Since Louis C.K. confessed to masturbating in front of women last year, the comedian has been attempting a return to stand up by doing “surprise” performances at comedy clubs, leaving many wondering if it’s too soon.
After finding out that C.K. is on the bill, some audience members have begrudgingly stayed, and some audience members have walked out in protest.
One audience member’s reaction to a recent C.K. surprise set has gone viral.
Klaire Randall was in the audience for one such set at New York City’s Comedy Cellar, and decided to protest the performance by heckling him. During a lull in the performance, Randall yelled out at C.K., telling him to get his dick out. Randall Tweeted about the moment, and her Tweet went viral.
Randall explained what happened in her own words. “The first thing I thought when they announced Louis’s name was was that it had to be a joke. I was pissed off. I looked at my boyfriend and we had this moment of can we get up and leave right now, or do we sit through it and give this guy a chance?”
Randall recently told The Cut. “His jokes started out like ‘my life is hard now, I had a bad year, feel bad for me.’ There was nothing like ‘hey I ruined my own life by masturbating in front of women.” C.K.’s apparent lack of remorse for his actions has been an issue.
According to Vice, C.K.’s jokes began to become more sexual and covered topics such as "putting thermometers up your asshole" and "eight-year-old girls thinking about having sex."
“I wasn’t thinking at the time that it would become news, I wasn’t trying to make him mad or get laughs from the audience, I just knew that I could not sit in that room and let him think he had an uninterrupted stage,” Randall told The Cut. “He looked shell-shocked. He looked directly at me, full eye contact and said ‘WHAT!?’ I repeat myself like, ‘get your fucking dick out.’ At that point, the crowd was jeering, there were a few boos coming from a few people.”
At that point, Comedy Cellar told Randall she couldn’t heckle the comedians. “It was not a forceful getting-kicked-out, but it was heavily implied," Randall said. "It was very much like: 'Your tab is covered, go.'"
Randall has no regrets over heckling C.K. and has received a flood of support. “All I could think at the time was that I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself if I had this opportunity to publicly call out an abuser to his face and I just quietly sat there.
"I was just thinking about every woman I know who has been sexually assaulted, sexually harassed or bullied in some way or another. And to see the rest of the audience just be so excited and legitimately happy that he was there was scary. Because I knew that everyone else was on his side.”