Conservative Comedian “Wins Internet” With Texas Shooting Joke

Evan Sayet — Michael Schwartz / Getty
May 04, 2015 at 3:03 PM ET

Twitter users erupted with glee after a conservative comedian offered a joke about the weekend attack in Garland, Texas, that left two Muslim gunmen dead.

Evan Sayet, whose schtick lampoons liberals and whose fans include right-wing heavyweights Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, jumped on social media Sunday night to joke about the deadly attack at a event featuring cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. On Monday, authorities identified the gunmen as Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, a pair of Muslim roommates from Phoenix, Arizona. Both were killed in the attack, and a security guard at the center where the event was being held was wounded.

The one-liner was an instant hit among some audiences:

Seizing the moment, Sayet took the opportunity to promote his upcoming comedy tour.

Some people on Twitter, however, were not in stitches. They found the joke about the tragedy tasteless.

Vocativ reached out to Sayet for comment. He did not respond.