It just goes to show you how bad my attention span is. Hannibal Buress is an actor/writer who has starred in 30 Rock, though for the life of me I can’t remember, an episode of Bob’s Burger (in my defense that’s animated), and Sleepwalk With Me (though he is unaccredited), shows and films I have seen. So going into Buress’ latest stand up I was a bit in the dark, but that’s okay. Buress doesn’t really require you to know who he is.
My impression of Buress is that he’s an on the spot comedian. The majority of his comedy is rehashing stories, kind of like you’d do with a friend, which is an endearing quality. As long as the delivery is executed well, and it is, you’re guaranteed a good laugh.
Unfortunately a majority of the album fades out quickly. There’s only so many times you can recall that one time your pal Buress told you that story about doing cocaine with a couple of women (one of them chubby) and the what if scenario that followed before the story starts to get watered down. Plus you don’t have the delivery down like Buress does.
I did enjoy the album. It really was like meeting someone else’s friend and getting caught up in their experiences. It’s anything from purchasing parade time in New Orleans to meeting women in a bar who want nothing more from you then to hear a joke. All of these experiences ending in what if scenario’s that are outrageous, offensive, but all together hilarious.
Buress seems extremely comfortable on his own home turf and doesn’t skip a beat dropping jokes and experiences as if he’s just had them yesterday. Again, his humor is sometimes mildly offensive (trading jokes about domestic violence for a peek at a woman’s breasts) but it’s colorful humor and on the spot hilarity. Weather it stays with you years down the lines is questionable. For me, I think I got just about all the use of it as I’m going to get. Was it worth it? Yes. As always final judgment is yours. Enjoy.