Hannibal Buress Talks Stand-Up, Sitcoms and the Miami Heat
Hannibal Buress has a big year ahead of him. His one-hour stand-up special is scheduled to premiere on Comedy Central this spring. He is also developing his own sitcom for FOX, which will feature Jonah Hill as executive producer. And he's kicking it all off with a headliner at the Miami Improv next week.
Buress' writing credits already include Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. He says he wants to tour non-stop and is widely considered one of the brightest young comics around.
"I just talk about what is going on in my life: dating, traveling, drinking, playing video games, hanging out, all of it. I just talk about what I do and hope people enjoy it," he says.
Buress has performed in Miami and Fort Lauderdale before, most recently
alongside The Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac. This time around, he'll be the main event, headlining a series of shows at the Miami Improv from Jan. 5-8.
But his own show isn't all he's looking forward to in the Magic City. "I'm excited to come through, do the shows, hang out in Miami, go check out a Heat game, just have a lot of fun," he says, noting that he plans to watch LeBron James and Dwayne Wade take on the Indiana
Pacers while he's in town. But as a lifelong Chicago Bulls fan, he says, he's expecting the Heat to
fail come playoff time.
"I say the Bulls will probably end up beating the Heat in six in the
Eastern Conference finals this year. We got Rip Hamilton," Buress says. "I know this won't ingratiate me with Miami fans, but I'm just saying the Bulls got better this year."
Buress says his FOX sitcom is still in the very early
stages. There is no script for a pilot yet, only character descriptions
and outlines, but the success of the Jonah Hill/FOX partnership with the
funny animated series Allen Gregory is a promising sign for the
In the meantime, Buress will be delivering material from his upcoming Comedy Central
special at his show at the Improv, so it's your chance to learn it before the rest of your
--Andres David Castellanos
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