Comedian Hannibal Buress Talks Standup, Baseball and Ninjas

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Since his last stop in St. Louis just over a year ago at the Firebird, Hannibal Buress has been beyond busy. Heading into its second season, Buress will return as Lincoln, co-staring on Llana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson's Comedy Central hit Broad City. He'll also be back in the oversized chair/undersized couch for the third season as cohost of The Eric Andre Show and is making yet another big-screen debut later this year with Flock of Dudes. Buress still hosts Sunday nights at the Knitting Factory when he's home in New York City and just set off on The Comedy Camasido Tour with a brand-new hour this very month.

We talked with Buress about how he makes time to write and develop his standup, what it means to "get baseballed" and, as an added bonus, he was even kind enough to divulge the details of his first standup appearance. He will be appearing at the Pageant on Friday, October 24, at 8 p.m.

Kelsey McClure: You're going out on the Comedy Camisado Tour -- is that going to be some of the stuff from the special? What can people expect?

Hannibal Buress: There's different stuff. I've got new stuff to talk about. I'm redoing a couple quick bits from there, but for the most part it's different things. I have lots of things happen to me. I like to tell what's going on with me currently, so I have a lot of stuff.

And you're still hosting a weekly show at the Knitting Factory in New York, correct?

Not as much, I'm traveling too much to do that.

Right. Since your stop in St. Louis last year you've had another season of The Eric Andre Show come out, Broad City, and then also a new Comedy Central hour. How do you have time to write for your standup?

I do standup all the time. Those projects -- Broad City, The Eric Andre Show -- are confined to a certain window of time, you know what I mean? It's not as bad as it seems like. It's not so intensive that I can't do anything else. I might do Broad City and I'm done at 7 in the evening, then I go and do a set. The Andre Show is 7 to 8 p.m., then it's time to do standup.

It's not like I'm a neurologist or something where I'm really focused. If I was a brain surgeon and still doing well in standup, you would like, "Well, he must be a bad brain surgeon." But with writing you can split your time with it and work on the other stuff.

Are the writing formats distinctively different, and do you prefer one over the other?

I prefer doing standup a lot more. I mean, I started out doing standup; that's what I've been doing the longest.

When you started writing for 30 Rock and Broad City and the different TV shows, was that something that came about because of your standup career, or was writing something that you were just pursuing alternatively?

I was just always kind of doing standup, and those opportunities popped up because people see the standup as maybe fitting in well with the projects.

As far as acting goes, the next project in line to be released is Flock of Dudes. What's that one about?

Flock of Dudes is this guy; it's got Chris D'Elia in it and Kumail Nanjiani, Eric Andre's in it.... It's a coming-of-age story about a dude growing up. It's campy and good, a grown comedy; it's an ensemble comedy. It's going to be a lot of fun.

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