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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Comedian Bill Burr Explains His Love for St. Louis and What it Means to be a "Comic's Comic"

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

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Do you prefer doing the big theaters to the smaller venues or does it make much of a difference to you?

I like both of them. Basically how I do it is right after I tape a special and I get rid of that hour and I need a new hour before the next special comes out is I work all comedy clubs. I'll fly into the Comedy Zone in Jacksonville and do six shows -- I get to try my act six times. So it's like going to the gym: You're getting those reps and once I get the hour down to a point where I feel like I can justify people paying theater prices, then I move it to theaters. Last year was the clubs. I had a special come out and I did all the clubs, and then I got the act down and this year it's ready to go. And then you murder 'em when they come out to the theaters. I have a great time on the road, like when I went to Jacksonville. I saw alligators, I went to a range to shoot guns -- and silencers are illegal, but I got to shoot a gun with a silencer -- and went to a Jaguars game. I built in a lot of stuff around sporting events and that type of thing.

That sounds like the dream, getting to go do comedy and then just hang out.

Well yeah, I get why bands have to keep going, because they have to split the money four ways and then they pay all the expenses of their tour, but I don't know. That's a rough, rough game.

Yeah it's a lot easier to just be one person and decide to go do something rather than wrangling five other people in.

I've toured with other comics and stuff. When you go with the right group of guys it's great, but if you get in with the wrong group of guys it can be rough. And then you have the conditions to deal with -- even when you are with great guys, there's going to be the late guy, the guy who's partying too much, there's going to be the egomaniac. There's always going to be those guys and you just really have to learn how to deal with those personalities. I don't know, I've been on tour recently and I've been bringing comics that are people that are coming up, and they've always been great people so I haven't had any problems on my tour.

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