- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 16, 2015

Comedian Sarah Silverman has apologized to comedy club owner Al Martin for accusing him of paying her less than men. The apology came after Mr. Martin wrote a blistering response to the allegation on his social media page.

Levo League, a New York women’s organization, uploaded a PSA April 6 in which Ms. Silverman accused Mr. Martin of paying her much less than a male friend.

“I did a show. I was out with my friend Todd Barry, and we were doing sets around town together. […] We were outside talking and Todd somehow brought up that he got 60 bucks. He just got $60, and I got $10. We did the exact same time back-to-back on the same show. And so I went back inside, and I asked the owner Al Martin, and I said ‘Al, why did you pay me $10 and you gave Todd Barry $60?” It was so perfect, he said ‘Oh, did you want a $60 spot?’ It was symbolic. I didn’t need $60, but it’s, ummm, pretty [expletive,]” the comedian said in the video.

Mr. Martin then took to the Broadway Comedy Club Facebook page April 7 to correct the record, Mediaite reported Wednesday.

“Are you kidding ? You come in to my club 15 years ago and ask me for a guest spot, I did not ask you to perform and you were not booked, and Then you ask me for pay? You asked to work out some material … Then you make this a gender pay thing? Sarah great cause I am with it, but I did not pay you less cause of gender … I paid you less because Todd Barry was booked and you weren’t … It was a GUEST SPOT, so I gave you some car fare, which actually is more than almost any club would have given for a GUEST Spot … Funny how in your attempt to become a super hero with a noble cause, you forgot that little fact … GUEST SPOT … GUEST SPOT.”

A Salon exclusive published April 14 then ran Ms. Silverman’s apology.

“To Al, I truly am sorry to bring you into this as you employ women and pay them the same as the men I’m sure. To the maniacs who want to use this as a chit against women’s issues, I ask that you please don’t. Because that would be super [expletive]. Feel free to aim your vitriol at me but leave this issue of working women out of it, K?” Ms. Silverman wrote.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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