Hannibal Buress

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Hannibal Buress
Buress at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn
Born (1983-02-04) February 4, 1983 (age 33)
Chicago, Illinois[1]
Medium Stand-up, radio, television, webcast
Nationality American
Influences George Carlin
Notable works and roles 30 Rock, The Eric André Show, Broad City
Website HannibalBuress.com

Hannibal Buress (born February 4, 1983)[2] is an American stand-up comedian,[3] actor, and television writer. He lives in New York City.[4] He is the host of Why? with Hannibal Buress, which premiered on Comedy Central on July 8, 2015. He also plays Lincoln Rice in the Comedy Central series Broad City and serves as a sidekick to Eric André on The Eric Andre Show.

Life and career[edit]

Hannibal Buress performing in Chicago in 2009

A native of the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, Buress was named after the Carthaginian military commander Hannibal Barca.[5] After attending Steinmetz High School, he briefly attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he became friends with Open Mike Eagle, his resident adviser at the time.[6]

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 routine and aftermath[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]




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


Personal life[edit]

Buress is not religious. He lives in New York. He said in an interview with Comedy Central that he's a Democrat, stating: "love them Democrats."


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

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[25]
2010 Saturday Night Live Emmy Award Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series Nominated[26]
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[27]
2012 Stand-up routine American Comedy Award Comedy Central Best Club Comic Won[28][29][30]


  1. ^ Fishman, Elly. "Is Hannibal Buress the Funniest Man Alive?". Chicago Magazine. Chicago Tribune Media Group. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Raghav Mehta (February 4, 2013). "Interview: Hannibal Buress". vita.mn. 
  3. ^ NPR Staff (September 12, 2013). "Hannibal Buress And The Comedy Of The Unexpected". NPR. 
  4. ^ "Hannibal Buress". Hannibalhannibal.tumblr.com. 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Comedian Hannibal Buress' star is rising". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "BA #064:'Open' Mike Eagle". Box Angeles podcast. 
  7. ^ Evans, Bradford (9 October 2013). "Talking to Hannibal Buress About 'The Eric Andre Show', His Comedy Central Pilot, and 'Broad City'". Splitsider. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Heisler, Steve (13 July 2010). "10 Comics to Watch: Hannibal Buress". Variety. Retrieved 29 October 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 11 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Chai, Barbara (5 March 2012). "Scenes from the Secret Policeman's Ball". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Comedy at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn with Hannibal Buress Stand Up". Comedyattheknittingfactory.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  15. ^ Sarkis, Christian (2014-09-29). "Photos: Aziz Ansari Wells Fargo Center | Ticket". Phillymag.com. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  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 21 February 2015. 
  23. ^ "Barbara Bowman reveals her years of rape at hands of Bill Cosby – Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  24. ^ Shaw, Maureen. "13 Women Have Accused Bill Cosby Of Rape – So Why Has America Forgiven Him?". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  25. ^ 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. 
  26. ^ 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. 
  27. ^ 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. 
  28. ^ 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. 
  29. ^ 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. 
  30. ^ "Hannibal Buress". Carolines on Broadway. 2014. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 

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