Hannibal Buress: No More Bill Cosby Jokes

“I was calling a bunch of other comedians rapists and that was the only one people took seriously"

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Hannibal Buress hates talking about Bill Cosby.

The comedian cut short an interview in Los Angeles Sunday when pressed about his controversial standup set that led dozens of women to accuse one of TV’s most beloved personalities of sexual assault.

TheTVPage:  At the end of the day, you actually ended up being the hero, because you are part of a process that is bringing [an accused serial rapist] down.  So that was a good thing, right?

Buress:  You said that.  I didn’t say that.

Buress, 32, shut the interview down when asked what prompted him to refer to Cosby as “the smuggest old black person public persona that I hate” and declare, “You raped women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple of notches” during a 2014 performance in Philadelphia.

Moments earlier, the Chicago native was doing his best to deflect questions about his role in the Cosby scandal during a press conference to promote his upcoming Netflix special.  “I was calling a bunch of other comedians rapists and that was the only one people took seriously,” he joked.

Buress made it clear that he does not want his career to become defined by the comedy routine that was captured on cell phone and went viral almost overnight.

“I do a lot of other sh*t,” he insisted. “That is just one joke people took and really ran with it… It is weird to me that a joke can do that.”

Buress — who appears in the big screen comedy DADDY’S HOME — insists his comments about Cosby have had “no impact” on his personal or professional life, despite previously revealing that he has received death threats from Cosby supporters.

The former writer for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and 30 ROCK also says that all references to Cosby have been removed from his act.

Instead, he quips: “You’ll probably hear a joke about being able to google people’s property values with ease.”

HANNIBAL BURESS: COMEDY COMISADO premieres February 5 on Netflix.

Sean Daly

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