Louis C.K. announces first film since misconduct scandal

Disgraced comedian Louis CK further swept his sexual misconduct scandal under the rug on Friday by announcing a new film project he is directing, independently producing and financing.

And no joke, he plays a therapist in it.

In an email blast reviewed by The Times on Friday, the embattled comedian said he’s filming a feature film called Fourth of July, which is set to hit select theaters on July 1. It’s his first return to the big screen since he was accused of sexual misconduct in 2017 at the height of the #MeToo movement.

The ‘Louie’ star said he also co-edited and co-wrote the film with comedian Joe List, who stars in ‘Fourth of July’ as Jeff, “a sober, anxious young jazz musician who lives in Queens, New York.” .

List’s character is going to Maine for the Fourth of July weekend “with the intention of confronting his hard-drinking, Boston-raised family so he can overcome his inhibiting anxiety and start a family of his own with his wife, Beth, who wants a baby.” to have. Beth is played by Joe’s real-life wife, very funny comedian Sarah Tollemache,” CK wrote in the newsletter.

“I also play Jeff’s therapist in the film,” CK said. The character makes a brief appearance in the film’s trailer, which was also released on Friday.

The “Baskets” and “Better Things” co-creator said he will debut the comedy and hold a live discussion on June 30 when it premieres at the Beacon Theater in New York. He will also hold identical screenings with the cast in Boston and Chicago, asking fans to “please contact the theater directly and ask” if they would like the film to be played at a theater near them.

“My partner in this film, Joe List, is a very funny comedian. He has two specials on YouTube,” CK said. “We wrote this film together early last year and shot it in late summer 2021 in New York City and in Lake George, New York, where I also discovered that Joe is an excellent, funny and vulnerable actor.”

“I’ve had so much fun directing and making a film again and working with Joe, the excellent crew and the amazing cast: Paula Plum, Robert Walsh, Robert Kelly, Tara Pacheco, Nick Di Paolo, Chris Walsh, Richard O’Rourke, Dorothy Dwyer, Lynne Koplitz, Tony Viveiros, Courtland Jones, Bill Scheft and Allan Havey.” He has also reunited with the music crew who worked on FX’s Emmy-winning series Louie.

CK elaborates on the project in a statement from the director, also posted on his website.

Since being charged with misconduct in 2017, the comedian has been gradually trying to make a comeback by touring and releasing comedy specials on his website. The scandal itself happened in 2017, when a number of women confirmed long-standing rumors of inappropriate behavior. It also led to, directed and produced his 2017 feature film I Love You, Daddy, which was shelved after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.

He won a Grammy Award last April for his comedy album Sincerely Louis CK, his first major win since allegations impacted his career. “Sincerely Yours” was filmed at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC in early March 2020 – a stop on his comeback tour which began in fall 2019. The tour was scheduled to continue into late spring of this year before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the delay or cancellation of many live events.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2022-06-03/louis-ck-film-fourth-of-july-misconduct-scandal Louis C.K. announces first film since misconduct scandal

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