This courageous woman stood up to Louis C.K. by heckling him and is sharing her inspiring story.
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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.”

Kudos to Randall for standing up for what she believes in. C.K. should not be able to force unsuspecting audience members to watch his set shortly after to confessing to forcing unsuspecting women to watch his “set.”

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"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

Photo courtesy of John Scully

When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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