On Sunday, Louis C.K. showed up at the Comedy Cellar for a surprise set in his first major stand-up performance since his career cratered after he admitted to masturbating in front of multiple non-consenting women and then denying it for years. Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman expanded on what happened in a lengthy interview with The Hollywood Reporter, ultimately calling C.K.'s comeback attempt a "missed opportunity."

Dworman said that C.K. showed up unannounced and told the emcee he wanted to go on—he noted that C.K. did a spot at Long Island club Governor's of Levittown beforehand and "he apparently wasn't happy with it and he decided on a spur of the moment to come to the Comedy Cellar." Dworman was neither aware that C.K. wanted to come on beforehand (he denied rumors that C.K. paid $10K to get onstage) nor in the building at the time. He doesn't think anyone did anything wrong letting him up as well: "On principle, I believe that the man is entitled to his livelihood and that it's up to the audience to go or not go, I believe that in principle."

Having said that, he was disappointed that C.K. did a regular set and didn't address anything that had happened:

I think that for a man who signed off from the public with this promise to, "I've talked for a long time, now I'm going to listen," he created the expectation of, "Well, now you're back after nine months, what did you learn?" And I think that if he had just said something that showed a different side of him, I think the headlines today would be much gentler. And I think that even people who don't realize they would feel this way would feel a pang of forgiveness if they heard something from him that seemed to deserve forgiveness, if they thought he felt bad or whatever it is. And I'm sure he does — I don't know, he's never spoken to me about it — but I presume that he does, and I don't know why he didn't take that opportunity. Maybe he just thought it was under the radar, but I don't know, I can't get in his head. It was certainly a missed opportunity.

C.K. apparently got a standing ovation before he performed his 15 minute set, something which Dworman said was because "people recognized it was a kind of historic event. And I think that whatever their feelings were about Louis or what he did, there was still a feeling like, 'Well, we were here when he came back.'" At least one person wrote him to say he felt "ambushed" by the set, something which Dworman agrees needs to be handled better by the club in the future.

"The ambush thing is a problem," he added. "So...in the future I have to find a way where nobody who doesn't want to be there feels like a captive audience. And I don't think that will be that hard to do. If I had been involved in this in any way, I would have gone about it differently."

Regarding that point, Dana Schwartz wrote for EW, "The ability to drop in to do a set at a comedy club is a privilege given only to the most famous figures in comedy. Louis C.K. is attempting to re-enter the comedy world by means of the same power structure that allowed him to abuse women for so long. And making it a surprise set, in which the audience may not have been ready or willing to see an admitted sexual harasser with an empty stage and the amplification of a silent room and a microphone, has the slimy feeling of Louis C.K. flaunting that power again."

It would not surprise you to learn that a lot of people (us included) have strong opinions about the state of C.K.: Michael Ian Black went from encouraging C.K.'s comeback to apologizing for letting down his followers over the course of Tuesday.

Michael Che took to Instagram to give his thoughts, and ignored C.K.'s actions and victims to instead focus on how people covet fame: “A lot of what I read says that CK shouldn’t get to be a ‘famous’ comedian anymore. Because to them, he’s still winning. Isn’t that strange? Meaning he can be shamed, humiliated, lose millions of dollars, lose all of his projects, lose the respect of a lot of his fans and peers, and whatever else that comes with what he did, but since he can still do a comedy set for free at a 200 seat club a year later, it means he got off easy. THAT’s how coveted fame is."

Other comedians were not so eager to move on:

The Onion, of course, nailed it as ever:

The always brilliant Rebecca Traister gets to the heart of it in a piece for The Cut: she argues that while it's hard to define what restitution should look like for C.K. and other men credibly accused of sexual harassment and abuse, they are still coasting along within a system that rewarded and protected their worst behavior:

What I do know is that these men can return to their industries, with the expectation that their reentry might be near the top. Many feel they should be able to come back to stages and to their former hot-spot restaurants and be greeted with sympathy and whooping affection and relief. And this reality reaffirms — and in fact recapitulates — the false notion that their worth, their value, their indispensability was built independently of the systems that permitted them to abuse their power in the first place.

What does it mean that C.K.’s ovation began before he even started his set? It means he got applauded just for being Louis C.K. Which, he might recall before he gets off on that too much, is exactly the reasoning that kept women from gaining any traction when they reported their experiences with Harvey Weinstein and Charlie Rose. “That’s just Harvey being Harvey” and “That’s just Charlie being Charlie” were verbatim lines used to excuse the fact that those guys assaulted and harassed scores of women — they were just being themselves. Literally just being the powerful man is enough to get you a whole lot in this fucked up world.

If you're still wondering what to think about C.K.'s comeback attempt—and whether or not nine months in rich person purgatory really constitutes a punishment—go back and read this piece by Rebecca Corry, one of C.K.'s victims, all about how she was blacklisted by C.K. and his handlers, and how she has been continually shamed and attacked for speaking out. "The idea that C.K. reentering the public eye would ever be considered a “comeback” story is disturbing," she wrote. "The guy exploited his position of power to abuse women. A 'comeback' implies he’s the underdog and victim, and he is neither. C.K. is a rich, powerful man who was fully aware that his actions were wrong. Yet he chose to behave grotesquely simply because he could."

Update:: TMZ reports that multiple comedy club owners & talent scouts around the city are welcoming C.K. to perform at their clubs with arms wide open. "We all make bad mistakes in life and everyone deserves the right to be forgiven," said Louis Faranda, talent exec of Carolines on Broadway. "I totally understand the plight of the women he offended, [but] I also love Louie C.K. and CANNOT turn my back to him ever!!"

Al Martin, owner of Broadway Comedy Club and Greenwich Village Comedy Club, told them, "Everyone is entitled to a second chance. I would book Louis." And Bill Boggs, officer of the Friars Club, is also all-in on C.K. returning: "We were repulsed by his actions and there’s no question about that [but] we can't punish people for the rest of their lives; we can't assume they haven't learned. People can grow and change."