Looks like Hannibal Buress is over Bill Cosby.
According to an article by Morning Call writer John Moser, during an interview Buress was giving to promote his upcoming gig at Sands Bethlehem Event Center this Friday, the comedian refused to talk about the Cosby rape allegations when asked, saying, “Um, let’s keep it moving. I’m burned out on it, man, so let’s talk about something else.”
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Hannibal Buress hasn’t talked too much about the fact that it was basically him who reinvigorated the discussion around Bill Cosby and the sexual assault allegations surrounding him. After his performance in Philadelphia last year, when he flat-out called Cosby a rapist, countless other women spoke up saying they were sexually assaulted by the comedian.
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Hannibal Buress—a regular on Broad City and the comedian who ruined Bill Cosby’s life in a Philadelphia theater last fall—got news that Comedy Central has picked up eight episodes of his half-hour series Why? With Hannibal Buress. Deadline describes the premise, which sounds something like a late night talk show / variety show mix:
Executive produced by Buress, Jeff Stilson (Da Ali G Show) and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky, in Why? With Hannibal Buress, the comedian will provide his perspective on each week’s zeitgeist-driven topic, answering the burning questions on his mind through stand-up, filmed segments, man-on-the-street interviews and in-studio guests. To stay topical, each episode will be shot in front of a studio audience, taping the same week it airs.
The project is believed to stem from a development deal Buress inked with Comedy Central in 2013, which included a pilot commitment, a one-hour stand-up special; a nationwide Comedy Central Live stand-up tour; and a role Broad City.
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Bill Cosby has released a video that some outlets are calling his first attempt to reach out to his fans following the string of sexual assault allegations against him. The clip finds him talking to someone, presumably a concert promoter, on the telephone while wearing fuchsia pajamas. The point of the message, pundits say, is to show fans that he’s not letting these charges hold him down.
“You know I’ll be hilarious. Can’t wait!” the 10-second video begins. A letter that accompanies the video has the strongest message, however: “Dear Fans: I hope you enjoy my wonderful video message that’s filled with laughter. Hey, hey, hey, I’m far from finished.”
ABC News reports that there are currently 30 women who have claimed they were sexually harassed by the comedian. So far, no charges have been pressed.
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Another Bill Cosby accuser has decided to make her story public.
“Patricia” — her last name wasn’t disclosed — came forward in a Buzzfeed article today. She was reportedly one of the 13 “Jane Doe” witnesses lined up to testify against Cosby when former Temple University employee Andrea Constand filed suit against the entertainer a decade ago. But that suit was settled before it went to trial, and Patricia had not told her story publicly until today.
Patricia told Buzzfeed she was invited in 1978 to Cosby’s house in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, when she was 22 years old. She expected to dine with Cosby and his wife, but only Cosby was there.
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Last night, ’90s Saturday Night Live great Norm Macdonald took to Twitter to share some backstage secrets about this weekend’s SNL 40 reunion—from what it was like writing with Mike Myers to being in the same room with Paul McCartney—but the tweet that got most leverage, at least in the press, was one that said Eddie Murphy was asked but refused to reprise his Bill Cosby impression in the episode’s Celebrity Jeopardy sketch. Why? Read more »
Rodman Edwards, an intrepid 15-year-old sculptor from Turlock, California, is on a mission to replace two statues of Bill Cosby—one on display at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in North Hollywood and another at its satellite location at the Disney resort in Orlando, Florida.
According to Huffington Post, “Rodman Edwards’ proposed artwork is a bronze statue called Fat Albert Cries for Dr. Huxtable. It depicts a miniature Fat Albert—a cartoon character voiced by Cosby—covering the genitals of the naked, bloated body of Dr. Cliff Huxtable, the protagonist of The Cosby Show.”
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Another woman has come forward to accuse Bill Cosby, this time for allegedly making “unwanted sexual advances” on the set of The Cosby Show in 1987.
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All the cool comedians are making Cosby jokes these days—from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to the godfather of them all Hannibal Buress. So it’s only fitting that Conan give it a shot. Check out the opening monologue above, from last night’s show. He throws in the zinger around the 45-second mark.
In an interview today at the National Association of Television Program Executives in Miami Jay Leno offered his opinion on what he called “this whole Cosby thing.” He shares a similar stance with Larry Wilmore, the Comedy Central host who flat-out said Cosby is guilty of sexual assault on last night’s The Nightly Show.
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