Anthony Jeselnik is fascinated by Louis C.K.s attempts at a comeback.
In an interviewwith the Daily Beasts The Last Laugh podcast, Jeselnik spoke about hisnew Comedy Central talk show Good Talk, which debuts Friday, as well as the types of jokes he wont tell anymore, being uncancelable, and his recentNetflix special, . Asked about C.K.s comeback after accused him of sexual misconduct, Jeselnikresponded: People keep asking the question, should he be allowed to perform? And I think thats the wrong question. This is show business. Its not fair, just, or even remotely reasonable. The question is, should you buy a ticket? And thats up to the audience member.
He went on to point out that Netflix gave a platform to apologize for his own misconduct, so why wouldnt they do it for C.K.:
Im not sure that Netflix would be completely against putting up his special. I dont know if I would watch it, but Ive read every single article about it. Im just fascinated. Its like watching somebody fall down. I dont feel bad for him at all. I think that he did this. And if he can fight his way back, Im interested in watching someone drag themselves through barbed wire.
Its a counterpoint to Dave Chappelles latest Netflix special, , in which he laments the (male) comedians who have been (temporarily) canceled. Chappelle suggests that C.K. didnt do anything criminal by masturbating in front of women he worked with, and that cancel culture is out of control. Jeselnik doesnt get into Chappelles special but says he was a little surprised by where C.K.s taken his in-progress comeback material, like the widely circulated bit mockingParkland shooting survivors.
I think its funny just to watch this guy who was like the comedy god for 10 years have to eat all this shit, he says.
But Jeselnik sees one plus to C.K. having to disappear, however briefly: Louis C.K., him getting kind of taken out, I think it opened doors for a lot of people. Because he was just dominating the conversation, in a way that, you werent talking about anyone else.
H/T the Daily Beast