The controversial joke comes two years after C.K. acknowledged sexual misconduct with multiple women — including masturbating in front of them.
Disgraced comic Louis C.K. took to the stage in Tel Aviv for part of his international comeback tour on Thursday.
The 52-year-old told the Israeli audience, "I’d rather be in Auschwitz than New York City," adding, "I mean now, not when it was open."
The controversial joke comes two years after C.K. acknowledged sexual misconduct with multiple women — including masturbating in front of them — and vowed to "step back and take a long time to listen," in a statement at the time.
Later in the set, he acknowledged his wrongdoings, saying it was a mistake to masturbate in front of women even though he asked permission.
"If they say ‘yes,’ then still don’t do it, because it’s not popular," C.K. told the audience, according to several sources.
In 2017, the comedian’s career imploded after a New York Times article reported the complaints of harassment, most of which involved C.K. masturbating in front of women he knew professionally, some who believed their comic careers would be in jeopardy if they spoke out.
C.k. said "these stories are true," in a statement, admitting his transgressions, but never apologizing.
The allegations led to the cancelling of numerous TV projects and the shelving of his feature-length film, "I Love You, Daddy," which included a scene where a male actor character pretends to masturbate while on the phone with a female agent.
The Tel Aviv show drew an audience of around 5,000 men and women of all ages.
"We don’t support what he did to those women, but we like him as a comedian," said Asaf, who came to the show with his wife, Tal, according to THR. They declined to give their last name. "It’s not like he raped someone," he added.
"It’s like a little bit complicated," Tal said. Paying to see the show was "like supporting animal rights and still eating meat."
But social media wasn’t as forgiving as Twitter lit up with protests against the comedian with one user writing, "Anybody still paying to see Louis CK perform is a f–king piece of s–t," and another adding, "u might need more time off to re-work your material; maybe a lifetime perhaps."
C.K. is booked to perform a pair of shows in Slovakia on Saturday, before appearing on stage in Hungary next week.
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