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If you don’t know who comedian Hannibal Buress is by now, you obviously don’t pay attention to background characters in comedy shows or to Hannibal Buress stand-up specials. And that’s fine, because as soon as you see this guy in action – and by action, I mean standing there telling well-crafted cerebrally pleasing jokes about everyday life – his casual affectations will infect you.
He’s got the webseries Talking to Strangers With Hannibal Buress on the way, and Comedy Central is making sure Buress will be a stranger no longer, inking a multi-platform deal for the comedian to dispense his unique blend of post-stoner observation and a never-ending joke bag. He’ll be starring in a recurring role for Broad City an upcoming pilot commitment that Buress will also executive produce. He’ll also be getting another one-hour stand up special, to follow his highly successful Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace, which aired in 2012. And finally, the deal will also include a slot in the nationwide “Comedy Central Live” stand-up tour, where he will probably perform with the three other comedians infiltrating everything you see on Comedy Central nowadays.
“This is really exciting,” said Buress, sarcastic hubris intact. “I can finally quit my day job at Quiznos. People talk down about the Illuminati a lot but this is proof that membership has its benefits.”
Buress is a former writer for Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, on which he also appeared. He’s been on a slew of Comedy Central series, as well as FX’s Louie and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He also has or had a cop comedy for ABC being set up with Rob Sheridan, but I guess we’ll see how that goes.
Below is his set from Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars 2012.