Chortle reports Loyola University (a Catholic institution) in Chicago turned off comedian Hannibal Buress’s microphone during his set because he refused to follow content restrictions.
Footage of the gig shows him telling the audience ‘There were content restrictions that were put with this gig, which I agreed to, then today I was like, “Ah, f*ck that”‘ – eliciting cheers and applause.
Check out the footage from the show. It’s Hannibal being Hannibal.
Hannibal Buress Refuses To Be Silenced
His microphone was cut. But Hannibal was in for a penny and in for a pound.
When his mic was cut he apparently tried to press on, saying: ‘I can project’, before adding ‘Y’all f*ck kids, right?’ He tried to press on, but the background music was turned up.
It turns out students going to this Catholic university don’t like their comedian being censored.
Burgess left the stage, and footage from the gig shows the crowd cheering for him to come back, which he did after about 15 minutes.
This is what happens when you try to silence Hannibal Buress.
Buress showed the audience the rules he had been asked to adhere to on a giant screen.
The included ‘limited used of profanities’, ‘artist may not invite students on stage’ and a ban on referencing ‘rape, sexual assault, race, sexual orientation/gender’ or ‘illegal drugs’.
There are many comedians who make their financial bread and butter from working corporate gigs. Their matertial is clean in that there isn’t anything controversial in their acts (Hey, everybody! What’s the deal with ink cartridges?)
I don’t know if Hannibal made the calculation he doesn’t need money from Catholic schools. Perhaps he simply had a f*ck it moment. We’ve all had them. It’s when we say to ourselves I don’t care what the consequences are. I’m balls in.
I suppose the trick is to be wealthy enough to afford f*ck it moments.
Regardless, whoever booked Hannibal made a mistake. Maybe they didn’t realize Hannibal was the guy who made the joke about Bill Cosby being a rapist that helped launch the #metoo movement.
Some of us just have issues with authority.
You won’t be disappointed with Hannibal’s comedy album…
Andrew Hall is the author of Laughing in Disbelief. Besides writing a blog, co-hosting the Naked Diner, he wrote two books, Vampires, Lovers, and Other Strangers and God’s Diary: January 2017 . Andrew is reading through the Bible and making videos about his journey on YouTube. He is a talented stand-up comedian. You can find him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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