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Disgraced Comedian Louis C.K. Self-Distributes New Comedy Special

Louis C.K., who confessed in late 2017 that long-standing rumors about his sexual predation were true, decided that the creeping death wave of the coronavirus pandemic was the right time to fire off a new comedy special.

Sincerely, shot at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. last fall, is not available to rent or purchase through any major platform, but is available for $7.99 on C.K.’s website.

His successful 2019 theater tour came after a series of unannounced and highly controversial pop-ins at clubs. Word of the special went out in a newsletter to anyone that had previously engaged with his site (perhaps to watch Horace and Pete). The note read that there are two types of people in the world: those who approach tragic times with sober gravity, and those who choose laughter. Sincerely, said C.K., is for those who need to laugh.

C.K.’s comedy has always dealt with taboo subjects—but they certainly took on a new light at the dawn of the #MeToo movement, when C.K. admitted that he had barricaded women in rooms and forced them to watch him masturbate; his management then used career-killing threats to keep the story quiet. The newly released set reportedly includes a bit that touches directly on C.K.’s misconduct: “I like jerking off, I don’t like being alone, that’s all I can tell you,” he says. “I get lonely, it’s just sad. I like company. I like to share. I’m good at it, too. If you’re good at juggling, you wouldn’t do it alone in the dark. You’d gather folks and amaze them.*

Toward the end of the show, C.K. also apparently shares what he says he’s learned about consent: "Women know how to seem okay when they’re not okay.”

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