March 18, 2018
By Luke Hyland
Comedian Hannibal Buress’ mic was cut after making a joke about the Catholic Church’s history of child abuse during his Saturday night Colossus performance, attendees said.
Colossus is an annual, two-night show held by Loyola’s Department of Programming (DOP) in Gentile Arena, where a musical act performs one night and a comedic act the other night.
Buress reportedly opened his set with pictures of an email he said he received from Loyola detailing the school’s restrictions for Colossus artists, including a ban on any content regarding rape, sexual assault, race and sexual orientation.
The show began with a DJ opener, Tony Trimm, whose set was also reportedly cut short. Buress took the stage soon after another comedian warmed up the crowd.
After making a comment referencing priests’ molestation of children, Buress’ microphone cut out. The upset crowd booed but eventually quieted so Buress could perform without a microphone. The background music’s volume was reportedly increased, according to attendees, and the comedian left the stage for 15 minutes. After the break, he returned and finished his set.
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