UPDATED: A mic-cut shortened Hannibal Buress’ performance at Loyola University Chicago on Saturday night after the comedian cracked jokes about child molestation in the Catholic Church.
While performing at the Catholic university, the “Broad City” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” actor projected an email from Loyola on stage, which prohibited him from addressing sexual assault or cursing on stage.
According to Consequence of Sound, Buress followed up by saying, “B— a— old people, I can project … Y’all f— kids, right?”
Loyola confirmed in a statement to Variety on Monday that Buress’ audio was indeed cut “because he violated the mutually agreed upon content restriction clause in his contract.”
“It is standard for the University to include a content restriction clause in entertainment contracts; Buress is the only entertainer to disregard the clause to the degree that his mic was cut,” the statement added. “Buress eventually returned to the stage and completed his set.”
While the university’s administration may not have approved of Buress’ joke, many Loyola Chicago students took to Twitter in support of the comedian, criticizing the school for apparently cutting him off.
“Loyola just cut Hannibal’s mic. This is ridiculous. We want Hannibal,” one user tweeted.
Another tweeter mocked Loyola with a faux quote: “We are a Catholic school, please no profanity or offensiveness,” followed by the “Y’all f— kids” soundbite from Buress’ set.
Buress left the stage after the sound cut out for a 15-minute break before returning to deliver the remainder of his jokes, profanity- and scandal-free. Buress previously garnered media attention for addressing sexual assault in a standup routine from 2014, which commented on the allegations made by multiple women against Bill Cosby.
At the Television Critics Association press tour in 2016, Buress commented on the attention he received from resurfacing the Cosby allegations, saying, “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.”