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March 12, 2015

Hannibal Buress' new show not prompted by Cosby allegations

Comedian dispels rumors in a tweet

Hannibal Buress, much to the delight of comedy fans, will finally be getting his own show.

According to the A.V. Club, Comedy Central has ordered eight episodes of "Why? With Hannibal Buress." According to Viacom, the company that owns Comedy Central, the show:

... will feature the comic answering the burning questions on his mind through stand-up, filmed segments, man-on-the-street interviews and special in-studio guests.

Now, Buress has already made a successful career as a stand-up and with cameos in T.V. and Film, including a recurring role in Comedy Central's "Broad City."

But Buress made national headlines for bringing up rape allegations against Temple University's own Bill Cosby in October 2014 during a stand-up routine at the Trocadero in Philadelphia:

The video went viral, resurfacing old accusations against the comedian and subsequently leading to over 30 women (and counting) coming out with allegations of sexual assault, among other things, against Cosby.

However, don't think this is why Buress got his own show. The comedian dispelled rumors that the added attention he received from the performance was why he landed the series in a tweet: