Hannibal Buress Esquire Q&A
In some ways, stand up comedians and athletes mirror each other. There’s a ton of travel, they perform in front of thousands of people, public apologies are made for ill-advised tweets (although comedians are less apt to offer apologies) and when it comes to “at the top of the game”, there’s usually one athlete or one comedian universally loved. That top spot is similar to seasons in sports (unscientific ranking); Dave Chappelle (2003-2006), Chris Rock (2006-2008), Ricky Gervais (2009-2011), Louis CK (2012-2013) Kevin Hart (2014-present). The next comedian poised to capture the spotlight from Kevin Hart is Chicago’s Hannibal Buress. This isn’t new, Buress is bubbling. He’s been on the verge of a mainstream explosion for 2 solid years appearing in multiple TV shows concurrently (Eric Andre Show and Broad City) and Hollywood movies, most recently Daddy’s Home with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. Buress discusses his acting career, clickbait headlines and of course, Bill Cosby in this Q&A from Esquire’s Scott Raab.