When Hannibal Buress made his now-infamous Bill Cosby rapist joke in October of 2014, allegations of the beloved television patriarch’s nefarious deeds were public knowledge, just not public knowledge. Even 30 Rock once made a public dig at Cosby’s expense, but in the end, all it took was someone filming part of a stand-up act that went viral for Cosby’s house of cards to finally collapse.
But Buress doesn’t want to be known as some kind of social justice warrior who took down Bill Cosby. He’s a comedian who was telling a joke, and while it’s great that Cosby is finally facing repercussions for his horrible actions, Buress has always maintained that his involvement was purely accidental. Plus, the guy’s career is blowing up. Aside from his own Comedy Central series and continued involvement in Broad City, he’s got a new Netflix special coming out and steals the scene in literally every big blockbuster comedy he appears in.
So, you’d think that during a Netflix panel with Patton Oswalt and John Mulaney at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Sunday, reporters would, oh, have other stuff to ask Hannibal Buress about besides Bill Cosby. Sadly, you would be wrong. At first, Buress gamely played along, joking about how no one paid attention when he called Mulaney out for rape, but unfortunately the questions were relentless, and he quickly lost patience. Here are just a sample of the exchanges: