November 29, 2019

"I’d rather be in Auschwitz than New York City." Pause. "I mean now, not when it was open."

Said Louis C.K., quoted in "Louis C.K. tells Israeli crowd ‘I’d rather be in Auschwitz than New York City.'"
The funnyman reportedly conceded in Israel that he had masturbated in front of female fans, which he admitted was wrong, and doesn’t recommend doing.

"If they say ‘yes,’ then still don’t do it, because it’s not popular,” he joked....

70 comments:

Automatic_Wing said...

Tip your waitress, folks. And don't forget to try the veal.

Fandor said...

Who is Louis CK? He's funny because? He sounds like an ass. Why is this story important, Ann?

Ann Althouse said...

@Fandor

Click my Louis CK tag.

It's important.

rhhardin said...

It's mean and naughty so qualifies as a genuine joke.

There's also a dare in it, to the knee-jerk offended of the day. It's taking a stand about the uselessness of virtue signalling.

rhhardin said...

I know only one Auschwitz joke.

Guard to little boy: Little boy, how old are you?

Little Boy: I'll be five tomorrow.

Guard [wags finger]: No no no.

Actually a metajoke. There's a set-up expectation and a twist. A frame jump.

Nobody does humor analysis anymore.

rhhardin said...

Nothing in the world is funny. Droll but lofty planet. (Lautreamont)

rhhardin said...

Chinese massacres under the communists would be even funnier, on sheer numbers, if anybody cared about the Chinese, anyway. No interest group.

Jason said...

I LOL'd.

Fuck the haters.

rhhardin said...

The mob could still beat Louis CK but his jokes tend to disorganize the mob and it's not able to get going. Conflicting fake virtues.

tim maguire said...

Ballsy joke to tell in Israel. Glad he's back. Sure, Louis C.K. is a leftist hack, but he's also hilarious. And he did ask first.

tim maguire said...

Fandor, if you don't know who Louis C.K. is, you've been living under a rock for the last 10 years.

Fandor said...

Ok. So, Louis CK is looking for forgivness and redemption, or is my interpretation of your tag wrong?

Bob Smith said...

Dear CK. Don’t tempt us.

Phidippus said...

Louis C.K., whoever he is (some comedian?), needs some new writers.

I'm not living under a rock, I just don't engage very much with pop culture.

narciso said...

he's still a slimy jackass, and the beat down he suffered in American hustle, at the hands of Bradley cooper was satisfying,

wildswan said...

But would you rather be in Hong Kong than New York City, Louis? I think he's still just paying with himself.

Glory to Hong Kong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dykV4n6x8vE

Jack Klompus said...

I love commenters who make it a point to let you know they don't know someone or something. They're like the guy who loves letting people know they don't own a TV or that they're vegan.

rhhardin said...

I don't own a TV set.

William said...

I'm still not sure what is the appropriate punishment for such an offense and for how long such a punishment should be inflicted. The penalty has already been rather large. Should it last the rest of his life?....There should be some kind of published code for non-criminal sexual offenses. Does having sex with a porn star disqualify you from holding political office? What about lying about having a bj in the Oval Office? All of this is very nebulous......I'd like to know the current feminist position on having a stripper administer a dildo to your rectum. I presume the act was consensual and, since it involved a Democrat, it should not really be considered wrong. My own sense of aesthetics if not ethics finds such behavior icky, but I'm Irish-Catholic so what do I know about sex. CK apparently got some kind of consent before wanking and he's a liberal. I don't understand why CK gets cancelled and Hunter Biden gets contracts. I wish some enlightened feminist would explain the differences.

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Bill Peschel said...

You know, I remember there was this thing called "the police" you could go to if a crime has been committed.

Oh, yeah, the Democrats disbanded them during the Obama admin.

I do have a Holocaust joke for you: How many Jews can ride in a Volkswagen?

You can guess the punchline.

eddie willers said...

Funny joke, actually. But the year's best joke still belongs to Jerry Seinfeld with Ricky Gervais in his "Getting Coffee" show:


RICKY GERVAIS: I love New York. I love Manhattan.

JERRY SEINFELD: Why?

GERVAIS: It's vibrant--

SEINFELD: Yes.

GERVAIS: You can do what you want. There's never two people the same. I just people watch.

SEINFELD: That's true everywhere. Where are- where are people the same? All the same?
[beat]
China, maybe?

FullMoon said...

CLASSIC C.K.


Louis CK's Drunken Tweets

traditionalguy said...

The Jews are up against the Catholics , the Nazis and the Muslims at the same time. So they appreciate some USMC gallows humor. Such as, “Whoever thinks the pen is mightier than the sword hasn’t seen automatic weapons in action.”

That humor is how they keep up morale.

PM said...

Not OK Boomer.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

I'd rather have some dumb comedian masturbate in front of me than be in Auschwitz.
That's because they actually gas your starving naked overworked body to death - if you're lucky and the German Nazi's didn't go all Adam Schitt on your ass and lie about you and send you to the human experiment dept.

But if a "none of the above" is on the questionnaire, I'll take that.

Char Char Binks said...

Yes means no.

Wince said...

The humor in that joke is self deprecating, in that CK pretends to be one of those people who engage in relentless hyperbole, oblivious to the offensiveness of his original statement and then catches himself, presumably after a few people groan.

Plus the idea that Auschwitz was "open" like a travel destination you'd casually visit.

stephen cooper said...

eddie at 6:51 -----

I grew up on Long Island the same time little Jerry grew up, he was the most conformist little guy you could ever meet.

Of course he has no idea who Li Po and Tu Fu are, he is just a stupid comedian who thinks those are funny names, I guess he thinks that Yuja Wang is just a punchline too.

He is a fucking commoner and should be ashamed of that despicable totalitarian racist low-IQ joke.

stephen cooper said...

When rich Jerry makes jokes like that he is a Shanda for the Goyim.

For the record, little Jerry could not, in a million years, write poetry as original as the great Chinese poets Li Po and Tu Fu, and
the great young Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is as much above his comprehension as quantum mechanics is above the comprehension of Abbot and Costello. And I think Abbot and Costello are great.

Earnest Prole said...

Run, don’t walk, to get a bootleg copy of his #MeToo-cancelled movie “I Love You Daddy.”

Sebastian said...

"For the record, little Jerry could not"

A little humor challenged, are we?

Here's a hint, coop: the China joke's on us.

Ambrose said...

Is masturbation bad for the climate? Asking for a friend.

stephen cooper said...

Sebastian - maybe, maybe not.

Seinfeld was always funny but with every single joke he gave up a little bit of his originality.

It was Orwellian conformist humor at its best.

As if Officer Mike had tried to be as gracious as Larry as noble as Curly as smart as Moe,

no more than that ....

and for the record, maybe I am humor challenged, maybe not, but probably not.

feel free to tell me I am wrong, I am always amused at the forms of incomprehension I inspire.

stephen cooper said...

also my name is not "coop" - you are better than that.

Captain Cooper, if you want to ring the changes.

I grew up near a farm and a coop was a nasty place with lots of bird droppings, your mileage might vary.

Sebastian said...

"I am always amused at the forms of incomprehension I inspire"

I am afraid I can't provide this particular kind of amusement.

Ambrose said...

Isn't our world big enough for bad comedians?

rcocean said...

"Other accusations followed, indicating a pattern of behavior. Comedian Abby Schachner said that, during a 2003 phone conversation, C.K. had complimented her appearance before audibly beginning to masturbate. In another instance, comedian Rebecca Corry described how, on the set of a television pilot in 2005, C.K. had asked for permission to accompany her to her dressing room so that he could masturbate in front of her. Corry and Schachner both added that C.K. had apologized to them for this behavior, though the apologies came several years later."

There's no people like show people, they smile when they are low
Even with a turkey that you know will fold, you may be stranded out in the cold
Still you wouldn't change it for a sack of gold, let's go on with the show

Ken B said...

I bet nearly all those acting offended by LCK's joke actually know nothing beyond the name Auschwitz. Ask them about Belzec. If he told the joke about Sobibir he'd get blank stares.

stephen cooper said...

Sobibor, Ken B.

no problem, Sebastian.

Darrell said...

Jagoff.

Bill R said...

I heard a producer of TV comedies who claimed he would never hire a writer who couldn't come up with 10 Anne Frank jokes "Just like that".

stephen cooper said...

I once knew a comedian who liked poetry and I asked him if you like poetry so much tell me what your favorite line of poetry is

and he said, just like that

"I will show you fear in a handful of dust".

Don't joke around with things you do not understand.

daskol said...

David Spade was on Howard Stern this past week, saying that if anyone can make a #METOO comeback it’s Louis. He doesn’t rely on traditional ticket sellers—sells stuff directly to his fans, could rent a venue and fill it off his mailing list. Spade seemed reluctant to discuss it, but I think he realized how pathetic it would look to be afraid to even discuss a comeback.

eddie willers said...

You are an idiot, Mr. Cooper.

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stephen cooper said...

eddie are you walter?

stephen cooper said...
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Fernandistein said...

I know only one Auschwitz joke.

That's just as well, because my grandfather died at Auschwitz.

Fernandistein said...

He got drunk and fell out of a guard tower.

stephen cooper said...

If getting hired for a job requires you to make a series of jokes at the expense of a murdered teenager, that is not a job for a decent human being.
Just saying.
You don't need to know, as I know, that there is a a just God in heaven to know that the first sentence of this comment is true.

Another way of saying it is this -given that there is a just God in heaven, making Anne Frank jokes is a good way to bring down unpleasant spiritual consequences on your human soul.
Just saying.

stephen cooper said...

T.S. Eliot was in later life ashamed of his earlier anti-Semitism, as was, I believe, Chesterton.

They both had an indifferent education and were not all that likable in their youth, but people sometimes become better people as they grow older.

rhhardin said...

"I know only one Auschwitz joke."

That's just as well, because my grandfather died at Auschwitz.


Was he four years old?

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Guess the native language.

Fernandistein said...

Guess the native language.

Australian?

Fernandistein said...

Anne Frank walks into Auschwitz and the guard says "Why the long face?"

Browndog said...

I guess it's one thing to tell a joke that some might find offensive, and one thing to tell a joke for the sole purpose of being offensive.

DavidD said...

“Guess the native language.”

Kinda tough, actually.

The native country is probably India, but there are a lot of different native languages there; for most Indians Hindu is as much a foreign language as English.

I find myself translating from English to English a lot between Indians who have no common native language.

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"Kinda tough, actually."

If the ad had ended with "So simply do the needful and visit our expert team..." that would have clinched it. As it is, I'm more inclined towards the Chinese.

Caligula said...

"I'm still not sure what is the appropriate punishment for such an offense and for how long such a punishment should be inflicted."

And the answer is: it depends. It depends on who you are, how reliable you are, and how politically useful you are.

Fernandistein said...

The native country is probably India, but there are a lot of different native languages there; for most Indians Hindu is as much a foreign language as English.

It's based in Australia, I think it's a way for people, especially Chinese*, to cheat on their school homework:
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Fernandistein said...

I guess it's one thing to tell a joke that some might find offensive, and one thing to tell a joke for the sole purpose of being offensive.

What are you talking about? No one here said they would be offended by Anne Frank jokes. Our resident expert on evil spirits made a claim about such jokes which, so far, has turned out to be false.

But maybe it's like smoking cigarettes, and you have to tell a pack-and-a-half of Anne Frank jokes every day for 30 years before you get spiritual cancer.

rhhardin said...

The thing about English is that there are a lot of rules that you know but don't know that you know. Think of them mostly as rules about what sounds wrong.

So they're not taught, either. They have to be picked up by use. ESL people haven't done that.

rhhardin said...

Learning a language as a kid is about disassembling and reassembling cliches. There are as many rules as there are cliches.

Jupiter said...

Do Indians like Thanksgiving jokes?

Nichevo said...


Blogger stephen cooper said...
I once knew a comedian who liked poetry and I asked him if you like poetry so much tell me what your favorite line of poetry is


God lay dead in heaven;
Angels sang the hymn of the end;
Purple winds went moaning,
Their wings drip-dripping
With blood
That fell upon the earth.
It, groaning thing,
Turned black and sank.
Then from the far caverns
Of dead sins
Came monsters, livid with desire.
They fought,
Wrangled over the world,
A morsel.
But of all sadness this was sad --
A woman's arms tried to shield
The head of a sleeping man
From the jaws of the final beast.

Bunkypotatohead said...

Does he have any climate change jokes?
That's a tough audience.

stephen cooper said...

That is a good poem, Stephen Crane was a great poet. Not easy to describe that level of despair.

Of course, I have something more to say about it (senex loquax, as it has been said) ....
I always found the descriptions of the battles against evil in the great poets who tried to describe monsters of evil - Milton, Shelley, Hugo, Dostoevsky, Lovecraft, and their ilk ....
to be sort of juvenile.

The great battles between good and evil were fought long ago (on our side, the other side shall be unnamed) by the cherubim and seraphim, and the battles that we are left with, in this mopping up operation that we think of as the "world we know", are battles that cannot be lost, as long as Jesus is on our side.

And the Holy Spirit, and God the Father,

And if you are reading this without pure hatred in your heart, whoever you are, God is ready to be on your side, right now.

That is why I think " I will show you fear in a handful of dust " is so funny.
It is like something Jeeves might have told Bertie, in appropriate circumstances, but with full confidence in the psychology of the individual.

stephen cooper said...

God loves us all, my friends.

God has a special love in His heart for people who are annoyed by the things I say ---- this world is an old world, and sometimes I think I am older than this world, sometimes I know that such a thing is not possible, and sometimes I think that I am so so much younger than this world that it is not possible that I can have an idea that is not original ------ so I can understand why my observations might be, well, sort of unwelcome when the hearer is not in the best of moods.

All of us, my friends, have that feeling from time to time, and all of us are right.

God loves us all, my friends.