Comedian Jim Gaffigan made a joke during the World Meeting of Families celebration on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Saturday night, referencing the 1968 incident in which Philadelphians threw snow balls at Santa Claus, aka Frank Olivo (who passed away earlier this year).
“Philadelphia really stepping up. An amazing event they’re hosting here and you know, Philadelphia loves the Pope. It’s amazing," Gaffigan said. "I wasn’t worried that Philadelphia wasn’t going to love the Pope, but let’s just say Philadelphia was not too nice to Santa Claus. So….are they booing me or Santa Claus? The Santa Claus…it stays. There’s still problems with Santa Claus.”
Gaffigan took the stage as Pope Francis was parading through Center City.
It did not go over well with Philadelphians.
Philadelphians booed Jim Gaffigan after he made a joke about throwing snowballs at Santa Claus. #PopeInPhilly
— Dan McQuade (@dhm) September 26, 2015
Comedian Jim Gaffigan, after dredging up Philly's Santa-snowball incident at Parkway show. Are they booing me or Santa Claus? It's you dude.
— jim walsh (@jimwalsh_cp) September 26, 2015
Ummm love Jim Gaffigan, buuuut bombed using “We booed Santa Clause" material. #PopeInPhilly
— Marc Farzetta (@MarcFarzetta) September 26, 2015
Boos as comedian Jim Gaffigan make Santa Clause joke at Papal festival in Philadelphia.
— Alan Rappeport (@arappeport) September 26, 2015
Perhaps, that sentiment invaded the rest of the set:
— Warren C. Lipka (@Wclitka) September 26, 2015