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While the transformation from comedy writer to standup comedian isn’t easy for most folks, Chicago-born and Brooklyn-based Hannibal Buress handles it well. Where his 2010 debut album, My Name Is Hannibal, garnered him comparisons to the late, great Mitch Hedberg, 2012’s Animal Furnace finds a slightly surlier Buress hilariously railing against security guards, college journalism, jaywalking, New York City cabs, drunk people, and scatting. With a name like Hannibal Buress, you can forgive him for recycling the bit about people’s reactions to the fact that he shares a first name with a celluloid cannibal—especially since he precedes this with a rant against young men in his Williamsburg neighborhood with handlebar mustaches. He believes that these gentlemen shouldn’t even bother trying to talk to him unless the subject matter pertains to carnivals. “It’s cool if you want to have a handlebar mustache,” he says. “But don’t try to have a conversation with me like you don’t have a handlebar moustache.” 

EDITORS’ NOTES

While the transformation from comedy writer to standup comedian isn’t easy for most folks, Chicago-born and Brooklyn-based Hannibal Buress handles it well. Where his 2010 debut album, My Name Is Hannibal, garnered him comparisons to the late, great Mitch Hedberg, 2012’s Animal Furnace finds a slightly surlier Buress hilariously railing against security guards, college journalism, jaywalking, New York City cabs, drunk people, and scatting. With a name like Hannibal Buress, you can forgive him for recycling the bit about people’s reactions to the fact that he shares a first name with a celluloid cannibal—especially since he precedes this with a rant against young men in his Williamsburg neighborhood with handlebar mustaches. He believes that these gentlemen shouldn’t even bother trying to talk to him unless the subject matter pertains to carnivals. “It’s cool if you want to have a handlebar mustache,” he says. “But don’t try to have a conversation with me like you don’t have a handlebar moustache.” 

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About Hannibal Buress

A mix of laid-back and sharp, standup comedian Hannibal Buress is also an Emmy-nominated writer, a hip-hop video director, and a video game voice actor thanks to Grand Theft Auto V. Based in New York City, Buress introduced himself to the rest of the world with a 2007 appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, then two years later he was on his way to an Emmy nomination thanks to a two-year stint writing for Saturday Night Live. His comedy album debut, My Name Is Hannibal, arrived on the Stand Up! label in 2010, which was the same year he joined the writing staff of 30 Rock, but he only stayed at the show for six months, fearing his work would shift to long-form television when he wanted to stick with sketches and standup. He returned to the former with work on The Eric Andre Show, while the latter meant hitting the road again with his act and releasing the 2012 television comedy special and album Animal Furnace, both on Comedy Central. In 2013 he directed the video for Chance the Rapper's "NaNa," then in 2014 he returned to Comedy Central for the Live from Chicago album and television special. ~ David Jeffries

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