I first saw Hannibal Buress when he opened for Dave Chapelle a few years ago at Just for Laughs. I had never seen or heard of him before, and then all of a sudden, this hilarious, relateable man with an impeccable deadpan delivery was on stage just rocking the crowd. I made of point of finding out his name and keeping an eye out for his inevitable return as headliner. Finally, this year is the year. This year, Buress comes to town for just one night with a full hour at the Olympia, and I could not be more excited.
He was catapulted into the public eye in 2014 when his comments regarding Bill Crosby went viral, spurring long-overdue investigations and law suits into the megastar’s serial rapes over the decades. During his fateful set, he railed against the hypocrisy of Crosby’s moral admonitions about swearing on stage and stage dress, when he was drugging and raping women over the decades, an open Hollywood secret. These comments led to public outcry, and the victims coming forward, and eventually led to the law suits which are still ongoing today. (FYI: Don’t worry, there is no statute of limitations on rape prosecutions in Canada, unlike in the USA).
Hannibal Buress is not a new face on the scene. The Chicago native who decamped to New York City in his early 20s has been a road comic for a long time. He wrote for Jimmy Fallon and SNL, eventually landing a recurring role on the TV show 30 Rock as a homeless man. He’s now a sidekick to Eric Andre on the comedian’s sketch-comedy series “The Eric Andre Show,” and co-stars as Ilana Glazer’s ex-boyfriend on the New York-set “Broad City”. He most recently voiced Buddy the Dog along with Louis C.K. in the recently released “The Secret Life of Pets”, now in theatres. He has an as-yet undisclosed role in the new Spiderman movie, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.
He addressed the Crosby fallout in his Netflix special “Comedy Comisado”, and is pretty much over talking about it, and so we can expect brand new material in the Montreal show. With his easy going stage presence, and his hilarious delivery, I personally am looking very forward to seeing what he has prepared for us. Get your tickets early, this will sell out and with good reason.
Hannibal Buress performs as part of Just for Laughs at the Olympia Theatre (1004 Ste-Catherine E.) on Saturday, July 30, 7 p.m., $39.50–$45.50. Tickets HERE.