Hannibal Buress

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Hannibal Buress
Buress performing in July 2012
Born (1983-02-04) February 4, 1983 (age 33)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer, producer
Years active 2009–present
Comedy career
Medium Stand-up, film, television
Genres Observational comedy, black humor, surreal humor, satire, self-deprecation
Subject(s) African-American culture, American politics, current events, everyday life, human sexuality, marriage, parenting, pop culture, race relations, racism, self-deprecation
Website HannibalBuress.com

Hannibal Buress (/ˈhænbəl ˈbʌrs/; born February 4, 1983)[1] is an American stand-up comedian,[2] actor, writer and producer. Born and raised in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, Buress embarked on a comedy career in late 2009, gaining notable recognition after being featured in Comedy Central's The Awkward Comedy Show, alongside various other comedians. This enabled Buress to release his first comedy album, My Name is Hannibal, in 2010.

After leaving Saturday Night Live as a writer due having a single sketch aired in a calendar year, Buress began writing for 30 Rock, receiving critical acclaim as a part of the writing team which culminated in an Emmy Award win. Despite only writing a single season for the show, Buress worked to release his second album, Animal Furnace, which eventually aired on Comedy Central in 2012. Following the critical and commercial success of Animal Furnace, Buress went onto feature in several specials for Comedy Central, as well as starring in Neighbors, The Secret Life of Pets, and Baywatch. Buress currently stars as Lincoln Rice in Broad City, as well as being a regular on the The Eric Andre Show.

Early life[edit]

Buress is a native of Chicago, Illinois,[3] who was raised in its Austin neighborhood, the son of Margaret, a teacher, and John Burress, who worked for Union Pacific Railroad.[4] He was named after the Carthaginian military commander Hannibal Barca.[5] After attending Steinmetz College Prep, he briefly attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he became a friend of hip hop artist Open Mike Eagle, his resident adviser at the time.[6]


Buress performing in 2009

Buress 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 with Eric André on The Eric André Show on Adult Swim.[7] In July 2010, Buress made Variety magazine's "Ten Comics to Watch in 2010" list.[8]

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.[9] He left having had only one of his sketches aired.[10] In September 2010, he began writing for the fifth season of the NBC comedy series 30 Rock.[11] He quit after six months.[10]

He released his second album, "Animal Furnace," in 2012, which also aired as a special on Comedy Central. The album and special received positive reviews.[12]

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.[13]

An hourlong Comedy Central show, Hannibal Buress Live from Chicago, aired on March 29, 2014.[10]

He used to host a weekly stand-up comedy show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday evenings.[14]

Bill Cosby comments[edit]

On October 16, 2014, at the Philadelphia club The Trocadero, Buress was video recorded doing an extended bit about existing rape allegations against comedian Bill Cosby.[15] Buress addressed Cosby's legacy of "talk[ing] down" to young black men about their mode 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 as an incredulous joke before he encouraged everyone to "Google 'Bill Cosby rape'" when they got home.[16]

Buress had been using the same Cosby routine for the previous six months with little response,[17] but the October performance went viral after being posted on Philadelphia magazine's website.[18][19] A media firestorm ensued, with numerous publications tackling the question of how Cosby had managed to maintain, as Buress called it in his routine, a "teflon image" despite more than a decade of public sex abuse accusations.[20][21][22][23][24]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in New York City.[25] He said in an interview with Comedy Central that he is a Democrat.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Heart Break Darryl Short film
2012 Sleepwalk with Me Hannibal Uncredited[26]
2013 The Kings of Summer Bus Driver
2014 Neighbors Officer Watkins
2014 The Begun of Tigtone Seed Steed (voice)
2014 Are You Joking? Kenny
2015 Band of Robbers Ben Rogers
2015 Daddy's Home Griff
2016 Nerdland Voice role
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)
2016 The Masterpiece Bill Meurer Post-production
2017 The Comedian Comedy Cellar host Post-production
2017 Baywatch Post-production
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Filming


Hannibal Buress performing at Time Out Chicago's "Chicago's Funniest Person" competition in 2007



  • 2010: My Name Is Hannibal
  • 2012: Animal Furnace
  • 2014: Live From Chicago
  • 2015: Comedy Camisado

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Organization Category Result
2007 Stand-up routine Chicago's Funniest Person Time Out Chicago Chicago-based contest Won[27]
2010 Saturday Night Live Emmy Award Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series Nominated[28]
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[29]
2012 Stand-up routine American Comedy Award Comedy Central Best Club Comic Won[30][31][32]


  1. ^ Raghav Mehta (February 4, 2013). "Interview: Hannibal Buress". vita.mn. 
  2. ^ NPR Staff (September 12, 2013). "Hannibal Buress And The Comedy Of The Unexpected". NPR. 
  3. ^ Fishman, Elly. "Is Hannibal Buress the Funniest Man Alive?". Chicago Magazine. Chicago Tribune Media Group. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/April-2014/Hannibal-Buress-Comedian/
  5. ^ "Comedian Hannibal Buress' star is rising". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ "BA #064:'Open' Mike Eagle". Box Angeles podcast. 
  7. ^ Evans, Bradford (October 9, 2013). "Talking to Hannibal Buress About 'The Eric Andre Show', His Comedy Central Pilot, and 'Broad City'". Splitsider. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ Heisler, Steve (July 13, 2010). "10 Comics to Watch: Hannibal Buress". Variety. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ Zinoman, Jason (November 3, 2011). "Off-Kilter, Laid-Back Stand-Up". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ a b c Fishman, Elly (2014). "Is Hannibal Buress the Funniest Man Alive?". Chicago magazine. 
  11. ^ Ulaby, Neda (June 27, 2011). "How A Serious Accusation Became A Commonplace Quip". NPR. 
  12. ^ L. Ray, Austin. "Hannibal Buress Animal Furnace DVD Review". The Spit Take. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ Chai, Barbara (March 5, 2012). "Scenes from the Secret Policeman's Ball". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Comedy at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn with Hannibal Buress Stand Up". Comedyattheknittingfactory.tumblr.com. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  15. ^ Sarkis, Christian (September 29, 2014). "Photos: Aziz Ansari Wells Fargo Center | Ticket". Phillymag.com. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  16. ^ McQuade, Dan (October 17, 2014). "Hannibal Buress on Bill Cosby: You're a Rapist". Phillymag.com. Philadelphia Magazine. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Who is Hannibal Buress, and why did he call Bill Cosby a "rapist"?". CBS News. November 18, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  18. ^ Giles, Matt; Jones, Nate (March 3, 2015). "A Timeline of the Abuse Charges Against Bill Cosby [Updated]". Vulture.com. New York. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  19. ^ Braxton, Greg (November 24, 2014). "Comic Hannibal Buress is low-key on his role in Bill Cosby firestorm". Latimes.com (The Los Angeles Times). Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Why Are Old Assault Claims Against Bill Cosby Back?". CBS News. November 17, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?". Washington Post. November 13, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  22. ^ Dayna Evans. "Actress Details Years of Alleged Rape and Manipulation by Bill Cosby". Gawker. Gawker Media. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Barbara Bowman reveals her years of rape at hands of Bill Cosby – Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  24. ^ Shaw, Maureen. "13 Women Have Accused Bill Cosby Of Rape – So Why Has America Forgiven Him?". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Hannibal Buress". Hannibalhannibal.tumblr.com. July 27, 2010. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  26. ^ Glazer, Eliot (August 29, 2012). "Meet All the Comedians in Sleepwalk With Me". Vulture.com. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  27. ^ McCormick, Moira (May 2, 2008). "Comedian Hannibal Buress is on his way". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  28. ^ Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (2014). "Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series – 2010". 62nd Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners (Emmys.com). Archived from the original on November 16, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  29. ^ Writers Guild of America (December 7, 2011). "2012 Writers Guild Awards Television, News, Radio, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America Awards 2012 (Wga.org). Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  30. ^ Matheson, Whitney (May 9, 2012). "Are you a Hannibal Buress fan yet?". USA Today. Archived from the original on June 26, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  31. ^ Fox, Jesse David (May 17, 2012). "Talking with Hannibal Buress About His Hour Special, 'The Eric Andre Show', and Enjoying the Moment". Splitsider. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  32. ^ "Hannibal Buress". Carolines on Broadway. 2014. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 

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