Hanibal Buress set to perform at Comedy Zone

Hannibal Buress is one of the best young joke writers and stand-up comics working today.

At 29, he’s already had two successful stand-up albums — My Name Is Hannibal and Hannibal Buress Animal Furnace — written for Saturday Night Live, wrote and performed on 30 Rock and last year taped his first hour-long special for Comedy Central. He currently serves as co-host on Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show and recently sold a cop comedy to ABC.

He'll perform at the Charlotte Comedy Zone tonight through Saturday. Find ticket information here.

Check out his work below.

 

This is Buress’s second visit to Charlotte. The first was in late 2011.

“I like that club (The Comedy Zone),” he said. “It's a really cool place to perform with a good set up.”

His last performance came as his star was in the middle of a very fast and impressive rise in the comedy world. His first stand-up special was garnering critical acclaim and his repeat appearances on 30 Rock as a homeless man with interesting opinions on newspaper boxes, electricity and Tina Fey's character's looks made him an immediate fan favorite.

"I'm going to miss that show. It was a lot of fun to be apart of," he said of the show set to go off the air later this month. "I wasn't originally supposed to do that part … in the writer's room I would sometimes have to read for someone who wasn't there and they hadn't cast that part yet. So after I read Robert Carlock was like 'Why don't we just let Hannibal do it.?'"

He cites the Queen of Jordan reality-show spoofs as his favorite episodes of the show.

But where Buress has made the biggest name for himself is as a stand-up where his unique perspective and quick mind is in full display.

"I never a napkin of my lap at a restaurant because I believe in myself," goes one joke and "I have weird aspirations. Like, I really want to kick a pigeon" goes another.

"When I'm on stage I want to just represent who I am. I want the audience to know where I'm coming from and get a sense of why I think a certain way. I think that comes across," he said. "… It's important to provide something that is going to get people out to a comedy club, because I'm competing with television for people's attention."

Buress seems at his best when he's in front of an audience. And if you get a chance to see him this weekend don't miss it.

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