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Hannibal Buress: The comic who kindled the Cosby firestorm

Hannibal Buress: The comic who kindled the Cosby firestorm

Just over a year ago, a comedy routine by Hannibal Buress changed the lives of nearly 50 women.

“Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the ‘80s,” Buress said during a show at a Philadelphia comedy club, mocking Bill Cosby. “Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby. So turn the crazy down a couple notches.”

From the stage, he implored audience members who didn’t believe him to “Google ‘Bill Cosby rape’” once they left the show: “That … has more results than ‘Hannibal Buress,’” he said.

But they didn’t have to.

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