When Louis C.K. made what many thoughts was his first public performance at New York City's Comedy Cellar this past Sunday, no one realized that if they had made the short trek to Long Island they could have seen the divisive comedian taking his first steps with no publicity at all, with photos of the show just released by TMZ.
C.K. took his first steps out of the shadow the #MeToo allegations have cast on his legacy in Levittown, Long Island, performing at the comedy club Governor's, where witnesses say he got an overwhelmingly positive reaction complete with a standing ovation. James Dolce, the owner of Governor's told TMZ that not a soul at the club knew that C.K. was going to be stopping by for a performance, which stretched to about 10 to 15 minutes.
In the photos that TMZ has acquired from the set, it is clear that C.K. is treating it like a warm-up gig for his big return in New York City later that evening, at one point even pulling out a notebook as he tried out material for the first time.
Only a few hours later, C.K. took his performance to Greenwich Village and the Comedy Cellar, surprising another unexpected audience in the much more publicized set and inspiring massive amounts of debate in the media and amongst comedians questioning whether his comeback came too soon.