Bill Burr

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Bill Burr
Bill Bill 2008.jpg
Burr in July 2008
Birth name William Frederick Burr
Born (1968-06-10) June 10, 1968 (age 47)
Canton, Massachusetts, United States
Medium Stand-up
Years active 1992–present
Genres Observational comedy, black comedy, satire
Subject(s) Dating, self-deprecation, race relations, political correctness, gender equality, professional sports, religion, climate change
Spouse Nia Hill (m. 2013)

William Frederick "Bill" Burr (born June 10, 1968)[1] is an American comedian, writer, and actor. He is best known for his stand-up comedy specials. He is also known for being the host of Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast and playing Patrick Kuby in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad. In 2013, The New York Times wrote that Burr "has been one of the funniest, most distinctive voices in the country for years".[2]

Early life[edit]

Burr was born in Canton, Massachusetts,[3] to white-collar[4] parents of German and Irish descent.[5][6] His father is a dentist.[4] Burr obtained a bachelor's degree in radio[1] from Emerson College in 1993.[7] Before starting his comedy career, he worked in warehouses because "if [his] boss gave [him] a rough time, [he] could just get on a forklift and just, like, drive away".[8]


Burr performing at the Anti Social Comedy tour at The Borgata in Atlantic City in January 2011.

Burr's career began in 1992.[9] He moved to New York City in 1995.[1]

Since May 2007, Burr has recorded a weekly one-hour podcast, Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast, in which he speaks about his past and recent 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 Hill, and has featured guests and interviews with other comedians.

Burr also appears as a guest on radio shows and other comedians' podcasts, such as the now defunct Opie and Anthony Show, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, The Adam Carolla Show,[10] Joe Rogan Experience,[11][12] WTF with Marc Maron,[13] The Nerdist Podcast,[14] and Nobody Likes Onions.[15][16] Burr was also the very first guest on Tom Green's podcast. On April 18, 2011, he guest hosted the Hollywood Babble-On podcast alongside Ralph Garman.[17]

In 2008, Burr's voice was featured in the game Grand Theft Auto IV. In the game, Bill plays 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 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.[18]

Burr has been referred to as a "comedian's comedian" by observers of the US stand-up comedy circuit, meaning a comedian whose work is followed and appreciated by fellow professional comedians.[19][20] 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.[21] He played Mark Mullins in the 2013 buddy cop film The Heat.

Burr will star in F Is for Family premiering on December 18, 2015 on Netflix. The show, an animated sitcom, will be based around Burr's standup and the absurdity of political correctness. Burr will write and executive produce the series along with Michael Price.[22]


Rolling Stone magazine called Burr "the undisputed heavyweight champ of rage-fueled humor".[23] Burr often portrays himself as "that loud guy in the bar" with "uninformed logic".[6] In an interview with the The Boston Globe, Burr stated, "I'm the 'dude, bro' guy."[3] According to Montreal Gazette, "Burr is a cynic and a contrarian who has never paid any heed to political correctness."[24]

Notable Incidents[edit]


September 9th 2006, there was a show for the Opie and Anthony Travelling Virus Tour in Philadelphia featuring several different comedians, including Bill Burr. Prior to his set, he had witnessed several previous comedians, including friends of his, being booed by a hostile audience. So, when it is his time to perform, he opens with an insult to the entire city of Philadelphia. Upon being booed himself, Burr decides to abandon his rehearsed material and spends the entire 12 minutes of his time slot insulting the city and its citizens. Throughout the tirade, he demonstrates his knowledge of the city with references to many historic sporting events, public figures and stereotypes. At one point, Burr chides the city for having more reverence for a mythical sports figure (Rocky) than to a real-life sports figure (Joe Frazier), who happens to be black. At various other points during the performance, Burr references the time remaining that the audience is going to have to endure his invective. During the rant, which was captured on video, the boos can be heard turning to cheers as the audience, despite the insults, seem to appreciate the wit and cleverness Burr displays.

Personal life[edit]

Burr married his longtime girlfriend, producer and screenwriter Nia Renee Hill, in 2013.[6] She sometimes appears as a guest on Burr's podcast.[1] They reside in Los Angeles, California.[2][5]

Burr's brother, Robert, is a selectman and was briefly a candidate to fill Massachusetts' vacant seat in the United States Senate after Ted Kennedy's death in 2009.[25][26]

As of May 2015, Burr is a licensed helicopter pilot.[27]


  • Emotionally Unavailable (2003) [CD]
  • Emotionally Unavailable: Expanded Edition (2007) [CD]
  • Why Do I Do This? (2008) [CD/DVD/Netflix]
  • Let It Go (2010) [CD/DVD/Netflix]
  • You People Are All The Same (2012) [Netflix and download]
  • Live at Andrew's House (2014) [limited vinyl release]
  • I'm Sorry You Feel That Way (2014) [Netflix]



  1. ^ a b c d Bromley, Patrick. "Bill Burr - Biography". 
  2. ^ a b Zinoman, Jason (November 7, 2013). "This Guy’s No Puppy Hugger: Bill Burr’s Irate Comedy Style". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b Sullivan, James (May 10, 2015). "Bill Burr pulls no punches at Wilbur". The Boston Globe. 
  4. ^ a b McManus, Brian (April 6, 2011). "Bill (Burr) of Rights". Philadelphia Weekly. 
  5. ^ a b Zaino III, Nick A. (May 7, 2015). "Bill Burr makes fearlessness fun". The Boston Globe. 
  6. ^ a b c Richardson, Jay (December 2, 2013). "Bill Burr: Breaking out of stereotype". The Scotsman. 
  7. ^ "Bill Burr '93 clowns with student crowd". March 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "BILL BURR: WORKING IN THE WAREHOUSE". Comedy Central. 
  9. ^ "Dom Irrera Live from The Laugh Factory with Bill Burr". Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Adam Carolla Show, Aug 8, 2011. Bill Burr". Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  11. ^ "PODCAST #26 " The Joe Rogan Experience". Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  12. ^ "PODCAST #91 " The Joe Rogan Experience". Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast – Episode 37 – Bill Burr". Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Nerdist Podcast #24: Bill Burr " Nerdist". Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  15. ^ "NLO 695: The Bill Burr Diet". Nobody Likes Onions. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  16. ^ "NLO 709: Burrned". Nobody Likes Onions. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Hollywood Babble-On #29". April 18, 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  18. ^ L. Ray, Austin. "Bill Burr You People Are All the Same special review". The Spit Take. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  19. ^ Matt Wild (April 20, 2011). "Bill Burr – A day in the life of a working comedian". Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  20. ^ Dave Coffey (December 1, 2011). "Comedian Bill Burr to perform at Calvin Theatre tonight". Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Q&A – Bill Burr (Kuby)". Breaking Bad blog at AMC. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  22. ^ "F is for Family: Original, Animated Series From Bill Burr Coming Exclusively to Netflix". PR Newswire. October 23, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  23. ^ Chocano, Carina (October 30, 2013). "Bill Burr Is the New Louis C.K.". Rolling Stone. 
  24. ^ Brownstein, Bill (March 31, 2015). "Bruins fan Bill Burr leads comics heading to Just for Laughs in July". Montreal Gazette. 
  25. ^ Schworm, Peter (September 7, 2009). "Canton selectman joins race for Senate". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 21, 2009. 
  26. ^ Estes, Andrea (October 19, 2009). "Capuano winning the drop-out vote". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  27. ^ Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast, May 2015

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