Comedy is often a world where it’s normal to hear outrageous things said, as most of the professional joke slingers out there are desperate for any sort of attention they can get and will say whatever they think will provoke the response they crave. This truth was put on full display over the weekend following the untimely death of “Friends” star Matthew Perry who drowned in his hot tub at the age of 54, which former “Saturday Night Live” writer Kevin Brennan thought was hilarious. Now, if he had kept this observation to himself, he would not have had the experience he just had on social media.
But, alas, the washed up comedian — who I hadn’t even heard of until today — decided it was a real hoot to laugh about Perry’s tragic passing. This, of course, did not sit well with the actor’s many fans.
“DROWNED IN A HOT TUB. HAHAHAHA,” Brennan said in a post on X.
When a user on the platform questioned why he found drowning in a hot tub so side-splitting hilarious he replied, “because it’s not very deep.” Kind of like his heart.
According to a report published by the Daily Wire, rather than just apologize for the insensitive remarks so soon after Perry’s passing, he doubled down, responding to a TMZ story by saying, “I didn’t mock it. I just thought it was funny. But I do love it when junkies die.”
Can you think of a more horrible thing to say? Regardless of what you personally think about Perry, he is a human being. He has family and friends who love him dearly and are now without that person in their lives. Is it too much to ask Brennan, who hosts “Misery Loves Company,” a podcast that most people have probably never heard of, to be a decent human being?
Here’s more from the DW:
The 63-year-old comedian hosts the “Misery Loves Company” podcast and seems to be reveling in all the negative attention. He posted to X on Sunday, writing, “Am I trending yet?”
Perry’s fans denounced Brennan’s remarks.
“Matthew Perry will be remembered and loved. No one will notice when you’re gone,” one account posted.
“It’s really sad when someone takes a tragedy and tries to gain popularity from it,” another observed.
“This man is mourned because he made us all laugh. Something clearly no one will say the same for you when it’s your time,” another agreed.
Brennan is the older brother of Neal Brennan, comedian and co-creator of “Chappelle’s Show.”
Perry was found dead at his home on Saturday by first responders who were answering a call for a possible cardiac arrest. While the actor had a decent film career, he is most notably remembered for playing the role of Chandler Bing on “Friends” between 1994 and 2004.
A little over a year ago, Perry released a book about his life called, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.” A lot of the tome focused on the actor’s struggle with drugs and alcohol, along with a near-death experience. In the memoir, he revealed he spent a whopping $9 million on rehab programs to try and kick his bad habits. He stated that he had 15 stints in rehab, along with a whopping 14 surgeries to repair damage he sustained from his drug abuse.
Perry said he has been sober since May 2021.
There is, as of this writing, no cause of death revealed.
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