July 1, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
The Brooklyn Bazaar has issued an apology to the community after a comedy show hosted by a third-party in the Greenpoint event space surprised the crowd with a performance by controversial comedian Louis C.K., who admitted to several instances of sexual misconduct in 2017.
“We would like to state that this was a surprise appearance and that the venue had no prior knowledge that his performance would occur,” Brooklyn Bazaar wrote in a statement on Facebook last week. “By the time he was brought through the side entrance by promoters and put on stage, it was too late for our staff to stop it. Management felt stopping it may put our staff in danger because of the large crowd.”
The operators of Brooklyn Bazaar, located at 150 Greenpoint Ave., went on to apologize to both the community and their staff and promised to ensure that outside events would be vetted more thoroughly in the future.
C.K.’s performance, first reported by TMZ, took place on June 23 as part of the Skankfest Comedy Mayhem Festival. When called to the stage, C.K. was met with roaring applause and audience members chanting his name. The comedian performed a 20-minute set, after which he received a standing ovation from the crowd.
— Luis J. Gomez (@luisjgomez) June 23, 2019
Last week’s appearance is the latest in a string of comeback performances since the comedian admitted to exposing himself to several women and masturbating both in front of them or over the phone. C.K. reportedly opened his set with a reference to his sexual misconduct, stating “If you ever masturbate in front of someone, ask them first. If they say yes, don’t do it!”
C.K.’s other performances since his admission have been met with public outcry. In December of last year, an audience member recorded a portion of C.K.’s set, which included several controversial topics such as the 2018 Parkland school shooting, Auschwitz, and non-binary people.
The organizers of Skankfest Comedy Mayhem Festival reportedly worked to get C.K. to perform at the festival and got him to agree just days prior, according to TMZ.
Skankfest Comedy Mayhem Festival organizers did not respond to requests for comment.