Hannibal Buress upset a Catholic university by highlighting the church’s history of sexual abuse

Buress’s mic was cut during a performance at Loyola University.

March 19, 2018
Hannibal Buress upset a Catholic university by highlighting the church’s history of sexual abuse Hannibal Buress performs at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on November 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.   Brandon Williams/Getty

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. Buress raised the subject in relation to an email he had received from the school asking him to refrain from talking about a number of subjects, including sexual assault.

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Buress attempted to carry on talking without his microphone, the Loyola Phoenix reports, only to be drowned out by loud music. However, he managed to finish the show after audience members began chanting “we want refunds.”

It was Buress whose viral 2014 stand-up set eventually led to the downfall of Bill Cosby amid a series of sexual assault allegations. In Chicago he began his show by displaying the email he had received from the school effectively banning him from referencing “rape, sexual assault, race, sexual orientation/gender,” or “illegal drugs” during his performance. Staff intervened shortly after.


The FADER has reached out to representatives for Buress and the school for comment.

Hannibal Buress upset a Catholic university by highlighting the church’s history of sexual abuse