Some of the men accused of sexual misconduct in the aftermath of the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have gone underground. Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, and Kevin Spacey may resurface eventually, but they’ve disappeared for now.
Not Jeremy Piven. The actor, best known for playing super agent Ari Gold on the HBO series “Entourage,” has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women, but he’s denied the allegations and is continuing to work.
Or at least he’s trying to. Despite Piven’s denials — “I have never forced myself on anyone, nor have I ever exposed myself or restrained anyone against their will” — CBS canceled his series “Wisdom of the Crowd” last fall following the women’s allegations.
So Piven has reinvented himself as a stand-up comedian, and he’s bringing his act to Laugh Boston for four shows May 29 and 30. In a recent interview, Piven said he has a lot of friends in the stand-up fraternity, and he’s learned a few things from them.
“I’m not going to waste anyone’s time and be some famous guy who runs the clock out,” he said. “I’m going to get up there and earn it. I’m kind of thrilled with the whole thing. But it’s also intimidating in a really great way. It’s interesting how all roads have kind of led to this.”