By Julie Seabaugh
|Photo: Juile Seabaugh|
In his second special, Hannibal Buress: Live in Chicago, the laid-back comic relates the story of throwing a bachelor party in New Orleans. "One of my friends said, 'Hannibal, you should hire a second line band to follow you through the streets,'" he recalls. "Basically in New Orleans, for $300 you can have your own parade on a day's notice!" Soon alcoholic beverages and the police become involved, and Buress decides to throw himself a parade every week.
Not that the 31-year-old Williamsburg resident suffers from a lack of attention. Chicago debuts on Comedy Central Sunday, March 29, and the former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock writer currently co-stars on Adult Swim's The Eric André Show and pops up regularly in Comedy Central's Broad City. He'll also appear in May's Seth Rogen/Zach Effron-starring film Neighbors.
The evening before he offered SXSW audiences a sneak peek, Buress sat down to discuss the special, the benefits of bombing and his love for the New York comedy scene. Then the following night he concluded his post-film Q&A by leading a six-piece band around the theater, out through the Alamo Drafthouse lobby and onto the chaos of 6th Street. As Buress confesses in Chicago, "Don't worry, you're just watching a man living out his dream."
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