Buress in July 2012
Hannibal Amir Buress|
February 4, 1983
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Residence||Wicker Park, Illinois, U.S.|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer, producer|
|Medium||Stand-up comedy, film, television|
|Genres||Observational comedy, black comedy, blue comedy, satire, surreal humour|
|Subject(s)||African-American culture, American politics, current events, everyday life, human sexuality, pop culture, race relations, racism, religion, self-deprecation|
Hannibal Amir Buress (//; born February 4, 1983) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, activist, writer, and producer. He embarked on a comedy career in late 2009, gaining recognition after being featured in Comedy Central's The Awkward Comedy Show. This enabled him to release his first comedy album, My Name is Hannibal. He has co-starred on Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show since 2012 and featured on Comedy Central's Broad City since 2014.
Buress was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 4, 1983, the son of teacher Margaret and Union Pacific Railroad employee John Burress. He was raised in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. He was named after Carthaginian General Hannibal Barca, and has told stories in his stand-up act about his name causing women to turn him down because of its association with fictional cannibal Hannibal Lecter. After attending Steinmetz College Prep, he attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale but did not graduate, where he became friends with hip hop artist Open Mike Eagle, his RA at the time.
Buress began his stand-up career at an open mic in 2002. He has been featured in The Awkward Comedy Show special on Comedy Central, and alongside comics Baron Vaughn, Eric André, Marina Franklin, and Victor Varnado, and on the FX sitcom Louie. He currently co-stars as Eric Andre's sidekick on The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim. In July 2010, Buress made Variety magazine's "Ten Comics to Watch in 2010" list.
His first stand-up comedy album My Name is Hannibal was released on July 27, 2010.
Buress was a writer on Saturday Night Live from 2009 to 2010. He left having had only one of his sketches aired. In September 2010, he began writing for the fifth season of the NBC comedy series 30 Rock. He quit after six months.
He released his second album, Animal Furnace, in 2012, which also aired as a special on Comedy Central. The album received positive reviews.
His stand-up comedy has been featured on Comedy Central programs such as Live at Gotham and John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show. He has also performed on several late night talkshows such as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Lopez Tonight, Russell Howard's Good News, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, and Conan. Additionally, he performed a set at the 2012 Secret Policeman's Ball at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
An hourlong Comedy Central show, Hannibal Buress Live from Chicago, aired on March 29, 2014.
Bill Cosby routine
On October 16, 2014, at the Philadelphia club The Trocadero, Buress was recorded doing an extended routine about existing rape allegations against comedian Bill Cosby. Buress addressed Cosby's legacy of "talk[ing] down" to young black men about their style of dress and lifestyle. Buress criticized the actor's public moralizing by saying, "Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby, so that kind of brings you down a couple notches." The audience appeared to respond to Buress's accusation with incredulity; he encouraged everyone to search for "Bill Cosby rape" when they got home.
Buress had been doing the same Cosby routine for the previous six months with little response, but the October performance went viral after being posted on Philadelphia magazine's website. A media firestorm ensued, with numerous publications tackling the question of how Cosby had managed to maintain, as Buress called it in his set, a "Teflon image" despite more than a decade of public sex-abuse accusations.
Comedian Eddie Murphy later referenced Buress's role in the allegations coming to light while impersonating Cosby during his 2015 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor acceptance speech, mockingly playing Cosby as threatening Buress's life. (Cosby himself won the Twain Prize in 2009, after having refused it twice.)
In December 2017, Buress was arrested in Miami for disorderly intoxication. Bystander footage of the arrest showed Buress mocking the police officers and demanding to know why he was being arrested. The arrest report revealed that Buress was detained because he approached the police officers and would not stop asking them to call an Uber for him. Buress later stated, "I asked the [officer] to call me an Uber, and he said, 'No.' He told me to leave the street. I go into this bar to get a phone charger for an Uber. He follows me into the bar, and told me I'm too drunk to go inside. [...] 'If I can't be on the street, where do you want me to be?' I ask him. I was in a state of trying to get home. [...] I don't really believe I was at fault."
|2011||Heart Break||Darryl||Short film|
|2012||Sleepwalk with Me||Hannibal||Uncredited|
|2013||The Kings of Summer||Bus Driver|
|2013||'Fester's Feast'||Milk Man|
|2014||The Begun of Tigtone||Seed Steed (voice)||Short film|
|2014||Are You Joking?||Kenny|
|2015||Band of Robbers||Ben Rogers|
|2016||Nerdland||Nerd King (voice)|
|2016||Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising||Officer Watkins|
|2016||The Angry Birds Movie||Edward the Birthday Dad (voice)|
|2016||The Nice Guys||Bumble|
|2016||Flock of Dudes||Pussypop|
|2016||The Secret Life of Pets||Buddy (voice)|
|2017||The Disaster Artist||Bill Meurer|
|2017||Baywatch||Dave the Tech|
|2017||Spider-Man: Homecoming||Coach Wilson|
|2019||The Secret Life of Pets 2||Buddy (voice)||In production|
|2009–2010||Saturday Night Live||Michael / Airplane Passenger||2 episodes|
|2010||Delocated||Comedian #2||Episode: "Kim's Krafts"|
|2010–2012||30 Rock||Hannibal / Bum / Homeless Guy / Gus||9 episodes|
|2012–present||The Eric Andre Show||Himself (co-host)||Also writer and producer|
|2012||8 Out of 10 Cats||Himself (guest / contestant)||Series 13, Episode 2 (4 May 2012)|
|2013||The Mindy Project||Derek||Episode: "Bunk Bed"|
|2013||Kroll Show||Basketball Player||Episode: "Dine & Dash"|
|2013||High Maintenance||Hannibal||Episode: "Jonathan"|
|2013||Bob's Burgers||Hefty Jeff (voice)||Episode: "My Big Fat Greek Bob"|
|2013–2015||Lucas Bros. Moving Co.||Momma Lucas (Voice)||7 episodes|
|2013–2015||China, IL||Matt Attack / DJ Don Jose / Street Troll (voice)||9 episodes|
|2014||Chozen||Crisco (voice)||10 episodes|
|2014–present||Broad City||Lincoln Rice||20 episodes|
|2015||The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber||Himself|
|2015||Why? with Hannibal Buress||Himself (host)||Also creator and executive producer|
|2015||The Jim Gaffigan Show||Himself||Episode: "Maria"|
|2016||Childrens Hospital||Himself||Episode: "Kids Hospital"|
|2016||Adventure Time||Flame Prince (voice)||Episode: "Five Short Tables"|
|2016||Easy||Jason||Episode: "Hop Dreams"|
|2016–2017||High Maintenance||Comedian||2 episodes|
|2017||Justice League Action||Mr. Terrific (voice)||2 episodes|
|2017||BoJack Horseman||Miles (voice)||Episode: "The Judge"|
|2013||Grand Theft Auto V||Himself on the FlyLo FM radio station|
- My Name is Hannibal (2010)
- Animal Furnace (2012)
- Live from Chicago (2014)
- Comedy Camisado (2016)
- Hannibal Takes Edinburgh (2016)
|"A Slow Death"||2013||itsTheReal, DJ Drama||Urbane Outfitters, Vol. 1|
|"Doug Stamper (Advice Raps)"||2014||Open Mike Eagle||Dark Comedy|
|"Get It Together"||2015||Serengeti||Kenny Dennis Flexi|
|"Intro"||Statik Selektah||Lucky 7|
|"Hannibal Interlude"||Lil Dicky||Professional Rapper|
|"Nothin' But Love"||BJ the Chicago Kid, Joey Badass||N/A|
|"All the Way"||2016||Jeremih, Chance the Rapper, King Louie||Merry Christmas Lil' Mama|
|"The Moonlanding"||2017||The Cool Kids||Special Edition Grandmaster Deluxe|
|"OhSh"||2018||Jean Grae, Quelle Chris||Everything's Fine|
Awards and nominations
|2007||Stand-up routine||Chicago's Funniest Person||Time Out Chicago||Chicago-based contest||Won|
|2010||Saturday Night Live||Emmy Award||Academy of Television Arts & Sciences||Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2011||Funny As Hell||Best Performance in a Hosted Stand-Up/Sketch Comedy Program or Series||Gemini Awards||Best Performance in a Hosted Stand-Up/Sketch Comedy Program or Series||Won|
|2012||30 Rock||Writers Guild of America Award||Writers Guild of America||Outstanding Achievement – Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2012||Stand-up routine||American Comedy Award||Comedy Central||Best Club Comic||Won|
|2014||The Eric Andre Show||Best Talk Show Host||Adult Swim||Best Talk Show Host||Won|
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