Louis C.K. has every right to return to stand-up comedy, with one major caveat ... something that was missing from his surprise set in NYC ... according to a fellow comedian.
Melinda Hill's response to Louis' Sunday night appearance included #MeTooSoon ... and the hashtag has caught fire during the debate about the disgraced comedian. Still, Melinda tells us she's actually not against C.K. getting back onstage.
She even understands his desire to perform again, but believes he needs to do more penance before peers and fans fully accept him back into the fold.
Melinda says Louis' statement -- admitting the sexual misconduct allegations were true -- was missing a simple, "I'm sorry." He reportedly did not say those words Sunday night at the Comedy Cellar, either -- and she says she wants to hear that first.
C.K. showing up unannounced at the club also doesn't sit well with Melinda. Check out her metaphor about sneaky behavior. It's relevant because at least one audience member complained about feeling "ambushed" ... according to the club.