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Nicole Busch
The latest to release quarantine-era entertainment? Louis C.K.Louis C.K. was shunned by Hollywood in the fall of 2017 in the wake of a #MeToo scandal. His distributor yanked his new film, his stand-up work stopped and many critics and activists said he should be canceled. But the comedian is now making a bid at a comeback. And he's doing it via streaming, a platform with added resonance at a moment when many Americans are quarantined to contain the spread of the coronavirus. C.K. on Saturday released "Sincerely Louis CK " a special in which he takes on a host of new topics, including the #MeToo scandal. Available only on his website, the special costs $7.99 to view, which entitles the buyer both to download it or stream it for a year. No Hollywood distributor is involved. C.K. said the quarantine gave added impetus to its release. "I feel like there are two kinds of people in this world," he wrote in an email to a fan mailing list. "One kind needs to laugh when things get [bad]....The other kind of people feel that it's important to put aside laughter in times of difficulty and give serious and painful things the respect and the silence due to them. "I don't think that either one of these kinds of people is right over the other," he wrote, as he provided a link to his website to buy the special. "I can only say that I belong to the first group." He did not address the #MeToo scandal, in which five women accused him of masturbating in front of them, in the email. The material was recorded at an appearance at the District of Columbia's Warner Theatre last month, the last stop of a comedy tour cut short by quarantining. C.K. had initially intended to stop in Boston, his hometown, and record the material there for a release later in 2020. But quarantines accelerated the schedule. The comedian has been selling out comedy venues...