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'Why Can't I Hangout Late Because Somebody Died': Hannibal Buress Slams Lockout Laws

The US media star doesn't think much of Sydney's nightlife laws.

02/12/2016 11:36 AM AEDT | Updated 02/12/2016 3:58 PM AEDT
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He's not a Sydney local, but Hannibal Buress has strong views the city's lockout laws.

US comedian Hannibal Buress has slammed Sydney's controversial lockout laws during a performance as part of his Australian stand-up tour.

The Emmy-nominated actor and star of the Comedy Central hit Broad City, who has already taken to Twitter to make his feelings about the lockout laws known, doubled down while on stage this week.

Buress, who this week spruiked his Hannibal Montanabal Experience show in a high profile appearance on The Project, hit out at the laws as part of his act.

In a video posted to Vimeo by Pedestrian.tv, Buress recounts a frustrating night out in Sydney, which he puts down to the polarising laws.

"I didn't even know about that shit until a couple of days ago, that shit sucks," he tells the audience to laughter. "It really put a dampener on that Sydney versus Melbourne debate, you've been losing that one for a while."

He also got some mileage out of a frustrating encounter with a Sydney bouncer, before saying it was unfair he couldn't party late into the night just because "somebody died".

Hannibal Buress Lays Into Sydney's Lockout Laws from PEDESTRIAN.TV on Vimeo.

"Some people got punched too hard and then they died? Well people die, that's the cost of doing business baby," Buress tells the crowd at one point.

"Sometimes people die, why can't I hangout late because somebody died."

The measures Buress is railing against include a 1.30am lockout at nightspots and 3am "last drinks" in the city. They were introduced in March 2014 after a string of violent alcohol-related assaults around the Sydney CBD, including the one-punch deaths of teenagers Thomas Kelly and Daniel Christie.

Buress has been praised by some media outlets for his stance, but his comments are unlikely to be welcomed by police, doctors and the families of one-punch victims who have been vocal supporters of the laws and who say research backs up their position.

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