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Comic who started Cosby firestorm is coming to Sacramento

Comedian Hannibal Buress performs on stage during the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 in Irvine, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Comedian Hannibal Buress performs on stage during the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 in Irvine, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP) Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP

Hannibal Buress, the comedian who called out Bill Cosby on stage as a “rapist” and renewed interest in years-old assault allegations, will appear Feb. 25 at Sacramento’s Crest Theatre.

In an October stand-up set in Cosby’s hometown of Philadelphia, Buress pointed to hypocrisy in Cosby’s clean-cut image and the older comedian’s admonishments to young men who favor low-slung pants to “pull your pants up.” Buress called Cosby a “rapist,” alluding to allegations that culminated in the 2006 settlement of one woman’s civil lawsuit alleging battery and assault.

Since Buress made his comments, several women have stepped forward with accusations against Cosby. In November, NBC canceled plans for a Cosby sitcom. Cosby’s subsequent stand-up appearances have drawn protesters. The controversy has been the subject of jokes on “Saturday Night Live” and on the recent Golden Globes awards telecast, during which hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler alluded to allegations that Cosby drugs women’s drinks.

Cosby has denied the allegations through his attorney and hasn’t been charged.

Tickets to see Buress, who is also a regular on the very funny Comedy Central series “Broad City,” are $35 and available through Ticketfly.com. The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Call The Bee’s Carla Meyer, (916) 321-1118. Follow her on Twitter @CarlaMeyerSB.

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