere and release the black-and-white film he shot in secret over the summer. I Love You, Daddy, which was set to hit theaters on November 17, was shelved as C.K. released a public statement acknowledging his history of predatory behavior with female peers and colleagues. C.K. has remained silent in the weeks since, but according to Deadline, the comedian and director is closing a deal to buy the rights to I Love You, Daddy back from the distributor.
FX seemed somewhat slower to cut ties with producing partner Louis C.K., instead labeling their relationship “under review.” Now, following the comedian’s own statement, FX confirms C.K. will no longer act as producer to Better Things, Baskets or others, with production suspended on a TBS comedy as well.
In recent months, while promoting the release of his upcoming indie feature I Love You, Daddy, Louis C.K. has been asked about rumors of his sexual misconduct that have circulated for years. Given that some parts of his film eerily — and perhaps even brazenly — evoke those rumors, it’s a fair question, but one he has repeatedly dodged, refusing to validate those rumors by so much as acknowledging them. But after five women came forward with allegations about C.K.’s past sexual misconduct in the New York Times, the comedian has finally broken his silence in a heartfelt letter.
This afternoon, the New York premiere of Louis C.K.’s upcoming film I Love You, Daddy was canceled amid reports that the New York Times was on the verge of publishing a major story about the comedian. That story is, as many suspected, a damning exposé on C.K.’s history of alleged sexual misconduct. Five women went on the record with the Times to share stories of uncomfortable encounters with C.K., the oldest of which dates back to the late ’90s.
It's always fun to pull up old videos of people who have now "made it." Take, for instance, this 24-year-old video of a then 24-year-old Louis C.K. He was appearing on a short-lived television show with comedian Paul Provenza called Comics Only. And it's not great.
Louis C.K. was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night.
He said when he was a writer on The Dana Carvey Show in 1996, Jimmy Fallon auditioned for a writing position.
While Fallon was very talented -- even back then, Louis (whose full name is Louis Székely) says he torpedoed Fallon's chances.