Louis CK cancels shows in Ukraine amid Russian invasion | Entertainment

People who hate Louis CK had a dark reason to laugh Thursday as news circulated on social media that the canceled comedian was set to perform for two nights in Kiev, Ukraine, amid the Russian invasion that began earlier. during the day.

Fans of Louis CK, however, were relieved on Friday after the comic sent out an email message saying the shows weren’t happening.

“I’m not in Ukraine,” he wrote in a note to members of his mailing list. “My flight was canceled because no one can fly there now.”

CK, whose real last name is Szekely, was disgraced in 2017 when he confirmed long-running rumors of his sexual misconduct amid the #MeToo movement. Two years later, he went on tour again.

Now he is in the middle of a European tour with his show “Sorry” which will take him from Spain and Portugal to Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Romania, Italy and Sweden, then back to Norway and the Netherlands. .

In mid-February, after the US State Department ordered its embassy staff to leave Ukraine and issued a ‘do not travel’ alert regarding the country, British comedy website Chortle reported on the planned dates of CK in Kyiv. Chortle shared an email allegedly sent by the comic to ticket holders that read, “Regarding Ukraine. I really want to do these shows and I will if I can. Obviously, it’s a…situation.

“We’re keeping in touch with the folks there and monitoring things and… just waiting to see what it looks like closer to the date,” CK wrote. “But my intention is to do the shows if possible. I’ll do my best to be there and hopefully it works out. So let’s see what happens.

Air traffic authority Eurocontrol diverted all flights from Ukraine on Wednesday evening after the country declared a state of emergency ahead of the Russian invasion. The airspace was quickly closed, and this closure was later extended beyond Ukraine’s borders to neighboring Moldova. The closure is in place until at least May 24.

But Chicago playwright and screenwriter Patrick Vermillion – who says he’s not a fan of CK – had tweeted on Tuesday morning that “The Louis CK show in Kyiv hasn’t been cancelled.” He attached a screenshot indicating that the broadcasts scheduled for Friday and Saturday were still running.

As the invasion unfolded days later, the tweet attracted a lot of attention, prompting its author to draw attention to when it was sent.

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