Disgraced comedian Louis C.K. continued his controversial comeback tour by mocking the high schoolers who survived the Parkland massacre during a recent gig in Long Island, according to newly-released audio of the set.
“You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot. Why does that mean I have to listen to you?” the stand-up whined in audio of a Dec. 16 performance published to Youtube on Sunday.
“Why does that make you interesting? You didn’t get shot. You pushed some fat kid in the way and now I gotta listen to you talking,” C.K. added, to howling laughter from the audience at the Governor’s Comedy Club in Long Island.
“They testify in front of Congress these kids … What are you doing? You’re young, you should be crazy, you should be unhinged. Not in a suit saying, ‘I’m here to tell you … F**k you,’” C.K. continued.
Teens including David Hogg, 18, and Emma Gonzalez, 19, became high-profile advocates for gun control after 17 people were shot dead in their Florida school on Feb. 14 — the deadliest mass shooting at a high school in US history.
The 51-year-old comic — who less than a year ago admitted to sexual misconduct by masturbating in front of women — continued to rail against youngsters in his hour-long spiel.
“They’re just boring,” C.K. said. “F*****g telling me you shouldn’t say that. What are you an old lady?”
The comic, who’s been performing at clubs around the city in recent months after a hiatus, was quickly skewered online for his latest set — including by the father of a Parkland victim.
This hacky, unfunny, shallow routine is just a symptom of how people are afraid to feel empathy. It’s much easier to laugh at our most vulnerable than to look at their pain directly & show them love and concern. Louis CK is all fear and bitterness now. He can’t look inward. https://t.co/aQVG0rk87y— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow)
“To anyone who knows Louis CK, please deliver this message for me. My daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting. My son ran from the bullets. My wife and I deal with loss everyday. Why don’t you come to my house and try out your new pathetic jokes?” tweeted Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in the mass shooting.
To anyone who knows Louis CK, please deliver this message for me. My daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting. My son ran from the bullets. My wife and I deal with loss everyday. Why don’t you come to my house and try out your new pathetic jokes? https://t.co/tZI9ThSciR— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg)
The former darling of the comedy world — who was hit with the cancellation of an upcoming film and had to sever ties with HBO and Netflix over his admitted misconduct — also used the set to grouse about his difficult year since the scandal broke.
“I live in New York. I f — king hate it now. I loved New York for 20 years. Now I’d rather be in Auschwitz, honestly. I mean Auschwitz now,” C.K. said.
According to CNN, he also mocked people with disabilities, and the audience can be heard laughing throughout the controversial set.
Twitter users, however, were not amused.
Louis CK has always been overrated. Now it’s time for him to change careers. https://t.co/JZxvH2PYcG— Jeannie Hartley🌊 (@Jeannie_Hartley)
Remember when Louis CK was this revolutionarily insightful comedian and not a disgusting pervert who mocked the disabled and teenage survivors of a mass shooting? Crazy, huh.— George Morrow (@georgemorrow)
I like dark humour, in fact Frankie Boyle is one of my favourite comedians. But this is truly awful to listen to. It’s not funny at all. Louis C.K is a disgusting man in every aspect and he’s not a comedian, he’s a jackass. I hope his career stays dead, we don’t need him. https://t.co/TPPL51vuMZ— The Don (@donson_jay)