- The Washington Times
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Comedian Shane Gillis joked about President Trump being assassinated during his first stand-up show since he was fired from “Saturday Night Live” this week.

“Of all the presidents I’ve been alive for, Trump would definitely be the funniest one to see get shot,” Mr. Gillis told a crowd at The Stand comedy club Wednesday night in New York City, USA Today reported.

“Like, without a doubt, that’d be funny,” he said. “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.”

Mr. Gillis came under fire last week over his past use of racist and homophobic slurs after it was announced that he would be joining “SNL’s” new season. The stand-up comedian gave a half-hearted apology to “anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said,” but defended himself as a “comedian who pushes boundaries.” NBC later announced that Mr. Gillis would not be joining the show.

“It’s been weird,” the comedian said Wednesday, USA Today reported. “Twitter, obviously, has been nuts. You try to stay off it when the whole country hates you. That’s not a fun feeling.”

Mr. Gillis said he’s been doing “OK” since his firing and spoke about the support he’s received from former “SNL” stars Rob Schneider and Norm Macdonald.

“As soon as they decide you’re a bad guy, you’re just alt-right now or something,” he said.

“For real, though, I did not vote for Donald Trump,” he said, reportedly winking at the audience. “Look at me: I didn’t, but that was tough. His whole campaign was at me. ‘Are you a fat idiot?’ ‘Yeah, dude, what’re we doing?’

Trump is funny,” he added. “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.’ “

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