Hannibal Buress is tired of being known for calling attention to the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby.
At the New York Comedy Festival’s Comedy Central Live in Brooklyn show on Friday, the headlining comedian called himself an “accidental whistle-blower.”
“[The media] put me too much at the front of that s—,” he said. “I was just doing a show.”
In October of last year, during a stand-up performance in Philadelphia, Buress blasted Cosby over sexual assault allegations that were brought against him in the past. “I guess I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch Cosby Show reruns,” he said in the routine, where he also referred to Cosby as a “rapist.”
Buress said he received strange messages after performing the show that berated him for talking about Cosby in that light. He noted a particular death threat from a bodybuilder/stripper who, strangely, he had one friend in common with on Facebook. (It’s a story Buress told Jimmy Kimmel back in March.)
More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault, many of whom have come forward in the 13 months since Buress’ set went viral. On Friday, four of those women joined a federal defamation suit against Cosby, alleging that he let his representatives falsely brand them as liars after they came forward. The 78-year-old comedian has maintained his innocence and has never been charged with a crime.