Not so funny. Hannibal Buress made headlines in October 2014, when he now-famously ripped on Bill Cosby in a stand-up routine. The comedian, 32, refocused the spotlight on Cosby's alleged transgressions and inspired a huge group of women to once again come forward with their stories.
Buress revealed in a new interview with Jimmy Kimmel, however, that the watershed jokes about Cosby were not without consequences.
"It's definitely a weird situation," the Broad City star said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, March 18. "I get a lot of messages from people about it. You know, the weirdest thing about getting a death threat from a male bodybuilder slash stripper on Facebook is when you click on his profile and see that you have one mutual friend."
"Then having to hit your friend up and say, 'Hey man, can you tell your buddy to stop saying that he's gonna murder me?'" Buress continued, putting his trademark comedic spin on a less-than-funny situation. "I didn't really think he was gonna kill me, I'd just rather not take that information into my head if I didn't have to."
While the Chicago-born funnyman was largely celebrated for his talked-about set, some Cosby fans took issue with his words. Speaking about Cosby's "smug" persona, Buress said at the time, "Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches. I don't curse on stage. Well, yeah, you’re a rapist, so, I’ll take you sayin’ lots of motherf—ers on Bill Cosby: Himself if you weren’t a rapist… I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch Cosby Show reruns."
Following Buress' set, more than 30 women came forward with accounts of sexual misconduct on Cosby's part. The Cosby Show star, 77, has maintained his innocence over the years, particular in recent months with the renewed attention on his past.
While Buress is facing death threats for his bold comedic show, the Neighbors actor told Kimmel that he isn't exactly scared of those making the threats.
"I don't think that's how killers operate," he said. "'Yeah, I'm gonna kill Hannibal Buress. First, I'm going to this coffee shop and buying something so they give me the Wi-Fi password. Then I'm sitting down, I'm pulling out my laptop and I'm logging into Facebook. Then, I'm searching Hannibal Buress. Then, I'm spelling Buress correctly. Then…'
Watch Buress dish in the video above.
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