Daniel Tosh Rape Joke Results in Uproar, Apology

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Daniel Tosh has been known to push the envelope, but a recent joke about an audience member being gang-raped took it too far, even by his standards.

On Friday, the star of Comedy Central's Tosh.0 was doing standup at The Laugh Factory in L.A. and said at one point that rape jokes are always funny.

After a female audience member vocally disagreed, things got ugly.

According to the woman, Tosh said, "Wouldn't it be funny if that girl got raped by like, 5 guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her."

Daniel Tosh on Stage

The woman and her friend, both "completely stunned" and "humiliated," high-tailed it out of there as the audience guffawed in response to Tosh's wisecrack.

After she documented the experience on Tumblr, Tosh linked to the post and tweeted, "all the out of context misquotes aside, I'd like to sincerely apologize."

Smart move, though Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada was quick to defend him:

"Comedians tell jokes and sometimes they can be off color ... Daniel Tosh is one of the most caring people I know. He had no intentions of hurting anyone."

"I understand where she's coming from, but [Tosh] didn't attack [her] ... I feel bad for her and I apologize to her. If you are a member of the audience and you start dishing out something to a comedian, you better be able to take it."

Also fair. What do you think? Should Daniel have apologized?

UPDATE: The woman complained to the manager but was offered and accepted a refund and two complimentary tickets to the club, so beef quashed.


@Abc: become a female, get raped and degraded by three men and come back and tell me how it's crazy to want to beat the hell out of some comedian who likes to joke about gang rape. Does he also joke about the Holocaust, child molestation, torture, slavery, genocide and all the rest of societal atrocities? Man, I'm laughing myself to death. NOT.


what? suicide is not legal:D omg i had no idea! how can it not be legal? i dont get it!


The thing is, if he was actually funny he wouldn't have to resort to a rape joke in the first place, quite simply, all he did was push the limit of what he could put on television, and the shock value of the things he says either makes them laugh or appalled


And let me get this straight... joking about rape is wrong but beating someone to within an inch of their life for saying something that offends you is completely justified? You ppl are the threat to rational thinking people and society, not this comedian. Scary that you're to stupid to even recognize your own ignorance.


Tx Jimmy, you are so right. What he said may very well be offensive but the comments here are stupid at best. Doggbor gets the prize. God is a rapist? You're an idiot.


you guys seriously take this to personally


Rape jokes are NEVER funny. That is a very violent crime and not something to be joked about. I get he is a comedian but seriously, that was uncalled for. Joking about a women in your audience getting raped, how does anyone find that ok? Wouldn't it be funny if YOU got raped Mr not-so-funnyman. What a douche-bag.


Wow, all of the comments here are fucking retarded.


HE needs to be put over a barrel!!!! where's barney frank when HE really could do something useful for a change!!!!


Ther are a lot of things in this world that are not funny like 911,cancer,hunger,aids murder,genocide,your mom's vagina etc. but people make fun of them all day get over it.Hell if it was not for God raping a 14year old virgin ther would be no Jesus! Remember we are all human and LAUGHTER is the best CURE-ALL for all of the bad things in life. To all you Tosh & Tom Leykus haters you are the reason why suicide should be legal the world would be better off without you!!!

@ Dogbbor

Lol, has anyone noticed that the people who think these are funny, are the violent ones? Who say people are ignorant and need to kill themselves? Well, fuck, suicide isn't funny either. What if your daughter killed herself? Or your wife? Shit isn't funny anymore, is it? My god, I have speculation that these violent people could be rapists lol. Supporting suicide and rape. Yep, that is so fucking hilarious.

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Daniel Tosh is the host of Tosh.0, a show on Comedy Central. It makes fun of clips on the Web. The comedian was born in Germany, but grew... More »
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