this week at cap city
Hannibal Buress has been really busy lately, between touring to support his new album, Animal Furnace, guest hosting the premiere of Adult Swim’s incredible Eric Andre Show and providing personalized jokes for fans on his website (ok, maybe that last one’s not taking up too much of his time).
But the pace is nothing new for the comic, who hosts a weekly show at New York’s Knitting Factory and frequently appears on late-night shows like Letterman, Fallon, Kimmel and Ferguson. But this week, you won’t have to turn on your TV to catch new bits from Buress — you can head down to Cap. City Comedy to see him live, with six shows between Wednesday and Sunday.
The #1 reason why you shouldn’t miss your chance to see Buress? Straight up, his act is one of the funniest we’ve ever seen. But in case you still need them, here are three more deciding factors:
1. “This is probably the last time he'll be playing comedy clubs and not theaters,” says Dan Solomon (who interviewed Buress last month). Last November, when The New York Times debuted their comedy reviews column, they did so with a glowing profile of Buress, calling him “one of the fastest rising comics working today.” If you caught him at The Parish during Moontower, lucky you.
2. “He is a really strong jokewriter but he isn't held down by joke writing conventions,” says Austin comic Kath Barbadoro. “Every time I see him I always feel like I have no idea what he's going to do.” You may have heard 2010’s My Name is Hannibal and recent release Animal Furnace a hundred times, but you’re guaranteed to see a different live show every night.
3. Ralphie Hardesty — co-host of the acclaimed Encyclopedia Show, Funniest Person in Austin semi-finalist and CultureMap contributor — will be hosting for Buress all weekend, and Minneapolis’ Amber Preston will be featuring, rounding out a bill of brilliant performers all known for their smart, darkly absurd style.
Before Hannibal hits the Cap. City stage on Wednesday, check out this amazing mini-documentary A Week To Kill, a 40-minute film that follows the comic in the week before he taped his first Comedy Central hour-long special.