Hannibal Buress

"It was a serious situation," Hannibal Buress says of how he started doing standup. "My parents were kidnapped and were told that I had to do standup, or they would take my family away forever. So I wrote a set and destroyed." Well, maybe not exactly. "No one cares how I got started," he laughs. "'He started doing standup in college? Let's buy tickets!'" This is the fourth interview of the day, and he confesses that he's to the point of making things up. A writer and occasional performer on 30 Rock, Buress talks mostly about pop culture, particularly the world of rap. "Rappers are always saying and doing goofy things," he notes. "I know. It's like shooting fish in a barrel. There's this one rapper called Vado, which stand for 'Violence and Drugs Only.' Come on, Vado. What about water?" He could just as easily make fun of politicians or sports figures, but rap is what he follows most closely. "With anything you're into, or really following a lot, you can mock people." 18+.
May 31-June 4, 8 p.m.; June 3-4, 10:30 p.m., 2011
 
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