The disgraced comedian made his first public appearance in New York where he performed on stage at the Comedy Cellar, however, he remained silent on the scandal which saw him admit to sexual misconduct including masturbating in front of women.
According to The Wrap, he made his surprise appearance at 11pm and performed for 15 minutes before receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.
Club owner Noah Dworman said that CK joked about “typical stuff” with a set described as “...very ordinary for him.”
Upon being asked how he felt about CK’s unexpected appearance, Dworman said: “This has been very hard for us. We know that it is not right that he shouldn’t be able to perform again, but there is no clear time to decide how long is appropriate. He showed up and now we’re thrown into it and we hope it turns out OK.”
Upon admitting to inappropriate sexual behaviour, CK lost his production deal with FX, Netflix and HBO. Distributor The Orchard cancelled the release of his film I Love You, Daddy which he wrote, directed and starred in opposite Chloe Grace Moretz, Charlie Day and Edie Falco.
The claims were first made against CK by five women in November 2017 who accused the comedian of masturbating in front of them. CK issued a statement admitting to the allegations, writing: “I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.”
Aziz Ansari also returned to the limelight over the weekend following an article in which an unnamed woman alleged he attempted to initiate sex despite her apparent unwillingness. The Master of None star - who later said he believed the encounter was "completely consensual" - performed a standup set in Milwaukee in which he reportedly joked heavily about dating while avoiding mention of the article.