The League Star Steve Rannazzisi Admits to Fabricating 9/11 Escape Story

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‘League’ star Steve Rannazzisi admits to lying about escaping World Trade Center on 9/11.

Cast member Stephen Rannazzisi speaks at a panel for the FX Networks television series “The League” during the Television Critics Association Cable Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California, August 7, 2015. (Reuters) Steve Rannazzisi, the comedian who stars as Kevin on FXX’s “The League,” has admitted lying about escaping the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Steve Rannazzisi, whom you may know from , those Buffalo Wild Wing commercials, or—well, just those two things—has an old chestnut he’s always used to explain how he got into comedy: the Long Island-born actor cites 9/11 as the impetus for his move to Los Angeles.Steve Rannazzisi, a comedian best known for his role on The League who has frequently told a story about how surviving 9/11 inspired him to get into comedy, has now admitted that the entire story is a lie. While appearing on “WTF with Marc Maron” in 2009, Rannazzisi, 37, recounted a tale in which he worked as an account manager at Merrill Lynch’s offices on the 54th floor of the south tower. “I was there and then the first tower got hit and we were like jostled all over the place,” Rannazzisi said at the time. “And then the Port Authority came on the loudspeaker and were like, ‘Hey, explosion in tower one, things are being taken care of, everyone remain where you are. The New York Times reports that the factuality of Rannazzisi’s account, which he has talked about in numerous interviews, was questioned recently, causing The League star, 37, to admit he’d lied. “I was not at the Trade Center on that day,” he said in a statement from his publicist, Matthew Labov. “I don’t know why I said this.

The comedian, 37, also appears in a series of Buffalo Wild Wings commercials that run often during sporting events and has a standup special scheduled to debut this Saturday on Comedy Central. Stay calm, we’re figuring things out.’” He continued, “I was like, ‘Well I’m gonna go check this thing out.’ I went downstairs, walked outside, saw all the pandemonium. Additionally, these retellings (which took place only during interviews and never during Comedy Central programming) have also included that his girlfriend worked in the south tower’s 24th floor, but never made it to work that day. “We decided that we were moving,” he said on Pauly Shore & Friends in 2009. “We were like: ‘You know what?

He continued telling the story in interviews for years, despite claiming it was a tough topic for him, telling the Sklarbro Country podcast in 2011 he didn’t want to seem like he was “cashing in or anything like that.” I am truly, truly sorry.” It’s possible that when Rannazzisi’s career first began, this kind of fabricated story could have been limited to cocktail parties or pitch meetings. 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. Comedians now aren’t asked to limit their stories to stand-up and screenplays, but on an entire circuit of appearances and “authentic” conversations, which might explain why Rannazzisi clung to a story that was so easily fact-checked as false.

How could I tell my children to be honest when I hadn’t come clean about this?” But as recently as 2011, Rannazzisi referenced the same fabricated tale. 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. His publicist told the Times was an oversight.) “For many years, more than anything, I have wished that, with silence, I could somehow erase a story told by an immature young man.

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