Comedian Bill Burr Defends Scientology, Asks 'Where Are the Bodies'

Comedian Bill Burr has lashed out at critics of Scientology for giving the religion "more s**t than it deserves."

Burr defended Scientology during the latest episode of his Monday Morning Podcast. The comedian made the remarks while speaking about a recent trip to Sacramento, California—a city that he noted had "a bad reputation" before recalling walking by two bail bonds offices and a Scientology building within three blocks of one another.

"Scientology, I don't know, am I outta my mind? I feel like it gets more s**t than it deserves," Burr said before asking his audience what they would "do if you found out I secretly joined," followed by laughter.

"No, I think it gets more s**t than it deserves," he continued. "You know, for as f**ked up as they say it is, for as cult-y as it is, I got one question: Where are the bodies? Where are they?"

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Comedian Bill Burr said that the Church of Scientology "gets more s**t than it deserves" during his podcast on Monday. Burr is pictured during a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 19, 2022. Adam Glanzman/Getty

Burr went on to compare the alleged transgressions of Scientology—which critics have accused of intimidation, harassment and fraud, among other claims—and the history of the Catholic Church that he was raised in.

"As a former Catholic, I mean we got bodies stacked up," he said. "We got pedophilia, we got torture, we have crusades. What do they got? Little mind control? [A] couple of f**king disgruntled sitcom stars?"

The comedian also compared critics of Scientology to those who are "trashing Russia" for launching its invasion on Ukraine without considering unrelated military actions taken by other "powerful" nations.

"I just don't see—I don't see it," said Burr. "It's like people trashing Russia: 'Can you believe they invaded that country?' Yeah, that's what powerful countries do, you haven't noticed that?"

"Don't you see a similarity in what they're doing and possibly, maybe another country that you might know a little better might have done?" he added. "I'm not condoning any of that, by the way."

Scientology was founded in the 1950s by science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard. The church has been under fire in recent years following highly publicized criticism from former members like actress Leah Remini, whose Emmy-winning documentary series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath ran for three seasons on A&E.

During Burr's 2014 Netflix stand-up special I'm Sorry You Feel That Way, the comedian said that he thought Scientology was "the dumbest s**t I have ever heard in my life" when he first heard about it, before later coming to the conclusion that his own religious beliefs also did not make "sense."

Newsweek reached out to Burr's publicist for comment.