Hannibal Buress owes his name to the ancient general of Carthage, Hannibal Barca, who is considered as one of the greatest military strategists in history. Unlike the legendary Carthegian commander, Buress chose a peaceful path of making people happy through acidic and spontaneous stand-up performances. The comedian used to erupt laugh riots among the audience during his stand-up act by drawing parallels with the infamous Hannibal Lecter.
Buress debuted as a stand-up comedian in 2002. In the same year, he started his association with Comedy Central with ‘The Awkward Comedy Show’ he created alongside Baron Vaughn, Eric André, Marina Franklin, and Victor Varnado. He has also been featured in the sitcom ‘Louie’ on FX. In 2010, Buress released his first stand-up album ‘My Name is Hannibal,’ which was recorded at the old Lakeshore theater in Chicago. The album consists of hour-long observations delivered wry by Buress on various quirky topics. ‘My Name is Hannibal’ made a name for him. Before that, he was just an unknown comedian in his late twenties with some late-night stand-up shows and the writer tag of a disappointing ‘Saturday Night Live’ season to his credit.
Buress’ short stint with ‘Saturday Night Live’ was a dismal one because he had to leave the show after just one sketch aired. The success of his first album earned him more shows, both live and on television networks. In the same year, he started writing sketches for the fifth season of the NBC comedy series ’30 Rock.’ Though it was a moderate success, Buress left the show after six months. His next breakthrough came in 2012 when he released his second stand-up album ‘Animal Furnace.’ The show was aired by Comedy Central as a special which went on to become a huge hit garnering positive reviews. The success of ‘Animal Furnace’ helped Buress to pick up a considerable fan following. He wasn’t the unknown comedian hailing from Chicago anymore. Comedy Central acknowledged his immense potential and their partnership grew with exclusive shows like ‘Live at Gotham’ and ‘John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show.’
Buress’ other major shows include ‘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.’ ‘The Secret Policeman’s Ball’ in 2012 and the hour-long show ‘Hannibal Buress Live from Chicago’ for Comedy Central in 2014 helped him to emerge as one of the leading stand-up comedians of his generation.
Buress has also appeared as the character of Eric Andre’s sidekick on ‘The Eric Andre Show.’ His unique style of presenting quirky and acidic things in a conversational tone strikes a chord with his audiences. Starting out as a silly weekend evening chat with a close friend, he guides the audience for contemplation on the purpose of life and absurdity of existence. So now you might be wondering what is the next Hannibal Buress movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Hannibal Buress films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Hannibal Buress movies would be as good as some of his recent ones.
2. Broad City (2014 – )