University cuts Hannibal Buress's mic mid-gig

He made a joke over the Catholic church history of child molestation allegations despite being asked not to in an email which he then displayed as part of his comedic set

A Hannibal Buress gig at Loyola University Chicago on March 17 was disrupted after organizers cut the comedian's mic when he discussed the Catholic church's history of child molestation and sexual abuse.

Mr. Buress was performing at the Catholic university's annual Colossus event in Gentile Arena when he opened his set by sharing an email he said he received from school administrators, which banned performance content regarding rape, sexual assault, race and sexual orientation, the Loyola Phoenix newspaper reported Sunday.

Reports suggest that Buress' microphone was cut less than five minutes into his set but that he was allowed to return to the stage after a 15 minute interval. However, this past Saturday, at Loyola University in Chicago, the comedian got shut down for jokes that reportedly went too far. Students at Loyola were clearly frustrated by the decision to censor the comedian, and took to Twitter to complain.

Members of the audience vented their frustration with the handling of the situation on Twitter, writing, "Loyola just cut Hannibal's mic".

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The crowd reportedly started chanting, "We want Hanibal!"

Buress' jokes about Cosby's sexual assault allegations during a routine of Cosby's hometown of Philadelphia in 2014 created a media firestorm, bringing new light to the charges, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Once Campus Safety reportedly stationed themselves at the front of the stage, Ally Boly, a 20-year-old worldwide studies and history double major, thought the situation was about to escalate. Buress returned to a standing ovation and joked about his microphone being cut off. One student told the outlet, "I literally thought like I was about to witness a riot, and I was ready to participate". In a tweet that has since been deleted, Buress said, "Weird way to celebrate Sweet 16", in reference to the school's basketball team defeating Tennessee earlier that evening.

Administrators did not respond to the Phoenix's request for comment.



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