Controversy surrounding Louis C.K. comedy show in Madison

MADISON, Wis. — Tickets to see Louis C.K., who hasn’t performed on tour in four years due to his MeToo sexual misconduct, sold out by Monday afternoon for Comedy on State Street. It’s a set of five shows starting on July 25-27.

This fact had Dana Pallabon, the Co-Executive Director of the Dane County Rape Crisis Center, worried about the wellbeing of victims of sexual abuse.

“What that can do is trigger responses from survivors that can range from anger, to disappointment, to sadness,” explained Pallabon. “No matter who enables persons that commit sexual violence, that we are still here and we do believe you.”

C.K. has been away from touring for four years after multiple fellow female comedians accused him of sexual misconduct. After initially pushing back, C.K. eventually admitted to his misbehavior.

This tour appears to be a way for C.K. to help re-establish his career, and some locals are surprised with Comedy On State.

“Sure, it’s a mainstream area and they could get a lot of revenue and a lot of money for it, but like I said is it really worth it?” shared UW-Madison student, Andrew Zemeske.