Daniel Tosh Pushes Funny-Bone Boundaries

Daniel Tosh, Tosh.0 star extraordinaire, has struck a raw spot when aiming for the funny bone. The comedian known for going there may have just gone too far when it comes to rape.

Tosh.0's Daniel Tosh is in need of redemption himself this week -- both web and otherwise! The funnyman has landed himself in trouble by doing his no-holds-barred thing on the subject of rape -- because it's "always funny."

Performing Friday, comedian Daniel Tosh encountered a woman who happened to vocally disagree on that point, however.

This particular anonymous audience member also happens to have a friend with a Tumblr account, who detailed the incident for those of us not present to hear Tosh's rape joke firsthand.

The Tumblr blogger quoted her friend as saying, "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."

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She continued, "It was humiliating, of course, especially as the audience guffawed in response to Tosh, their eyes following us as we made our way out of there. I didn’t hear the rest of what he said about me."

She concluded:

"I should probably add that having to basically flee while Tosh was enthusing about how hilarious it would be if I was gang-raped in that small, claustrophic room was pretty viscerally terrifying and threatening all the same, even if the actual scenario was unlikely to take place. The suggestion of it is violent enough and was meant to put me in my place."

The entry ends with a call to fellow bloggers to spread the word about the incident.

Yet, at least one person has Daniel Tosh's back. The manager of the club in which the rape joke incident occurred told E! News, "Comedians sometimes tell jokes and sometimes they can be off color... 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."

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Daniel Tosh linked to the rape joke Tumblr post directly when saying sorry, and tweeted to more than 6 million followers, "all the out of context misquotes aside, i'd like to sincerely apologize."

He went on to add in a second tweet, "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."

Do you think Daniel Tosh's rape bit went too far?

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Comments on "Tosh rape joke fail: Who's coming to Daniel's defense?"

Really? August 06, 2013 | 10:17 AM

How do you go into a Daniel Tosh show and expect him not to use offensive subject matter? Obviously this women went there just to pick a fight. Frankly, if you don't like a comedians subject matter, leave.

Yeah March 28, 2013 | 6:45 PM

Normally I might care and say "naughty boy Tosh" but I'm so tired of the PC Police and Obnoxious activism that I side with Tosh on this one.

asdasd January 11, 2013 | 2:18 PM

If she didnt agree with what he was saying why didnt she just get up and leave. Nope. she had to try and make a spectacle out of herself instead and heckled him, giving him every right to heckle her back. your at a comedy club, nothing in there is serious and should not be taken personal. thats like that lady at bestbuy with her son who couldnt look away from the porn being shown by a hacker, nothing was forcing them to be there and stay staring, dumb morons.

Jambone August 01, 2012 | 8:28 PM

Its Tosh... do you watch his shows, do you listen to his comedy, thats the type of humor that he does. you paid tickets to see him make fun of people and make jokes. If you dont like his humor then dont go to his show and dont make a big deal about you interrupting his show and getting humiliated because of it. All the rest of the audience didnt pay money to see you try and heckle tosh so sit down.

Alejandro July 25, 2012 | 8:01 PM

Absolutely not...Its comedy and somewhere down the line someone is gonna get offended but who cares. So you lost one fan. If she didnt want to be heckeled for a comment then she should have just kept her mouth shut. No one paid to come see this chick interrupt Daniel's jokes so she decided to act and Daniel fired right back like any comedian would do. No rape isn't funny but when you're using it as a joke and you paid tickets to watch Tosh do what he does and cross the line then pipe down and just ask for a refund.

Idiots. :) July 20, 2012 | 4:10 AM

I joke around as often as I wish to about any topic that comes to mind. If it offends people, that's their own problem and none of my business. If they take their own personal aggression and apply it towards something that doesn't effect their life in any manner then not the comedian, but the PERSON is taking the joke too seriously. On another hand, it also depends on how the joke was interpreted by the comedian and vocally perceived by said-audience. I swear you people are all like politicians. Get off your tied-up hands and knees and laugh once in a while. Maybe you wouldn't be so loose?

ha! July 12, 2012 | 2:49 PM

If you can't make a joke with greater point or lesson or even intelligently when dealing with touchy subjects, dont do it. Especially when the subject hits home with a huge amount of the population and that has caused great damage to those involved. Another point, don't single people out even if thats a misquote speaking of such a heavy subject with no command over it directly to a person you don't know isn't smart and that's the sign of a poor comic. He's famous he's been doing this a while, if he thinks he has the power to say such things, then he has the power to defend his comments simple as that. If he can't then he shouldn't have said it. If you can't defend your statments then it probably wasn't right to say.

CementMixerPuttyPutty July 11, 2012 | 10:46 PM

Went too far? I don't think it went far enough. Stupid gash heckled the guy, he shoulda commanded a train on this right then and there.

Emma July 11, 2012 | 4:28 PM

In no way is the topic of rape ever funny and it should never be used as material for a joke! He definitely took it too far and it is awful that girl had to put up with his rantings.

blah July 11, 2012 | 12:38 PM

if it was a rape joke, ok. comedians can use any subject to make a joke but it wasn't a joke. there was no punchline. it was no different than me telling a pregnant lady that i hope her baby dies before birth then saying "what i cant make jokes about death?" he targeted a girl. weak. he targeted her and said he would find it funny if she was raped. weak. curious, would it also be hilarious to bob saget....i mean daniel tosh if his wife/mom/sister/daughter was raped? if not then he should understand why what he said wasn't a joke.

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