Born: February 4, 1983
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Next Tour Date

Friday | December 29
Civic Opera House
Chicago, IL

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2014Live From Chicago
2013Red Light Comedy Live from Amsterdam Volume Two

Features multiple comedians

2012Comedy Juice All-Stars

Compilation that features multiple comedians

2012Animal Furnace
2010My Name is Hannibal
2010The Awkward Comedy Show

Specials (and other video)

2016Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado
2015The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail Season 2: The One Where Hannibal Looks Like Miami Vice

Showcase features multiple comedians.

2014Hannibal Buress: Live From Chicago
2013Funny as Hell (Season 3)

Featured Multiple Comedians. Aired on HBO Canada.

2012Mash Up

Series that combines traditional stand-up inter-cut sketch performances of the comedian's bits.

2012John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show (Season 3)
2012One Week to Kill

Documentary short about the comedian preparing for his upcoming special.

2012Funny as Hell (Season 2)

Featured Multiple Comedians. Aired on HBO Canada.

2012Red Light Comedy Live from Amsterdam Volume Two

Features multiple comedians

2012Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace
2011Funny as Hell (Season 1)

Featured Multiple Comedians. Aired on HBO Canada.

2010John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show
2009The Awkward Comedy Show

Features multiple comedians.

2008Live at Gotham (Episode 308)

Features multiple comedians

Books (by and about)

No books by or about this comedian.


Chicago native Hannibal Buress was named after the Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca. After attending a stand-up performance at his college, Southern Illinois University. Despite not being a devotee to stand-up, Buress thought he could do better than — or at least as bad as — what he saw.

After starting his career downstate, Buress dropped out of college and began performing stand-up in Chicago in 2003. Along with comedy shows, Buress would frequent more music-oriented open mics, challenging himself to win over the audience.

Hannibal worst stand-up gig came in his first year of performing. He appeared at a talent show which modelled itself after the famous Apollo theater of Harlem, where performers can get swept from the stage at the request of a rowdy crowd. Hannibal ended up getting physical carried off by the Sandman that evening.

Buress’s has a very laid-back delivery, his absurdists observations coming at a slower roll than many high energy comics. Buress himself has describe his jokes as cutesy, meaning the material is more fun than biting. Buress suggest that he may evolve to a more personal and perhaps angrier point of view of his subsequent specials.

Buress was featured in “The Awkward Comedy Show” special, along with the African-American comics Baron Vaughn, Eric André, Marina Franklin, and Victor Varnado.

In 2008, Buress moved to New York. On his first evening in the city, he played two open mike and handed out flyers to get on a third. Only after the third show did he go with his bags to his new apartment.

Buress’ comedic prowess has led to several writing gigs. His first appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon led to a job as a staff writer on Saturday Night Live during its 2009-2010 season. Buress was funny in the room, but with no sketch writing experience only one of his own ever made it to air.

One of the hosts of SNL that season was Tina Fey, who liked him and hired him as a writer for her sitcom 30 Rock. He’s also acted on the show, as a recurring character of a homeless man.

His first stand-up comedy album “My Name is Hannibal” was taped at the now defunct Lakeshore Theater in Chicago. The album was released on July 27, 2010 by Stand Up! Records. That same month, Hannibal made Variety’s “Ten Comic to Watch” list for 2010.

In an interview with Esquire in early 2011, Chris Rock stated that Buress was the next big stand-up, describing him as “The illegitimate son of Mitch Hedberg.”

Along with touring nationally, Buress hosts a free weekly stand-up comedy show at Brooklyn’s The Knitting Factory on the Sunday nights he’s in New York.