Louis C.K. performed the first of three sold-out shows in San Jose on Wednesday night but not everyone was excited to see him.
Protestors gathered outside the San Jose Improv, so of whom are part of the San Jose-based Enough is Enough Voter Project, to protest C.K.’s performance.
The embattled comedian is performing three shows there this week and the Improv defended booking him for the gig.
“We see comedy as the final frontier and we don’t censor artists. We want them to perform without scrutiny. We trust that our audiences can decide for themselves what their limits are. We understand that not everyone will agree with our decision and we respect their right to protest. We also respect Louis C.K.’s right to perform,” the club said in a statement to the S.F. Chronicle.
In addition to his admission of sexual misconduct, Louis C.K. took heat recently when leaked audio from a recent stand-up performance showed the comedian taking aim at millennials and the victims of school shootings.
The 2-minute audio recording, which was originally posted to a YouTube channel before being deleted, also touched on C.K.’s issues with gender association before setting his crosshairs on the survivors from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting speaking to Congress.
“You’re not interesting because you went to a school where kids were shot,” the comedian said, adding, “You didn’t get shot, you pushed some fat kid out of the way.”
In response, Fred Guttenberg, the well-known father of 14-year-old Jaime Guttenbeg, had some words of his own. “To anyone who knows Louis CK, please deliver this message for me. My daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting. My son ran from the bullets. My wife and I deal with loss everyday.”
Fellow comedian and good friend Ricky Gervais defended C.K., saying on Twitter, “Please stop saying ‘You can’t joke about anything anymore.’ You can … You can joke about whatever the f**k you like. And some people won’t like it and they will tell you they don’t like it. And then it’s up to you whether you give a f**k or not. And so on. It’s a good system.”