Louis C.K. returned to the stage for the first time since admitting to sexual misconduct back in November.

Louis C.K. made an unannounced appearance at New York City’s Comedy Cellar on Sunday, going on stage around 11:00pm and doing a 15-minute set of typical Louis C.K. material according to the club’s owner, Noam Dworman.

“It sounded just like he was trying to work out some new material,” Dworman told The New York Times, “almost like any time of the last 10 years he would come in at the beginning of a new act.”

According to Dworman, Louis C.L. seemed “very relaxed” and was actually given a standing ovation by the audience of 115 who was treated to the surprise appearance. However, not all were happy that Louis C.K. was on stage. On Monday, the Comedy Cellar received a phone call from an audience member expressing their displeasure with the appearance and complained of not being given advance notice. But there were multiple emails the following day expressing gratitude and thanks for letting the comic jump on for a quick set, so the good outweighs the bad? Kind of?

Still, Dworman told The New York Times “there can’t be a permanent life sentence on someone who does something wrong.”

“I didn’t think it was going to happen as soon as it did,” he told the newspaper. “I had thought that the first time he’d go on would be in a more controlled environment. But he decided to just rip the Band-Aid off.”

Back in November, The New York Times published a report in which five women accused the comedian of sexual misconduct, including masturbating in front of them. After the report was published, Louis C.K. admitted their “stories were true” and that he was “remorseful of [his] actions.”

After the story was released, FX cut ties with Louis C.K. and the release of his film, I Love You, Daddy, was also canceled.

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