Appearing at the 22nd annual Comics Come Home fundraiser benefiting The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, Wanda Sykes clashed with the audience after she ripped into President-elect Donald Trump.
Sykes started by joking that “we elected an orangutan to run the country,” which drew some boos from the crowd gathered at the TD Garden.
But it only got uglier from there. “I am certain this is not the first time we’ve elected a racist, sexist, homophobic president,” said Sykes during her set. “He ain’t the first one. He’s just the first confirmed one,” she said drawing even louder boos, which only caused her to escalate. Within seconds the audience and Sykes had turned on each other. “F— you, motherf—ers,” Sykes said as the crowd’s boos intensified. “F— all y’all. F— all y’all,” then pointing out specific audience members to curse and flip off.
Denis Leary had preceded Sykes in Saturday’s show, mocking both presidential candidates with a video montage — including a photo of the President-elect next to one of an orangutan, according to those who attended. “It drew a big laugh,” George Hamblen who attended the concert with his wife told the Boston Globe
Similarly. Nick DiPaolo followed Sykes unleashing a barrage of comments about liberals, Boston women, and Jews, with no negative response from the crowd. To the contrary, he drew claps and laughter for his pro-Trump rant which was filled with coarse language, anti-Semitic references, and jokes about raping women according to audience members.
Many who attended the show believe that Sykes, who is a black lesbian, was unfairly treated by the crowd. “She was expressing that she’s afraid of what Trump’s presidency will mean for her,” said Kim Comatas from Framingham, MA. “I feel [the booing] confirmed all the reasons she should be afraid,” she said to the Boston Globe.
In a statement, Denis Leary said
“For 22 years, we have never censored any performer at Comics Come Home … This has resulted in the longest running standup charity event in America. Even this past weekend, 6 of the 8 comics received big laughs and rapturous applause. As I say each time we do this concert, the Boston audiences are the best in the country and their support of The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care has been absolutely exceptional. We look forward to Comics Come Home 23 next November.”