Comedian Daniel Tosh has apologized for offending one of his female fans during a stand-up comedy routine. The comedian included a joke about a rape in his routine that offended one of the members of his audience.
Tosh is not one who usually shies away from material that is controversial in his stand-up routines, but one member of his audience felt he had gone too far on a recent performance. Tosh is the host of his series Tosh O on Comedy Central and was called out for the inappropriate comments he was alleged to have made.
One of his female audience members said Tosh made declarative, generalizing statements that rape jokes were always funny. She said he said rape is hilarious. She said his comments made her feel provoked and she then said she yelled to Tosh that rape jokes never are funny.
The woman said Tosh paused for a moment after she yelled at him and then he said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if she was raped by five guys at this moment.”
The woman was so affected by the comments from Tosh that she walked out of the show and asked to be reimbursed for the cost of the show. Jamie Masada, the owner of the comedy club was at the show and said the woman did not describe the incident accurately.
He said the exchange was between Tosh and an audience member but was not intended to offend anyone in particular. Tosh is usually one who does not typically apologize after telling a joke, but in this instance he said he felt it was appropriate and the correct thing to do. He did so publically by making a post on his Twitter page.