Hannibal Buress to play Boise on his way up the comedy ladder

hannibal-buressLiquid Laughs in Boise just nailed down a hot comedian for May 9 and 10: Hannibal Buress.

Buress, 31, was just featured on Comedy Central two weeks ago with his own hour-long special, “Hannibal Buress Live from Chicago.”

Briefly a writer for “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” Buress has performed on all the major late-night talk shows. He’s also a regular on Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show” and the new Comedy Central series “Broad City.” Some comedy fans might also recognize him for his cameos as a homeless person on “30 Rock.”

“He’s a pretty big deal,” says Jen Adams, Liquid Laughs’ comedy booker (and the new morning co-host on Kissin’ 92.3 FM). “Our club is the last small comedy club that he’s going to be playing before he jumps to just doing theaters and never looking back. We’re pretty excited about it.”

While Buress’ career trajectory is definitely trending upward, he won’t ditch small clubs entirely — at least not immediately. He hosts a recurring Sunday-night comedy gig at the 300-capacity Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. (Which begs the question: Why wouldn’t he perform at the Knit in Boise? Looking for a smaller room for his first time in town?)

Boise is in for some guaranteed good times next month. Shows will be at 8 and 10:15 p.m. and cost $25. Buy here.


Michael Deeds is the Idaho Statesman’s entertainment columnist and Scene magazine editor. His column runs Fridays and Sundays. He appears on the 6 p.m. broadcast of "Today's 6 News" on Thursdays and hosts a music show, "The Other Studio," from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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