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Hannibal Buress On ‘Comedy Camisado,’ Animation, And Doing Stand-Up In Japan

Hannibal Buress is more than just the comedian who told that joke about that guy. The soon-to-be 33-year-old — a fact he laments at length in his new stand-up special, Comedy Camisado — has albums, writing credits, and television and film appearances to his name that span a decade. And before that? The Chicagoan started doing stand-up back in 2002 while studying communications in college.

These days Buress, who last year hosted the Comedy Central series Why? With Hannibal Buress, busies himself with regular roles in Broad City and The Eric Andre Show, voiceover work in the Angry Birds movie and The Secret Life of Pets, cameos in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and The Disaster Artist, and plenty of stand-up to keep him on the road. He graciously took the time to talk about these with Uproxx, as well as what it was like to do comedy in Japan, and Comedy Camisado, which premieres Friday, Feb. 5 on Netflix.

Between Comedy Camisado, the new hour, Broad City and everything else, your schedule seems quite full. Do you like keeping busy, or have you had any time to relax?

No, I’ve had lots of time to relax. I went to Japan over the holidays for about eight days. Went to New Orleans for a little bit and a few other places, so I have some time to relax. Broad City is about 10 days’ worth of shooting scattered over two or three months. The Eric Andre Show is about two weeks. My show was kind of demanding as far as time commitment goes — about a couple of months. It’s a lot of different things, but the scheduling and the time demands aren’t as crazy as they may look.

Aside from your stand-up and Why? with Hannibal Buress, you’ve also written for Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. Do you have a preference?

I prefer writing in a group setting where other people are writing for me. [Laughs.] I’d rather write for myself, and it sounds pathetic, but I think anybody would.

There’s nothing wrong with that.

You know, it’s great to create your own projects. Working for my own show was fun, because you get to have an idea and say, “Let’s work on it like this.” You can really shape the execution of it, as opposed to just pitching something to somebody.

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