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15Beavis and Butt-Head – “Comedians”

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MTV staple Beavis and Butt-Head brought some of the raunchiest and dumbest frat boy humor to the music channel (you know, back when MTV still played music videos). One of many popular original shows on the channel back in the 1990s, Beavis and Butt-Head continued to push boundaries when it

came to its humor.

During the episode “Comedians”, the two friends attempted a career as stand-up comedians but failed at it. Afterward, they decided to set the comedy club on fire and watched it burn from across the street. Not too bad of an episode based on its content alone. Unfortunately, this was an instance when fiction turned into reality.

According to a New York Times article, a “5-year-old, Austin Messner, watched a segment in which the characters said fire was fun, Chief Sigler said, and, according to the mother, right after that she caught him playing with matches."Later that evening, he set fire to their home, killing his younger sister. At that point, the episode was removed from the channel.

There was a second attempt to air it after heavy editing, but it was eventually pulled for good. The episode has only aired one time in its entirety.

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