It didn’t take Shane Gillis long to return to stand-up comedy after being let go from „Saturday Night Live”.
He performed Sept. 18 at The Stand NYC Comedy Club in New York City, where he attempted to make light of recent events.
“SNL” had hired the central Pennsylvania native as a new cast member earlier this month, but when when video and audio clips surfaced of him using racial slurs and homophobic language on a podcast, the show’s producers fired him.
In his first appearance since his firing, USA Today reported that Gillis tried to deflect the “online backlash.” He told the crowd, “it’s been weird.”
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“Twitter, obviously, has been nuts,” he said. “You try to stay off of it when the whole country hates you. That’s not a fun feeling.”
The 31-year-old relayed that he’s doing “OK,” and continued his stand-up act, saying that he understood why he was let go.
According to USA Today, Gillis said: “Everybody’s like, ‘You can’t say [expletive] and not expect consequences,’” USA Today reported “I’m fine with the consequences — that’s it, I’m not arguing. But I do want everyone to know that I have been reading every one of my death threats in an Asian accent.”
He didn’t stop there. He directed his attention to President Donald Trump. He winked at the audience, and insisted he didn’t vote for him.
“Trump is funny,” Gillis continued. „He’s funnier than everyone I know. If Trump was the next comic, he’d bury me. He’d come out and be like, ‘Fat. Loser. Fired.’ „
Then he joked about a Trump assassination, according to Slate.
“I don’t want you to think I’m too pro-Trump,” Gillis said. “I will say this: Of all the presidents I’ve been alive for, Trump would definitely be the funniest one to see get shot. Like, without a doubt, that’d be funny. I’m not asking for that; I don’t want that to happen, but it would be funny to see. He’d be on stage talking [expletive], the shooter would be coming at him, and he’d be like, ‘Sit down.’ He’d definitely make a funny noise when he got hit. … It would be funny.”
He reported ended his set saying he is “white trash” from Pennsylvania. He told the crowd he has friends on both sides of the political aisle, Slate reported.
„It’s funny to hear so many people these days say, ‘I’m not racist,’ ” Gillis said. “It’s like, are you sure? Being racist isn’t like a yes or no thing. It’s not like you do or you don’t have it. Being racist is like being hungry: It’s like, ‘Yeah, you’re not right now, but a cheeseburger could cut you off in traffic and you could get hungry real quick. You didn’t even know you were hungry for that type of cheeseburger.’ The cheeseburger is not Asian in that joke.”
Several venues have agreed to cancel Gillis’ upcoming scheduled performances, Slate noted. The Helium Comedy Club in Indianapolis rescheduled at Gillis’ request; The Williams Center in Rutherford, New Jersey, canceled a performance; and Acme Comedy Co. in Minneapolis said Gillis will no longer be performing there at the end of October.
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