On Saturday, with audiences largely quarantined of their properties due to the coronavirus, and comics placing on a six-hour profit on-line, Laugh Aid, to assist struggling performers, Louis C.Okay. accomplished the final stage of his comeback with the shock launch of a new particular, “Sincerely.”
It was his first particular since he confessed in 2017 to sexual misconduct, which he referred to within the present as “global amounts of trouble.”
In a nod to the timing of the particular, he wrote an e-mail to his followers saying there are two sorts of individuals: those that cope with tough, tragic instances by laughing at them, and people who select to method such instances with sober gravity. He stated that the brand new particular was for many who have to snigger, however added in a postscript: “It’s not free or anything.” (It price $7.99 and was out there on louisck.com.)
The comic, who wore his ordinary black shirt and denims onstage, directed the present himself on the Warner Theater in Washington, earlier than the pandemic. It started, just like the 2019 comeback particular from Aziz Ansari, with a scene of the comedian filmed from the again as he walked onstage, and ended with onscreen notes thanking the French comedian Blanche Gardin, his girlfriend, and a dedication to his mom, Mary Louise Szekely, who died final 12 months.
In between, the set was a shorter however very related model of the efficiency he gave in Richmond, Va., in November, which I reviewed for the Times. It touched on pedophilia, the Holocaust, being closer to death and his sexual scandals.
As for Laugh Aid, which ran on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms, technical glitches plagued the benefit, which starred Whitney Cummings, Craig Robinson and other comics.