Everything is fair game for the laid-back comedy of Hannibal Buress

By Becky Carman, For The Oklahoman Published: June 23, 2014
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Comedian Hannibal Buress sounds a little worn out after his two-day stint in Miami. ESPN’s “SportsNation” hired him to cover Game 6 of the NBA Finals, but when there was no Game 6, he instead donned Spurs gear and made fun of Heat fans.

“I would have liked it if Miami had won another one so I had a basketball game to go to,” Buress said, in his trademark Mitch Hedberg-esque delivery with a twist — fractured but still relaxed and pointed. “Instead, I fulfilled my contractual obligation to make some videos for ESPN.”

You may remember Buress from last year’s Foot Locker commercial “Nicknames,” in which he assigns Kevin Durant a disappointing new moniker. He also had a bit role as a “recurring hobo” on NBC’s “30 Rock,” where he served as a writer. Buress also spent one season writing for “Saturday Night Live.”

Since then, Buress has a handful of acclaimed albums and specials under his belt and is becoming a star in his own right. Despite his success, his affinity for and start in comedy were an unlikely foundation.

“I appreciated comedy in passing, but it wasn’t really something I wanted to do,” Buress said. After a fluke open mic performance, he was hooked and moved from his hometown of Chicago to New York City.

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IF YOU GO

Hannibal Buress

TUESDAY

With: Jenny Godwin, Josh Lathe, Spencer Hicks

When: 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Boulevard

WEDNESDAY

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Reynolds Performing Arts Center (Holmberg Hall) — 560 Parrington Oval, Norman

Information: www.facebook.com/okccomedy

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