New Jersey comedian Mick Kirkland has called for a boycott of the remaining dates on his east coast comedy tour. Kirkland is still incensed over a self-deprecating joke that he made about his own weight.
“I was attempting to make fun of myself by comparing my shape to that of a walrus. It really killed with the audience, but once I got to thinking about it…and seeing everyone laughing at me…it really hurt. I definitely crossed the line and I was not fair. I shouldn’t have said that about myself. I don’t know that much about myself. I could have some kind of medical condition that makes it hard for me to lose weight. I could just have a lot of kids and be just plain busy. I don’t know me! It’s really disgusting what I did, and I won’t stand for it.
It doesn’t matter who you are. Making jokes about people’s weight is never appropriate. It’s never funny to say hurtful things like that. I just hope I catch myself before I start making jokes about my own mixed Irish-English heritage.”
Kirkland’s comedy tour visits several venues from Massachusetts to North Carolina and runs until May 7th.