In 2017, The New York Times published an exposé including accusations from multiple women that CK exposed himself and masturbated in front of them. CK later admitted the sexual misconduct.
On Saturday (4 April), the comedian uploaded a surprise stand-up special titled Sincerely Louis CK to his website, which he said was for those who “need to laugh” during the coronavirus pandemic.
“How was your last couple of years?” he asked the Washington DC crowd during the show. “Anybody else get in global amounts of trouble?
“I learned a lot. I learned how to eat alone in a restaurant with people giving me the finger from across the room.”
He added: “I thought I should leave the nation. Thought it was a good idea. Would have left the planet if they had another one of those.”
The comedian also discussed the allegations of him masturbating in front of women, saying: “I like jerking off, I don’t like being alone, that’s all I can tell you. 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.”
On the topic of consent, CK said: “If you want to do it with someone else, you need to ask first. But if they say yes, you still don’t get to go, ‘Woo!’ and charge ahead. You need to check in often, I guess that’s what I’d say.
“It’s not always clear how people feel. Men are taught to make sure the woman is okay. The thing is, women know how to seem okay when they’re not okay.”
CK did not stop there, and later in his set made a comparison between non-consensual sex and slaves singing while being forced to work. “It’s kind of like a Negro spiritual,” he said. “It’s sort of similar. So to assume that she likes it is like if they heard slaves singing in the field and you’re like, ‘Hey, they’re having a good time out there.’”
Throughout the special, CK also made jokes about necrophilia, paedophilia, terrorism, people with disabilities and the Holocaust.
Last year, a group of women gathered outside CK’s stand-up show in Tel Aviv, Israel, to protest against his appearance. They held up signs reading: “I don’t want to see your d**k.”