After a number of women came forward and accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct, the disgraced comedian promised to “step back and take a long time to listen.” Less than a year later, Louis C.K. has returned to the comedy club circuit, and based on the early returns, it doesn’t seem like he did much listening at all.
Now, a full audio recording of a recent Louis C.K. standup set has leaked onto the Internet, and it contains more problematic comments. Notably, he goes after survivors of the Parkland school shooting who have become advocates for gun control (“You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot… You didn’t get shot”).
In another instance, he mocks gender non-conforming people (“They tell you what to call them: ‘You should address me as they/them, because I identify as gender neutral.’ Oh, ok. You should address me as ‘there’ because I identify as a location. And the location is your mother’s cunt”).
Louis C.K. isn’t tone-deaf in his comments — he acknowledges as much. Rather, he simply doesn’t care: “What are you – going to take away my birthday? My life is over. I don’t give a shit,” he tells the audience.
Recently, Live Nation’s comedy president predicted Louis C.K.’s comeback. While it’s doubtful any major TV network or movie studio will work with him again, Louis C.K. certainly seem to be positioning himself for a slot on Fox News.