Tosh Apologizes For Rape Joke Aimed At Laugh Factory Audience Member, Owner Defends Comedian
Daniel Tosh apologizes after rape joke

Tosh Apologizes For Rape Joke Aimed At Laugh Factory Audience Member, Owner Defends Comedian

Comedian Daniel Tosh issued an apology for making a rape joke targeting a female member of the audience at his latest stand-up show at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles after the incident was posted on Tumblr.

According to the Huffington Post, Tosh made a general remark in his about rape jokes being funny, upon which a female audience member (let’s call her Jane) proceeded to yell out that rape is never funny. Instead of carrying on with his act and ignoring the offended Jane, Tosh took a bit of a detour and responded to Jane’s comment in his own joking manner. The Tumblr post goes on to say:

“After I called out to him, Tosh paused for a moment. Then, he says, ‘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…’and I, completely stunned and finding it hard to process what was happening but knowing I needed to get out of there, immediately nudged my friend, who was also completely stunned, and we high-tailed it out of there.”

Tosh offered his own style of apology via Twitter after the post was picked up by multiple blogs:

“‘all the out of context misquotes aside, i’d like to sincerely apologize”

And of course immediately added:

“the point i was making before i was heckled is there are awful things in the world but you can still make jokes about them.#deadbabies”

Laugh Factory owner, Jamie Masada, seems to be on Daniel Tosh’s side though, reports E! News.

“Comedians sometimes tell jokes and sometimes they can be off-color. I think Daniel Tosh is one of the funniest comics alive. He is one of the most caring people I know. He had no intentions of hurting anyone. I understand where she is coming from, but Daniel Tosh did not attack this young lady. 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 comic and try to be funny, you better be able to take it.”

The author of the post claims employees didn’t refund her ticket, but were “profusely apologetic” and offered a complimentary pair of tickets to another show. However, Masada claims she chose to take the tickets instead of a refund.

Do you think Tosh went too far? Do you think the owner of the club is wrong in defending the Tosh.0 star’s actions?