Louis C.K. Makes Surprise Return to Standup Following Sexual Misconduct Revelations

In November of 2017, the #MeToo movement was still in its infancy, and many had yet to fully grasp the severity of the abuses of power that led so many women in Hollywood to band together.

These days, Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby — both of whom had reputations for predatory behavior long before they were finally held responsible for their actions — are both facing jail time while perpetrators of less appalling misconduct are prematurely seeking a path to redemption.

Louis C.K. falls into the latter category.

While whispers about the comic’s predatory behavior were not as widespread as in the cases of Weinstein or Cosby, many within the industry were sadly not surprised to learn that C.K. was in the habit of masturbating in front of female comics.

Often, the women accompanied C.K. to a private location after an industry event, under the impression that he intended to offer them career advice — a tactic that’s not unfamiliar to many of Weinstein’s victims.

On at least one occasion, C.K. blocked the exit to prevent his victim from escaping.

We can discuss C.K.’s behavior without using the “alleged” qualifier, as the comic has confessed the accounts of the five women who came forward are accurate.

Needless to say, that’s the sort of conduct that typically brings an end to one’s career in the public eye — which is why so many were stunned to learn that C.K. made a surprise return to the world of standup last night.

C.K. took the stage at New York’s famed Comedy Cellar last night, performing a short set that focused on observations on day-to-day life and kept a safe distance from social commentary.

In an interview with the New York Times, club owner Noan Dworman defended his decision to spring C.K. on the audience with a surprise performance:

“It sounded just like he was trying to work out some new material, almost like any time of the last 10 years he would come in at the beginning of a new act,” Dworman.

He added that the unannounced show was “typical Louis CK stuff” with jokes about racism, waitresses’ tips and the absurdity parades.

“It was very ordinary for him,” Dworman added.

He also noted that C.K. received “sustained applause” from the audience.

“It was a good reception. He went through an everyday list of jokes.”

On social media, the consensus is that it’s much too soon for C.K. to attempt a comeback and it was in poor taste to make his return in front of an audience that wasn’t expecting him.

However, a handful of comics who regard C.K. as a mentor have defended the decision:

“Will take heat for this, but people have to be allowed to serve their time and move on with their lives,” tweeted Michael Ian Black.

“I don’t know if it’s been long enough, or his career will recover, or if people will have him back, but I’m happy to see him try.”


Mike MacDonald Dies; Stand-Up Comedian Was 63

Mike MacDonald, a popular stand-up comedian well known and respected throughout Canada, passed away on Saturday at Ottawa Heart Institute as a result of heart complications.

He was 63 years old.

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MacDonald’s brother confirmed this sad piece of news to CTV News early on Sunday.

The passing has especially resonated in Montreal because MacDonald had performed at the Montreal-based Just For Laughs comedy festival more times than any other performer.

Tweeted this event from its official social media account:

“Saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friends and Canadian comedy legend Mike MacDonald.

“Over the years he has graced our stages more than any other comic and will be greatly missed.”

The son of a Royal Canadian Air Force officer, MacDonald was actually born in Metz, France.

He started his comedy career at the age of 24, moving to Toronto in order to perform at various venues once he quit his full-time job in order to focus on this industry for a living.

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In the wake of MacDonald’s passing

Over the years, MacDonald was featured on such programs as Late Night with David Letterman and The Arsenio Hall Show, while also starring in three specials for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

They were: “Mike MacDonald; On Target,” “My House! My Rules!,” and “Happy As I Can Be.”

In 2013, MacDonald underwent liver transplant surgery after a hepatitis C diagnosis two years earlier progressed to the point of organ failure.

It is unknown at this time whether that condition contributed to his unexpected death over the weekend.

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In the wake of MacDonald’s passing, numerous comedians and entertainers took to Twitter in order to mourn the hilarious star.

To wit…

Marc Maron: “Mike MacDonald died yesterday.He was the real deal. Comedy warrior. RIP.”

Jim Gaffigan: So sad to hear about Mike MacDonald. I had the pleasure of performing with Canadian comedy legend a couple times. Once at a [Just for Laughs] gala and recently when I performed in Ottawa…On both occasions he was pure class and funny as hell.”

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Jeremy Hotz: “I am pained to inform you that my friend and comedy mentor Mike MacDonald has passed away. Mike was a ferociously funny man. We shared so many good times. Thanks for taking me under your wing way back in the day. You were a great comic. You did your country proud.”

Kathy Griffin: “RIP. Respect must be paid. Thank you for the laughs, Mike. Thank you for the work ethic and being a real deal comic influencer.”

We send our thoughts to the comic’s loved ones.

May Mike MacDonald rest in peace.


Kellyanne Conway Performs Stand-Up Comedy. For Real.

Kellyanne Conway made many people laugh last weekend when she offered up the term "alternate facts" as a euphemism for White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer straight-up lying to the media.

But a new video of Conway actually acting as a stand-up comic has surfaced online.

And at no point in these 11-plus minutes does Donald Trump's trusted advisor make anyone laugh.

At least not with her.

The cringeworthy footage was filmed when Kellyanne was running The Polling Company and competed in a “Funniest Celebrity in Washington D.C.” charity contest in 1998.

Let's just say that she didn't win.

Then known as Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, the shameless hack tries to quip about the reasons why her foot is in a cast, while also tossing out some lawyer one-liners and even combining child abuse with the Washington Redskins at one point.

(Sample joke: "What’s the one difference between a pundette and Ally McBeal? Ally McBeal’s on a major network.")

As a grand finale, following several minutes of groans and/or silence from the crowd, Kellyanne sings… while dressed in a red feathered boa.

The song she sings is titled "The Pundette Blues.”

We don't want to criticize this so-called performance too harshly, out of fear that Kellyanne will find us and punch us in the face, but it's slightly off-tune.

Whatever you think of Conway as a human being, she is actually a terrific surrogate for Trump. She serves her purpose very well as his spokesperson.

So let's give her some credit for realizing that her future was definitely NOT in stand-up comedy, as we watch her bomb worse than Jeb Bush as a Presidential candidate:

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