Hannibal Buress – ‘My name is Hannibal’

Hannibal Buress is a comedian hailing from Chicago. He began his stand-up career in college, and then while doing a bit on Jimmy Fallon, got noticed by the producers of Saturday Night Live, where he is now a writer. He was also featured in Rolling Stone Magazine as part of the new breed of geek comics, ‘The Geek Squad.’ as they put it. He’s a pretty funny dude.

Mr. Buress is laugh out loud funny, not just ‘let me clap for that joke because it was delivered well.’ If you listen to Hannibal Buress, you’ll be laughing really hard. He has a deadpan delivery, and he enunciates – a rarity in the comic world. As he states in one of his bits ‘No I do not have any pets. Why would I want to share my apartment in New York with another creature who does not understand the concept of paying rent.’  I have had some roommates with the same problem.

Hannibal ruminates on everything from President Obama holding a job as a Senator while he ran for President, to finding a use for left over pickle juice in his apartment. How do you determine how much pickle juice to flick on a sandwich? Ask Hannibal. He does a dissection of a situation to the exact detail, similar to Jerry Seinfeld and George Carlin, but with the delivery of Mitch Hedberg, although Buress expresses more passion in his jokes than the late Mr. Hedberg. He discusses going to a lame party, where the only thing to do is sit in the corner and text his friends about how lame the party is. Been there.

The great thing about Buress’s style is that he will start a joke, and then go off an a tangent, and then tell you that the tangent made the joke funnier. At that point, you’re not only laughing at the joke, you’re laughing at the reason the joke was funny. Buress weaves between topics with controlled ease, speaking with very precise delivery on things like ‘Lil Kim and rappers with too much bling – and pickle juice. Don’t forget the pickle juice.

‘My name is Hannibal’ is currently available on Amazon.com