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  • Hannibal Buress calls out Bill Cosby on stage, bringing up past accusations declaring, “You’re A Rapist”

    Buress CosbyHannibal Buress had a few choice words for legendary comedian Bill Cosby from the stage during a stop in Philadelphia at the Trocadero. Cosby is a well known native to Philadelphia and Buress went on an comedic rant about the city’s native son, pointing out the hypocrisy and righteous stance Cosby often takes when it comes to social issues yet he himself isn’t as squeaky clean as some think.

    For those unfamiliar with the story, Cosby came under fire in the mid 2000s with lawsuits from a over a dozen women who claimed to be drugged and sexually assaulted by the comedian. The accusations dated back decades. The statute of limitations ran out on some and others were settled out of court. However, Cosby was never publicly accused of rape. Read More

    All Jane No Dick comedy festival being protested by men’s right activist

    The universe has been handing us some real doozies recently, making it hard to figure out which stories in our newsfeed are real and which are satire. Take for instance the recent partnership between the Susan G. Koman foundation and Baker Hughes, one of the world’s largest oil and fracking companies, to create pink drill bits. Or when a University in Norwich, England announced this week their campaign called “Go with the Flow,” which encourages students to pee in the shower in order to save water. Seems real life is giving funny a run for it’s money as even The Onion couldn’t make this stuff up. In further news of the “WHAT THE,” for the first time in it’s three years, Portland, Oregon’s all-women comedy fest, All Jane No Dick, found out their promotional materials were being destroyed by a men’s rights activist group. Read More

    Writer John Freiler accuses Geico campaign of ripping off his short film

    It is not terribly uncommon for people to steal and use ideas that are not their own. In high school and college they lectured us over and over about plagiarism, and threatened us with a strict zero-tolerance policy. Clear-cut: you get caught stealing, you’re gone. In the real world, plagiarism is much easier to get away with it seems. Even with a mountain of evidence, there rarely seems to be a just end (we saw E!News get away with it just earlier this year).

    Today, writer John Freiler took to Twitter to call out a large company, Geico Insurance, for ripping off a short film he made with Joe Nicolosi. The brilliantly done horror film parody trailer done by Freiler and Nicolosi isn’t some hidden web gem seen only by comedy and film nerds. The film was screened at SXSW 2013 and then later was posted on Youtube where it garnered a mighty 6.4 million views. Read More

    Tracy Morgan, “I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident they caused,” doctors unsure if he will perform again

    Tracy MorganSince the multi-car accident in June that left Tracy Morgan and his entourage in the ICU and killed comedian Jimmy Mack, it’s been a rough go for all parties involved, long hospital stays, rehab, pain and suffering. Morgan filed suit against Walmart and its tractor trailer driver who caused the pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike.

    Earlier this week Walmart responded to the lawsuit in the classiest way possible by attempting to shift the blame on their own driver to Morgan and co. saying that they would’ve been alright if they just simply wore their seatbelts. Read More

    Too offensive on stage? Houston Baptist University calls cops on comedian Samuel J Comroe during stand-up performance

    Samuel J ComroeLast night, comedian Samuel J. Comroe was performing stand-up at a college, something he’d done “hundreds and hundreds” of times before. But this time was a bit different for the comedian, he was a Houston Baptist University. The night appeared routine enough, Comroe arrived early and struck up a conversation with the folks in charge to talk about any restrictions they had on stand-up material. Something many comedians choose to do as a courtesy at college and corporate gigs to make sure the evening goes smooth and limit the chances of offending at such gigs.

    Comroe was asked by the woman in charge (whose name he does not remember) to not curse during his act. Makes sense they’d have this request as a Baptist College. According to his statement, Comroe followed up some more topics that might be taboo including sex and he was given the green light on that topic as long as he was not extremely vulgar about it.

    Comroe, has Tourettes Syndrome and it manifests itself as visual tics, it’s also something he addresses in his act. Comroe did his show and after about a half hour of performing stand-up he held a Q&A with the college audience. It was there things started to go wrong for the comedian. Read More

    The future of the “The Opie & Anthony Show” unknown, remaining hosts to return to airwaves

    The Opie & Anthony ShowOver the holiday break, the quick and speedy termination of SiriusXM DJ Anthony Cumia, of The Opie & Anthony Show left many fans scrambling to actually find out what happened and what the future of the show would be.

    Would the remaining hosts, Greg “Opie” Hughes and Jim Norton continue on the satellite provider without Cumia? Would they keep the crew intact and see what other radio networks were out there? Is a podcast possible? Web only? The people that know the future of the show are not talking… yet.

    We could speculate all we want but the truth is, we’ll have to wait a week to find out. Just moments ago, Opie Hughes Tweeted that he’ll be back on the air for the show next Monday (July 14th) with Norton to deliver whatever type of news we have for us about the future of the show. Read More

    Anthony Cumia fired from “The Opie & Anthony Show” over Twitter rant

    Anthony Cumia is out of a job for being assaulted?

    Just moments ago the SiriusXM DJ and co-host of The Opie & Anthony Show announced that the satellite radio company had fired him over an incident that didn’t even happen while on the job. As we reported yesterday, Cumia went on a scathing Twitter rant after being attacked in Times Square by an anonymous woman while taking pictures.

    Cumia announced the news this morning via the same Twitter account that started the controversy in the first place. Read More

    Anthony Cumia of “The Opie & Anthony Show” assaulted in Times Square, goes on twitter rant afterward

    Anthony CumiaAnthony Cumia is a bit pissed and he appears to have good reason to be.

    The co-host of the SiriusXM satellite radio show, The Opie & Anthony Show is no stranger to diatribes and rants that get him into hot water. However, yesterday he was assaulted and he didn’t hide his feelings about how furious he was about the situation. The DJ went on a profanity-laden rant about the attack and his attacker on his Twitter feed. Posting pictures of his attacker and arguing with followers for hours afterward.

    Cumia claims a woman approached and assaulted him while he was in Times Square attempting to take photos. The woman was caught in the frame and objected to being in Cumia’s pictures. That’s when the the madness began as the woman allegedly walked up to Cumia and began punching him. Cumia defended himself while she continued the attack. Words were exchanged and the incident ended, no police were around and no report was filed by the DJ. Read More

    Joan Rivers, “Kristen Stewart does a lot of sucking” and Jerry Lewis is an, “unfunny, stupid asshole”

    Joan RiversJoan Rivers was recently interviewed by Ron & Fez’s Ron Bennington for SiriusXM’s Unmasked. Rivers was interviewed for her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva.

    Rover’s book is a funny look at moments in her life as a diva, traveling, working, and living. In the book she (as expected) pulls no punches when talking about other celebrities. When Bennington asked Rivers about a possible lawsuit coming from Twilight actress Kristen Stewart, Rivers dismissed the young actress’ claims and mocked her recent scandal with a married man.

    Rivers also managed to tell Bennignton that she had no love for Jerry Lewis, calling him, an “unfunny, lucky, stupid, asshole.”

    Joan Rivers’ entire interview with Bennington will air on Saturday, July 12, at 7pm ET on SiriusXM’s Raw Dog Comedy Hits channel 99. Read More