Comedian Hannibal Buress Talks Bill Cosby ‘Rapist’ Routine

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Comedian Hannibal Buress saw his profile rise significantly with the general public in 2014 when his standup routine about Bill Cosby helped accelerate mainstream media coverage of sexual assault allegations leveled at the comedian by dozens of women.

But he downplayed the Cosby furor at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday where he was promoting his upcoming standup special for Netflix.

“I do a lot of other s—,” Buress said when asked if Cosby is still part of his routine. “It’s weird that it happened like that. I was calling a bunch of other comedians rapists and that was the only one people took seriously. …
That’s just one joke people took and really ran with it.”

Buress appeared with fellow comics John Mulaney and Patton Oswalt, who also have specials coming to Netflix.

Oswalt sought to counter the suggestion that Buress’ rising popularity hinged on the Cosby incident. “Hannibal was doing fine without that,” Oswalt said. “He’d be sitting here now if that had not happened. He was on a trajectory (already) as far as being bulletproof as a comedian.”

When pressed for a yes or no on whether he still treads on Cosby territory in his performances, Oswalt dove in with a response that got a huge laugh: “He’s doing a lot of Billy Crystal stuff … and it’s really dark.”

Buress called Cosby a “rapist” in a routine that slammed the veteran entertainer for criticizing aspects of black culture even as he faced allegations that he raped and drugged women over the years.

A cellphone video of Buress’ performance helped raise awareness of the growing storm surrounding Cosby. Last month, Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault in connection with a 2004 incident at his suburban Philadelphia mansion.

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  1. Cory Griffin says:

    It brings tears to my eyes to learn about all of the brutality and unfairness African Americans have been through over the years (the police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana come to mind). Now you have this buress fool messing up the living legend in Bill Cosby??? I have zero respect for buress.👥👤⚡️

    • Adam Wilson says:

      How has Mr.Griffin’s comment stayed the ONLY one on this page? No-one has told this ass to pull his head in? Have I stumbled into the only place on the internet where people can post incredibly stupid and misinformed things and not be told there a shitpile?

      Dear Mr. Griffin, your “living legend” is a sexual parasite and the inability of people like yourselves to believe hard truths (especially when they come from a rape victim and/or are aimed at celebrities) is the reason why it has taken 50 years for the actions of the sub-human piece of filth Bill Cosby to come to light in full.

      • Steeve Fabre says:

        Actually, from what we can all gather from the results of the court case, there was NO HARD EVIDENCE. So, at that point, it becomes slater.

        YES, it is possible that he just bought a good lawyer and won the case, but, aside from the people he slept with, no one can say for sure that he raped them for SURE. And I’m not even mad at Buress, for that matter. He made a sketch on what he could get his hands on. The info he said was on the internet for years. And a lot of people believed those infos for years, taking them as truths.

      • William says:

        When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.

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