- The Washington Times - Monday, March 19, 2018

Comedian Hannibal Buress‘ microphone was cut off during a performance at Loyola University Chicago Saturday night after he cracked a joke about the Catholic Church’s child sex abuse scandal.

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.

Mr. Buress then reportedly made a joke about Catholic priests molesting children when his mic was cut. The comedian tried to carry on his set without his mic, but the background music’s volume was reportedly increased to drown him out, causing him to leave the stage, the Phoenix reported.

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After about 15 minutes offstage, Mr. Buress reportedly returned to a standing ovation from the crowd. He made jokes about Loyola cutting his microphone for the duration of his set, the Phoenix reported.

During the 15-min break, Mr. Buress tweeted, “Weird way to celebrate sweet 16,” referencing the Loyola Ramblers’ March Madness win over the Tennessee Volunteers earlier that evening. His tweet was deleted hours later, the Phoenix reported.

Leslie Watland, assistant director of Loyola’s Department of Programming, which coordinated the Colossus event, told the newspaper that Student Development Administrators made the decisions during the show.

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

Mr. Buress came to prominence in 2014 after his jokes about Bill Cosby being a rapist went viral, reigniting criticism against Mr. Cosby and sparking a wave of decades-old allegations against the disgraced comedian.

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