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VIDEO: Rob O’Neill, the SEAL who killed Bin Laden, tries stand-up comedy with David Spade

Robert J. O'Neill speaking at the 2018 CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Released)
September 26, 2019

Rob O’Neill, the SEAL Team 6 member who killed Osama Bin Laden, took a shot at stand-up comedy recently . . . sort of.

Appearing on Comedy Central’s “Light’s Out with David Spade” on Monday night, O’Neill took to the stage to deliver a handful of jokes to an audience at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to the audience, O’Neill was wearing a hidden earpiece, allowing veteran comedians David Spade and Whitney Cummings to feed him lines during the show’s “Secret Stand Up Set” segment.

His jokes naturally included subjects like 9/11 and killing Bin Laden.

“Now, I did shoot Bin Laden because I was ordered to,” O’Neill said. “I shot him a second time because I’m so tired of taking my shoes off at the f*cking airport.”

O’Neill, who described himself as the Beyoncé of Seal Team 6, is typically more serious in his usual media comments and social media like Twitter, where he oftentimes gives his take on foreign policy or military-related issues.

His latest showing revealed a less serious side to his followers, suggesting he can take and even give jokes about some of the most tragic subjects underlying his service, like the 9/11 terrorist attacks and having to kill enemy combatants during his time as a Navy SEAL.

“My favorite thing about killing Osama Bin Laden, though, is it’s finally ended all the wars in the Middle East,” he joked. “Everyone remembers their big break. Mine was 9/11.”

In O’Neill’s more humble past statements, he credited the killing of Bin Laden to the hard work and professionalism of not only SEAL Team 6, but Air Crews and U.S. Army Rangers who supported the mission.

“It was never going to be me, I was never going to be a part of that mission. He was just a ghost,” O’Neill said in a Fox News interview. “Just to get to that spot, delivered by the pilots […] and to get into that position in the last room because of teammates in front of me.”

O’Neill said it was an honor even to be on the team that carried out the Bin Laden mission.

Universal Studios recently acquired the film rights to O’Neill’s biography “The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior.”

The studio, along with Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, will produce and distribute the movie, which will focus on O’Neill’s life and personal moments leading up to the Bin Laden mission, as opposed to the entire SEAL Team 6, largely covered by the 2012 film “Zero Dark Thirty.”