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Comedian Steve Rannazzisi, best known as Kevin from The League, has an amazing story about barely escaping the World Trade Center on 9-11. Back in 2009, he shared it with Marc Maron on the WTF podcast. The daring escape is even mentioned on his IMDB page’s trivia section, and Rannazzisi has cited the ordeal as his inspiration for moving to Hollywood to pursue his dreams.
There’s only one problem: It didn’t happen.
After being confronted with inaccuracies in his story, Rannazzisi admitted that he was in midtown at the time of the attacks, nowhere near the carnage.
“I was not at the Trade Center on that day,” he said in a statement provided by his publicist which was also posted on Twitter. “I don’t know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry.”
Previously, Rannazzisi claimed he was working at Merrill Lynch in 2001 when the attacks took place. The problem with this story is that Merrill Lynch did not have offices in the Twin Towers. And even if they had, it would be a moot point since the company was unable to find any evidence that Rannazzisi was ever an employee.
“For many years, more than anything I have wished that, with silence, I could somehow erase a story told by an immature young man,“ Rannazzisi said. "It only made me more ashamed. How could I tell my children to be honest when I hadn’t come clean about this?”
Do you think he had a “fear boner” when he wrote that? I hope so.
Unfortunately for Rannazzisi, the revelation came just days before his new stand-up special, Breaking Dad, was set to air on Comedy Central. The network put out a statement saying it was “very disappointed” by the revelation and that it is “currently determining how [it] will move forward.” I think that’s code for “there’s no way in hell we’re airing this now.”
After Rannazzisi posted his apology on Twitter, comedian and SNL star Pete Davidson replied with the following tweet. In case you’re not picking up on the sarcasm, Davidson’s father was a firefighter who died during the attacks.
Initially, Rannazzisi replied thanking Davidson for his support, causing Davidson to reply a second time.
Eventually, Rannazzisi caught on to the sarcasm and disdain, deleted his Tweet, and reached out to Davidson directly. And apparently, Davidson accepted his apology.
That’s true. I once lied about touching a boob (never happened), so I guess I’m no better than Rannazzisi. Then again, my lie didn’t involve thousands of dead people.