Former ‘SNL’ Writer-Comedian Kevin Brennan Faces Backlash For Insensitive Comments About Matthew Perry’s Passing


Former ‘SNL’ writer and comedian, Kevin Brennan, is under fire for a recent tweet mocking the passing of beloved actor Matthew Perry.

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Kevin Brennan faces backlash for his insensitive tweet mocking Matthew Perry’s death.

Kevin Brennan, who gained recognition through his work as a writer on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and as a rising comedian, took to Twitter following the news of Matthew Perry’s death and posted a highly insensitive message. He wrote, “DROWNED IN A HOT TUB. HAHAHAHA” while linking back to a news story about Perry’s passing.

Although the tweet did not reach a wide audience, with Kevin Brennan having only around 5,900 followers, those who did see it expressed their outrage in the comments, calling him out for making a joke out of a tragic event.

While Kevin Brennan’s relevance may have diminished since his early days in the ’90s and early 2000s, he still has a connection to mainstream Hollywood through his younger brother, Neal Brennan. Neal is the co-creator and writer of the acclaimed ‘Chappelle’s Show.’

However, it’s worth noting that Kevin and Neal Brennan are estranged, and their relationship has been a sensitive topic in recent interviews with Neal. As far as the public knows, Neal prefers to focus on his own work and has not publicly spoken about Perry or ‘Friends.’

Kevin Brennan, on the other hand, continues to involve himself in comedy-related discussions, often commenting on prominent comedians that Neal likely associates with. However, his crude remarks about Perry’s death have sparked significant backlash, showing a stark contrast in their personalities.

The insensitivity of Kevin’s remarks should not be attributed to Neal. Neal Brennan has forged a successful career as a writer for various shows and now has his own Netflix comedy special. Kevin, on the other hand, hosts a relatively obscure podcast and occasionally performs stand-up gigs.

In light of this controversy, Kevin Brennan has yet to receive a response from Neal. It remains to be seen how the situation will unfold and whether Kevin will face further repercussions for his insensitive comments.