"I know that a lot of people are excited to come and they are fine with taking the chance, but I really don’t want a pole to smash your face in because you saw some comedy," wrote Louis C.K. on his web site today as he cancelled this evening’s show over Hurricane Sandy.
Flavorwire notes that just yesterday C.K. emailed ticketholders and said the show would still go on, but offered a refund to anyone who did not want to risk the bad weather. Today that changed. Explaining that New York City’s MTA has officially shut down buses, subways and trains after 7p.m., C.K. wrote in a letter to fans that he didn’t want to inconvenience or endanger anyone who was unsure how to get in/out of Manhattan to the City Center or whether they should skip the show. In a lesser-of-two-evils compromise, he opted to cancel. C.K. praised the City Center for allowing him to reschedule the gig for all ticketholders on March 2 (or offer a refund).
I know that probably it’s going to be a starry clear night and the trains are going to be just gliding up and down the traks and a baby zebra is going to whinny as he trots by the City Center on a night that is going to break records for being placid and perfect for a night of comedy. And I’m going to feel like an asshole. And I know that some people had their plans set and are going to be pissed off at me. I know. but I also know that some of you are struggling with whether to come in or miss the show and this is the closest I can get to a solution. You don’t have to take a chance and you don’t have to miss the show. Just come see me in a few months.
If it’s any consolation, I’m eating a pretty staggering fee for cancelling the show. But I can take it. What I can’t take is the thought that there’s a CHANCE 4300 people will be in danger trying to get home from my stupid show.
Aw, what a mensch.
Undoubtedly some of C.K.’s fans are probably bummed by having to wait another five months for their comedy show. But on the bright side? Look at this as an opportunity to get drunk off hurricanes and watch old episodes of Louie on Netflix.
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