In this week’s Weekend cover story, I interview former “SNL” and “30 Rock” writer Hannibal Buress, who performs a sold-out show at the Hamilton on Friday. From his stand-up style (“I’m the black Ellen Degeneres”) to his role on Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show” to being content with his career, Buress had plenty of insight to offer. And true to his trade, Buress also had quite a bit to offer in the way of absurdity.
A few tidbits that didn’t quite make it into the story:
On who he would choose to be for one day: “I think it would be fun to be a current NBA star, like LeBron James or someone like that … I wouldn’t want to be him on an off day, I’d want to be him on a game day. His off day he’s probably icing his knees and just eating healthy. I wouldn’t want to be him on an off day. I want to be him on an early game day, LeBron James, with a 1 p.m. game. So he’s playing the game, till about 4 o’clock and then he just goes to live life.”
On first meeting friend and co-star Eric Andre: “We were in an underground fight club in Bushwick, Brooklyn. So we were in this fight club in a bodega and I whooped his [expletive] so he respected me, and after I got his respect, he said, ‘I got an idea for a talk show,’ and I said, ‘Alright, I’m in’… He liked my rhythm and the fact that I was exerting a lot of energy but I was still able to say things, like I wasn’t out of breath.” (Note: Eric Andre, while amused by this account, denied its validity in a phone interview.)
On what he always wanted to be when he grew up: “Football player or millionaire playboy.”
On booking travel: “I like booking flights. I should spend more time writing or doing other stuff than booking flights, but I like it. I like getting a good deal on a hotel room, and sometimes I’m worried that if I leave it with somebody else, they won’t get as good of a deal as I can, because I’m awesome at the internet.”
Anything else we need to know? “I’ve got twins on the way.” (Note: He doesn’t.)