• Liza Treyger on Louis CK, TJ Miller: Being a comedian is a privilege, not a right

    Liza Treyger has a simple request to her colleagues: Stop touching women you barely know at work. She’s tired of dudes she doesn’t like kissing her on the cheek when she asks them not to or strangers rubbing her lower back. Treyger noticed a distinct shift in behavior after the 2016 election and was disappointed to learn that many of her comedy friends held some troubling positions on sexual abuse

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    Tig Notaro books Pittsburgh comic who sacrifices gig over Louis CK

    Louis C.K. is in the news again—though he hasn’t actually done anything this week. Comedian John Dick Winters made waves in the Pittsburgh comedy scene for canceling a gig at a venue that booked C.K. And Tig Notaro is giving him a big thumbs up. Winters canceled with the Pittsburgh Improv when the club announced it had booked the former comedy wunderkind on what could be called an unofficial comeback

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    Judd Apatow on Louis CK: He should perform, but not punch down

    Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes went on SiriusXM’s Jim & Sam to promote the third season of their HBO series Crashing, which premieres on January 20, and they had something to say about Louis C.K.’s recently leaked set. The interview started with the guests and hosts—Jim Norton and Sam Roberts—talking about Artie Lange’s drug issues and how it affected the Crashing shoot. Holmes smiles slightly as he describes the “nose continuity” issues while

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    Janeane Garofalo defends Louis C.K. on podcast: This doesn’t win me any friends.

    Janeane Garofalo thinks that people need to leave Louis C.K. alone. The comedian went on Bust’s Poptarts podcast back in December to talk about feminism and her comedy career. The episode was released on Friday. The whole podcast seemed fairly confrontational. Hosts Emily Rems and Callie Watts did not seem to purposefully provoke Garofalo, as the hosts and Garofalo remained respectful about their different takes on the sexualization of women and

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    Opinion: Comedians should be able to test bad jokes…even Louis C.K.

    The most recent Louis C.K. controversy brings up the conversation about whether or not a stand-up stage is a sacred place. Comedy clubs have policies barring recordings of their comics and bigger names like Dave Chappelle have utilized special services to ensure their material is not leaked ahead of a big Netflix release. Laughspin has asked two stand-up comics to examine each side of the privacy of the comedy club.

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    Opinion: Louis C.K. should not expect a safe space on stage

    The most recent Louis C.K. controversy brings up the conversation about whether or not a stand-up stage is a sacred place. Comedy clubs have policies barring recordings of their comics and bigger names like Dave Chappelle have utilized special services to ensure their material is not leaked ahead of a big Netflix release. Laughspin has asked two stand-up comics to examine each side of the privacy of the comedy club.

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    Louis C.K. leaked stand-up on Parkland shooting, pronouns enrages Twitter

    Louis C.K. is back in the news as a leaked stand-up set from a December 16 performance at Governor’s Comedy Club got passed around Twitter over the weekend. In the leaked audio recording, which has been ripped and re-uploaded multiple times, C.K. does material about gender non-binary people, school shootings, eating ice cream, and losing $35 million in a day. As just about everyone knows, the once-beloved comedian has been

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    Louis C.K. runs new hour…in Paris?

    The unofficial Louis C.K. comeback tour has gone international. According to Deadline, the self-sullied stand-up performed an hourlong set at Paris’ Theatre De L’Oeuvre on November 6. His participation at the French theater’s New York comedy night is his first major comedic outing since admitting to sexually harassing five of his former female staffers last fall. The closing performance also comes on the heels of his mini-tour of New York’s

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    The Louis CK problem: Three things we need to stop doing (Guest post)

    Stop pretending club bookers have an ethical puzzle on their hands. For the love of comedy, please stop interviewing club owners about their Louis CK “dilemma” as if it’s some kind of Sophie’s Choice. It’s a business decision. To state the obvious, club owners own the club. They can—and do—decide to turn comics away from their stages for any number of reasons; reasons, by the way, they’re not required to

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    Sarah Silverman says Louis C.K. masturbated in front of her

    Sarah Silverman has had a wild 24 hours after she made comments about Louis C.K. and his propensity to whip it out in front of female comedians. Silverman went on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show Monday morning and made shared that C.K. used to consensually masturbate in front of her. The former Louie star admitted last November that the accusations of his sexual misconduct were true. While he confirmed the events

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    Ted Alexandro stresses the importance of owning your own comedy special in 2018 (Interview)

    Ted Alexandro is a beloved comic’s comic who continues to add to his prolific career. During his 25+ years in the industry, he has had two half-hour specials on Comedy Central, appeared on a variety of late night shows, and performed at iconic venues like Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall. If you’re a fan of stand-up, you should be a fan of the New York-native currently touring with Jim

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    Louis CK: I’ve been ‘to hell and back’ and lost $35 million (Exclusive)

    The Louis C.K. comeback controversy continues to unfold. The still-adored stand-up comedian—who last year admitted to frequent workplace sexual harassment by masturbating in front of or asking to masturbate in front of multiple women—has dropped in at multiple New York City comedy clubs this week, Laughspin has confirmed. Unlike his previous controversial appearances, the fallen star is finally talking about the sexual misconduct and what he’s been up to the

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    Comedy Club’s new Louis C.K. policy shirks responsibility (Opinion)

    After receiving (merited) backlash to Louis C.K.’s first unexpected drop-in set on August 26th, the Comedy Cellar made a move that conveniently shifts the onus of their booking choices back onto the audience. Rather than take a stand in either direction, the Comedy Cellar’s way of dealing with the “controversy” of Louis C.K.’s return is by posting a new disclaimer sign in the club (which is also printed on tickets).

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    Louis C.K.’s second Comedy Cellar appearance tests club’s new Swim At Your Own Risk policy

    Louis C.K. made a return to stand-up at the infamous Comedy Cellar late Sunday night. Again. This new hiatus lasted just 5 weeks. Two women walked out during his set, but reports claim his material was well-received. According to The New York Times, the set lasted about 20 minutes as he read mostly from notes. Once again he did not address his admitted sexual misconduct, something he has not spoken

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    Barry Crimmins: The hottest 63-year-old comedian in showbiz (Laughspin Interview)

    Barry Crimmins is one of the best comedians you’ve never heard of. The 40-plus year veteran came up with many names you know quite well: Steven Wright, Lenny Clark, Kevin Meaney, Bobcat Goldthwait, Paula Poundstone. He even ran two comedy clubs, The Ding Ho and Stitches, in the 1980s. Stand-up historians and avid comedy geeks know about Crimmins well. A comic’s comic, he never quite broke into the mainstream with

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