Anna Sheffer
October 31, 2018 9:42 am

We already knew that Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi was a dedicated advocate for equal rights. But we didn’t know she’s a certifiable comedy aficionado. In fact, she recently hosted a supremely diverse and inclusive comedy show in protest of men who abuse their power.

In late August, Louis C.K. performed a surprise comedy set for the first time since his November 2017 admission that he masturbated in front of women without their consent. Lakshmi responded to reports of C.K.’s return by tweeting that we should pay attention to “people who are actually funny.” She followed up her comment with a list of female, queer, and nonwhite comics she loves.

But she didn’t stop there. According to Vulture, Lakshmi proceeded to organize two (sold-out) comedy shows with the help of Vulture senior editor Jesse David Fox. Michelle Wolf headlined the first show and Nikki Glaser the second. Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang hosted. Other performers included John Early, Catherine Cohen, Ziwe Fumudoh, Jo Firestone, and Pat Regan. There was even a surprise appearance by Lakshmi’s friend, Chris Rock.

Lakshmi reportedly began the night by sharing some choice words for C.K.

She continued by acknowledging that her “ire about what happened” led her to organize the show.

Lakshmi said she felt there could be redemption for men like C.K., but that he and many others like him “haven’t really demonstrated any remorse or deeper understanding about what they did.”

The shows, called “Padma Puts on a Comedy Show” took place on October 24th at the Bell House in Brooklyn, and all proceeds were donated to the Movement Voter Project.

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