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Hannibal Buress - Biography


Comedian Hannibal Buress
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Hannibal Buress Overview:

Chicago comedian Hannibal Buress is known for a delivery style that is quiet and offbeat -- some may consider it "awkward," which is one of the reasons Buress is a member of Victor Varnado's Awkward Comedy Show. As both a stand-up and a writer for Saturday Night Live, Buress specializes in comedy that's smart with a hint of the absurd. His star is still very much on the rise, and it won't be long before he becomes a household name.

Quick Hannibal Buress Facts:

  • Comedian Hannibal Buress was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1983.
  • He started performing comedy in 2002 while attending Southern Illinois University.
  • In 2008, Buress relocated from Chicago to New York and began performing stand-up in New York clubs.
  • He was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live in 2009.
  • Also in 2009, Buress performed as a member of The Awkward Comedy Show alongside fellow "alternative" black comedians Victor Varnado, Marina Franklin, Eric Andre and Baron Vaughn.
  • He released his first stand-up comedy album My Name is Hannibal in 2010.
  • His second album, Animal Furnace, was released in 2012.

Additional Hannibal Buress Facts:

  • In 2007, Hannibal Buress was named Time Out Chicago's Funniest Person in Chicago.
  • In 2010, he was picked by Variety as one of 10 Comics to Watch.
  • He won the 2012 Comedy Award for Best Club Comic.
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