(NY Times) –
When the comedian Steve Rannazzisi has explained his success, which includes seven seasons starring on a popular TV show, “The League,” and a one-hour special this Saturday on Comedy Central, he has frequently attributed it to decisions he made after narrowly escaping the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
In elaborate detail, Mr. Rannazzisi, 37, has described working at Merrill Lynch’s offices on the 54th floor of the south tower when the first plane struck the north tower.
“I was there and then the first tower got hit and we were like jostled all over the place,” he told an interviewer in 2009.
He fled to the street just minutes before another plane slammed into his building, he said, and decided that very day that life was too precious to waste opportunities. So he abandoned his New York desk job to pursue a career as an entertainer in Los Angeles.
Nonetheless, he said, he remained affected by his memories of that day.
“I still have dreams of like, you know, those falling dreams,” he told the interviewer.
Confronted this week, though, with evidence that undermined his account, Mr. Rannazzisi, after a day of deliberation, acknowledged on Tuesday that his account was fiction. Actually, he had been working in Midtown that day, and not for Merrill Lynch, which has no record of his employment and had no offices in either tower.
“I was not at the Trade Center on that day,” he said in a statement provided by his publicist, Matthew Labov. “I don’t know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry.”
UHHHHH, WTF Man? Not the Buffalo Wild Wings guy. Ill be honest I was not aware of this prior to today. Had seen him on The League, thought the show was funny (for the first couple years anyway), seemed like a semi funny likeable guy. Apparently not.
I mean why even come up with that story? Gotta know that something like that would eventually catch up with you. And whats the deal with his wife? Like she knew and was in on it this whole time? Or somehow had no idea he was lying? Guess is she was in on it. And he carried it on for years, and in multiple interviews.
Sure I have been caught in a lie that I just had to stick to my guns and ride out, we all have, but none of mine included the worst tragedy in American history.
Dont get me wrong he is not the first person to use that tragedy to make money or better themselves somehow, and all those other people are assholes too, but damn man.
The irony is, the lie he used to start his career will almost assuredly end it now that the truth is out.
PS. This interview just seems super awkward now. The wife and new baby sitting there and everything.
PPS. He was supposed to have a special on Comedy Central coming out this weekend. I wouldnt count on that making it to air.