Baleful BRAD PITT's bombshell confession!

Onstage, Brad recalled his first night in New York City more than 25 years ago before the New York Film Critics at the Crimson Club where he garnered a couple of awards for Best Actor.

The NY Daily News reported that back in 1989, Pitt stayed at a pals’s pad on predominantly gay Christopher St in Greenwich Village, where “my first impression of the city was, ‘My God, there’s a lot of guys around here!”

“But they’re so nice!’ ”

After the crowd, including Meryl Streep and Kevin Spacey, stopped chuckling, Pitt kept going.

 “This is a real pleasure for me to see some of the faces behind the formidable names that instill such fear and reverence in the film industry,” he said.

“Although I thought you’d be taller.”

Brad took his shtick to the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. the following night for a special screening of his partner-in-parenting ANGELINA JOLIE’s Bosnian war romance flick.