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Q&A with Comedian (and Spurs fan) Hannibal Buress

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Hannibal Buress is clawing his way to the top


Before he even dropped his debut album (2010’s My Name Is Hannibal), stand-up Hannibal Buress was called a comic to watch by the likes of Variety and Chris Rock. Without ever having written a sketch, Buress reportedly secured a writer’s gig on Saturday Night Live in 2009 because of a killer set on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Considering the SNL writers’ room (and then the 30 Rock writers’ room) could only distract Buress from his stand-up act for a single season, the clearest indicator of the power of Buress’ comedy comes from his performance material. To illustrate how quickly he’s ascended, the best-known bit from his first album is about saving jars of pickle juice to flavor his sandwiches. Four years later, his latest special—Live from Chicago, which aired on Comedy Central in March—features a story in which Buress meets Scarlett Johansson and finds out he’s one of her favorite comedians. Miraculously, he’s equally likable (and funny) delivering both. We caught Buress—who can currently be seen on The Eric Andre Show and in the recurring role of Lincoln on Broad City—on the phone in between appearances at Bonnaroo (where he led the crowd in a sing-along of R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly”) and Miami (where he recorded a series of Vine videos in a Spurs jersey following the NBA Finals).

 

How was Bonnaroo?

Bonnaroo was a lot of fun, man. One of the best possible experiences. ... I got to interview Danny Brown while driving a golf cart. … I got to get on stage and dance a little bit during Chance the Rapper. … I got to perform a lot and do a lot of different things, see a lot of great music. A lot of people there were on drugs and acting weird, moving their mouths all weird. It was a good time.

Live from Chicago featured a few bits with sound cues. Are you still experimenting with the traditional stand-up form?

I just like [to] see what I can do with comedy beyond just the standard stand-up—which I enjoy doing. … I like to incorporate music and sound and see what I can do with different light effects and stuff like that just to mess with it, use the space. I like talking and doing bare-bones comedy, but I enjoy stepping up the production if I can.

Do you have a specific impression of San Antonio?

I’ve only been to San Antonio once. I didn’t really get out and around that much when I was there. The people I met after my shows seemed really nice. Y’all got a good basketball team, and that’s the only major sport [there] so you guys are really passionate about that.

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