Steve Rannazzisi is known for being not only a well-respected comedian and actor from "The League", but now a snake of a liar because today he's admitted to faking a story during his time in New York; surviving the September 11th attack. For literally years now, Rannazzisi has been very outspoken about that fateful day in which he was working at Merill Lynch in the World Trade Center's South Tower when the North Tower was first struck. So much so, he says that shocking event is what led him to quit his 9 to 5 and pursue a career doing what he truly loved because he realized life was just too short.
Well apparently Rannazzisi was nowhere near the World Trade Center on that day but instead working in mid-town when both towers were struck.
In 2009, he told Marc Maron on his podcast “I was there and then the first tower got hit and we were like jostled all over the place," and in another interview, he admitted that he didn't want anyone to feel like he's cashing in on 9/11 by discussing his experience and that Merill Lynch gave him a nice severance package after leaving.
Only there is no record of Rannazzisi having worked at Merrill Lynch...ever. Also Merrill Lynch didn't even have offices in the Trade Center in 2001. Wow.
But why? Why would Rannazzisi lie so much about having been at ground zero during the 9/11 attacks? Well Rannazzisi blames his first telling of his story as being just a dumb kid and it had just snowballed from there, which I'm sure in some ways helped his career. Pretty great cocktail party story if you ask me, especially if you're looking to stand out from the rest of the crowd.
The best part is Pete Davidson who is a cast member on Saturday Night Live actually lost his father who was a New York Firefighter to the 9/11 attacks and is not letting Rannazzisi get away with his lies. Davidson went on the Opie Radio show today with Jim Norton to discuss the nature of Rannazzisi's fake story.
Well now Rannazzisi is asking for us all to forgive him for coming clean and to sweep his story under the rug, because apparently lying about surviving 9/11 for literally years shouldn't be that big of a deal, right? I don't think so. Personally, I've never watched The League and now certainly don't intend to. It's pretty despicable to blatantly lie about such a horrific tragedy for self gain, which let's face it, is all it was intended to do. No interviewer on earth would turn down a great story about surviving 9/11 such as Rannazzisi had retold to many, thus giving him another stepping stone to a better career. Awful.
Sorry Steve Rannazzisi, you're really just an asshole.