NYC’s Comedy Cellar rejected a potential stand-up appearance and a protest broke out over Bill Cosby.
After serving a little over three years, Cosby was released after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction, citing violations related to due process rights. Shortly after his release, TMZ reported the disgraced comedian was planning a comedy tour on the heels of his release. According to the publication now, several renowned comedy clubs, including NYC’s Comedy Cellar, are not interested.
Noam Dworman, the popular New York City venue owner, told TMZ that Comedy Cellar is not one bit interested in working with Cosby and doesn’t even want him to step foot inside the club. While the venue is known for allowing slightly unhinged comics and content to hit the stage, Cosby will be the one exception.
Notably, the club allowed Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari to make an appearance in 2018 following their sexual misconduct allegations. Dworman furthered that his audience, who welcomed Louis and Aziz with open arms, still wouldn’t support Cosby’s comeback.
Multiple women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault and their supporters gathered at Independence Mall in Philadelphia on Saturday night for a vigil to protest the release of the comic from prison.
The group carried signs that read, “Bill Cosby: America’s Predator,” and, “Serial Rapist Cosby Freed = No Justice.”
At least three women who have accused Cosby of raping them – Lili Bernard, Stacey Pinkerton, and Victoria Valentino – were present at the vigil to make their voices heard, according to WCAU.
Bernard appeared alongside Cosby on The Cosby Show and accused him of raping her in the 1990s.
“I have six children. I was trying to go about my morning as a mom,” Bernard told the Philadelphia Inquirer about how she felt upon learning Cosby was released on June 30. “I’m trying to gather myself, and I’m just sobbing.”