Bill Burr

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Bill Burr
Bill Burr by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Burr at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Birth nameWilliam Frederick Burr
Born (1968-06-10) June 10, 1968 (age 52)
Canton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • film
  • television
  • radio
  • podcasting
Years active1992–present
Genres
Subject(s)
Spouse
Nia Hill
(
m. 2013)
Children2
WebsiteOfficial website

William Frederick Burr (born June 10, 1968) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and podcaster. Outside of stand-up, he is known for creating and starring in the Netflix animated sitcom F Is for Family (2015–present), playing Patrick Kuby in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad (2008–2013), and co-founding the All Things Comedy network. He has hosted the twice-weekly comedy podcast, titled The Monday Morning Podcast, since May 2007.

Early life[edit]

William Frederick Burr[1][2] was born on June 10, 1968,[3] in Canton, Massachusetts,[4] the son of nurse Linda Ann (née Wigent) and dentist Robert Edmund Burr, he has 4 brothers and 1 sister[5] and is of mostly Irish descent with some German ancestry.[6] He graduated from high school in 1987.[7] In 1993, he obtained a bachelor's degree in radio from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.[3][8] He worked in warehouses before starting his comedy career, later stating that he enjoyed the freedom of the job: "If my boss gave me a rough time, I could just get on a forklift and just, like, drive away."[9]

Career[edit]

All Things Comedy was co-founded by Burr

Burr's comedy career began in 1992.[10] He moved to New York City in 1994.[3] Since May 2007, Burr has recorded a weekly one-hour podcast, Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast, in which he speaks about his experiences, current events, going on tour, and sports, and offers advice to questions submitted by the listeners. The podcast is available on Burr's website and on the All Things Comedy network. He is sometimes joined by his wife Nia and has featured guests and interviews with other comedians.[11] Burr premiered a new podcast co-hosted with fellow comedian Bert Kreischer, called the Bill Bert Podcast, in October 2019.

Burr also appears as a guest on radio shows and other comedians' podcasts, such as Opie and Anthony, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, The Adam Carolla Show,[12] The Joe Rogan Experience,[13][14] WTF with Marc Maron,[15] The Nerdist Podcast,[16] The Adam Buxton Podcast, and Nobody Likes Onions.[17][18] Burr was also the first guest on Tom Green's podcast. On April 18, 2011, he guest hosted the Hollywood Babble-On podcast alongside Ralph Garman.[19]

Burr on stage in August 2006

In 2008, Burr's voice was featured in the game Grand Theft Auto IV as Jason Michaels of the biker gang The Lost MC in the mission "No Love Lost". In 2009, he reprised his role in the game's expansion pack The Lost and Damned.

Burr's first hourlong special, Why Do I Do This? (2008), was filmed in New York.[20] Burr's special Let it Go was recorded at The Fillmore in San Francisco and premiered on Comedy Central on September 18, 2010. A later special, You People Are All The Same, premiered in 2012 as a Netflix exclusive.[21] In 2014, Burr filmed his fourth hourlong special I'm Sorry You Feel That Way at the Tabernacle Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. Unusually for modern comedy specials, the film was shot in black and white. He was a regular on Chappelle's Show.

Burr has been referred to as a "comedian's comedian" by observers of the American stand-up comedy circuit.[22][23] Burr appeared in the movie Date Night as Detective Walsh. He has also appeared in the fourth and fifth seasons of AMC's Breaking Bad as Patrick Kuby.[24] He played Mark Mullins in the 2013 buddy cop film The Heat.

He stars as the voice of Frank Murphy in F Is for Family, which premiered on Netflix on December 18, 2015. The show, an animated sitcom, draws on Burr's stand-up and the absurdity of political correctness. Season 4 of the animated series debuts on Netflix on June 12, 2020.[25] Burr writes and executive produces the series along with Michael Price.[26] Burr's fifth hour-long special, Bill Burr: Walk Your Way Out, debuted on Netflix on January 31, 2017. He appeared in the third episode (titled "Bill Burr") of the second season of the HBO series Crashing.[27]

Burr's sixth hourlong special, Bill Burr: Paper Tiger, debuted on Netflix on September 10, 2019. In December 2019, he portrayed the character Mayfeld in the sixth episode of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian.

Style[edit]

Rolling Stone magazine called Burr "the undisputed heavyweight champ of rage-fueled humor".[28] Burr often portrays himself as "that loud guy in the bar" with "uninformed logic".[29] In an interview with The Boston Globe, Burr stated, "I'm the 'dude, bro' guy."[4] According to the Montreal Gazette, Burr is "a cynic and a contrarian who has never paid any heed to political correctness".[30] The New York Times in 2013 called Burr "one of the funniest, most distinctive voices in the country for years".[31] In a 2016 interview with The Kansas City Star, Burr said of his standup approach, "There’s a certain laugh that goes beyond just, 'Oh, you said something funny.' It's when they're really relating to what you're saying. There are three different top-shelf laughs: There's one where they're relating to you, there's one where they appreciate the ride you just took them on and then there's the laugh of 'This guy’s out of his mind.' Everything else sounds like a chuckle, and I feel like I have to do better."[32]

Burr cites Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Sam Kinison and Patrice O'Neal as his comedic influences.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Burr married Nia Hill in 2013.[29][34] Their daughter, Lola,[35] was born on January 20, 2017.[36] They also have a son, born in June 2020.[37] They reside in Los Angeles.[6][31] Hill sometimes appears as a guest on Burr's podcast.[3]

Burr is a licensed helicopter pilot.[38] In his spare time, Burr plays the drums[39] He enjoys Heavy Metal music [40][41] and is a fan of AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin, he often cites the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham as his inspiration for drumming, he also enjoys cigars.[42]

Burr voted for Green Party candidate Ralph Nader in the 2000 United States presidential election.[43]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Perfect Fit Guardian of the Door Credited as Billy Burr
2002 Passionada Blackjack Player
2007 Twisted Fortune
2010 Date Night Detective Walsh
2011 Cheat Billy Short film
2012 Stand Up Guys Larry
2013 The Heat Mark Mullins
2014 Walk of Shame Officer Walter
2014 Zombeavers Joseph
2014 Black or White Rick Reynolds
2015 Daddy's Home Jerry
2017 Daddy's Home 2
2018 The Front Runner Pete Murphy
2020 The King of Staten Island Ray Bishop
TBA The Opening Act Barry Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Townies Ryan Callahan 15 episodes
Credited as Billy Burr
1998 Two Guys and a Girl Fitzey Episode: "Two Guys, a Girl and a Party"
Credited as Billy Burr
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jogger Episode: "Maledictus"
2004 Chappelle's Show Various Characters 3 episodes
2006 Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza Himself; also writer 1 episode
2011–2013 Breaking Bad Patrick Kuby 5 episodes
2013–2016 New Girl Bobby 2 episodes
2014 Maron Himself Episode: "The Joke"
2014 Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Himself Episode: Smoking Past the Band
2014–2015 Kroll Show Detective Smart 6 episodes
2015 The Jim Gaffigan Show Himself Episode: "My Friend the Priest"
2015–present F Is for Family Frank Murphy (voice) Creator; also writer
36 episodes
2016 The Simpsons Boston Football Fan (voice) Episode: "The Town"
2018 Crashing Himself Episode: "Bill Burr"
2018 I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman Himself Episode: "S1 E14 - 9/27/18"
2019 The Mandalorian Mayfeld Episode: "Chapter 6: The Prisoner"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Jason Michaels (voice)
2009 Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned Jason Michaels (voice)

Comedy albums and specials[edit]

Year Title Notes
2003 Emotionally Unavailable CD release
2003 Comedy Central Presents Stand-up half hour
2005 One Night Stand Stand-up half hour
2008 Why Do I Do This? First stand-up special
2010 Let It Go Second stand-up special
2011 Live At Andrew's House Limited vinyl release
2012 You People Are All the Same Third stand-up special
2014 I'm Sorry You Feel That Way Fourth stand-up special
2017 Walk Your Way Out Fifth stand-up special
2019 Paper Tiger Sixth stand-up special

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