Louis C.K. was on The Daily Show today.
Some people have been kinda pissed at Louis for an apparent Twitter blunder he made. It’s relevant because the subject of this tweet has been causing some discussion here at FTB, but a lot of people may not have heard about it, so I’ll try to catch you up.
Last week Daniel Tosh (who, disclosure, I’ve never found very funny to begin with) did a stand-up comedy routine where he made a fairly ham-handed rape joke. An audience member objected, and then he said “Wouldn’t if be funny if she were raped by five guys right now?” Well, no. No it would not.
Plenty of posters have summed up this situation far better than I could. The best post was drawn to my attention by Greta Christina. At Jezebel, Lindy West explained that yes, even extremely sensitive subjects like rape can be played for comedy. IF they are done in an extraordinarily graceful and intelligent way — i.e., not by Daniel Tosh. (Cheap shot!)
One of the comedians Lindy highlighted as being good at this sort of thing was Louis C.K. (who, disclosure, I’ve ALWAYS found very funny to begin with). But something that has caused a little cognitive dissonance is that shortly after this incident was described, Louis C.K. posted a tweet saying “@danieltosh your show makes me laugh every time I watch it. And you have pretty eyes.” Everyone was all like “WTF? Louis is giving Tosh cover!”
Anyway, he does The Daily Show episode last night, and explains that he hadn’t even heard about the shitstorm; he was just posting something friendly to a fellow comedian, and was not yet aware of that specific incident.
It is, of course, always possible that he was just saving face after being criticized, but if he was then that’s a damn good thing to backpedal on. Either way, I remain convinced that Louis is a pretty classy guy. Although apparently he has bad taste in other comedians.
Anyway, just thought you should know.