Comedian Steve Rannazzisi claimed for years that his experience being inside the south tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11 inspired him to begin his career as a comedian, but after being confronted by evidence from the New York Times, he recently admitted that he was not inside the World Trade Center on that day.
“I was there and then the first tower got hit and we were like jostled all over the place.”
He told that interviewer that the event caused him to change careers from working for Merrill Lynch to becoming a comedian. The New York Times discovered that Merrill Lynch had no record of Rannazzisi working for the company nor did the company have offices in the World Trade Center.
Rannazzisi told the interviewer:
“I still have dreams of like, you know, those falling dreams.”
He said in an interview on the podcast “Skarlbro Country” in 2011 about his 9/11 experience:
“I’ve spoken about it before. I just don’t ever want to feel like, anyone, I am cashing in or anything like that.”
Rannazzisi did apologize for his actions in a statement released by his publicist to the New York Times:
“I was not at the Trade Center on that day. I don’t know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry.”
The comedian has a current contract with Buffalo Wild Wings and has held roles at MTV’s “Punk’d,” FXX’s “The League” and Comedy Central’s “Steve Rannazzisi: Manchild.” Comedy Central was set to release a one hour special called “Breaking Dad,” but may no longer do so.
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Both Buffalo Wild Wings and Comedy Central are still determining how these lies will affect Rannazzisi’s relationship with them.
h/t: The Blaze