WBEZ | Hannibal Buress http://www.wbez.org/tags/hannibal-buress Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Mayor Emanuel makes surprise appearance at small theater fundraiser http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-mayor-emanuel-makes-surprise-appearance-small-theater <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rahm%20emanuel%20chair_0.jpg" style="height: 357px; width: 200px; float: left; " title="(Photo by Evan Hanover via Facebook)" /><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel</strong></span></span> made a suprise appearance at Sunday night&#39;s fundraiser for <a href="https://www.facebook.com/theWhiskeyRebellionTheatre">The Whiskey Rebellion</a>, a local theater collective formed in 2010.&nbsp;Apparently, a friend from the Board of Education brought the Mayor along who, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151450904667926&amp;set=a.10151450895752926.585506.712652925&amp;type=1&amp;theater">as you can see from this photo</a> captured by Evan Hanover, is adept at carrying a folding chair. He&#39;s also good at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151450900992926&amp;set=a.10151450895752926.585506.712652925&amp;type=1&amp;theater">looking casual whilest standing in a crowd</a>.&nbsp;The Whiskey Rebellion&#39;s show&nbsp;<em>Wake: A Folk Opera </em>was workshopped over the summer and proceeds from <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/221579247970958/">last night&#39;s BBQ</a> go to putting on the real deal.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Comedian Jamie Kennedy</strong></span></span> will be at the <a href="http://LaughFactory.com">Laugh Factory</a> this coming weekend. Tickets are $25-35. Kennedy is host of a new game show on the CW called<em> Oh Sit!</em> Get it?</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The Chicago City Council </strong></span></span><a href="http://midsommerflight.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/chicago-city-council-honors-midsommer-flight/#comments">adopted a resolution </a>to honor Midsommer Flight for &quot;their dedication to bringing the arts to underserved communities&quot; through inclement weather. Here is a<a href="http://midsommerflight.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/city-council-resolution.jpg"> photo of it</a>. It looks professional.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- And on New Years weekend</strong></span></span>,&nbsp;Hannibal Buress will take over Zanies all across Chicagoland, with performances in Rosemont, St. Charles and Chicago.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 11:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-mayor-emanuel-makes-surprise-appearance-small-theater Daily Rehearsal: Hannibal Buress v. The Daily Eastern News http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-hannibal-buress-v-daily-eastern-news-99468 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/hannibal%20buress.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 303px; " title="Buress performing stand-up for a Comedy Central special." /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/college-newspaper-starts-war-with-hannibal-buress,75503/"><em>The A.V. Club </em></a>draws our attention to</strong></span></span>&nbsp;complaints made against Hannibal Buress by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dennews.com/opinion/buress-comments-unfair-skewed/article_8ba7c856-a3d1-11e1-bf0d-001a4bcf6878.html">Eastern Illinois University&#39;s school paper</a>, spurred by sections from Burress&#39; stand-up routine. In the routines, Buress apparently discusses <em>The Daily Eastern News&#39;</em>&nbsp;disclosure of how much he was paid to perform at the University<a href="http://www.library.eiu.edu/denpdfs/2009/03/09march27pg02.pdf"> in a 2009 article</a>, among other things: &quot;During his act, Buress admits to telling our reporter that his performances include jokes related to &#39;personal stories, current events, the streets and even food&#39;,&quot; the opinion piece reads. &quot;Buress then proceeded to mock The DEN for including this comment.&nbsp;However, the blame for such a portrayal lies explicitly on Buress. If he did not wish for us to include that he talks about &#39;the streets&#39; in his act, he should not have said it in his interview.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- David Schwimmer </strong></span></span>will star in <em>Detroit</em> at Playwright Horizons in New York the summer, the <em>Associated Press</em> reports, opposite Amy Ryan. The play <a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/About-Us/history/productions/index.aspx?id=503">premiered at Steppenwolf</a> in the fall of 2010.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.playbill.com/news/article/166251-Bernadette-Peters-Audra-McDonald-Ricky-Martin-Danny-Burstein-Norm-Lewis-Will-Be-Featured-on-Tonys">Here </a>are a</strong></span></span> few performances and appearances to look forward to at the Tony&#39;s.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Redmoon will be performing at Wicker Park Fest</strong></span></span>, as part of the festival&#39;s expanded arts line-up. Chicagoist says they&#39;ll be doing, &quot;a piece called The Sonic Boom, a massive battery powered vehicle, sculpture, and performance platform. Redmoon performers will activate the two hydraulic performance platforms and mobile DJ booth with spectacle performance and sound pieces, a portion of which will be fully composed in advance and a portion that will be structured for live improvisation during the event.&quot; No word on whether there will be fire, but they&#39;ll be there both <a href="http://wickerparkfest.com/music/">July 28 and 29th</a>, time TBD.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <em>Clybourne Park</em> </strong></span></span>has had a <a href="http://clybournepark.com/">month </a>added to its Broadway run; it now closes August 12.</p></p> Wed, 23 May 2012 11:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-hannibal-buress-v-daily-eastern-news-99468 Daily Rehearsal: Your new day-before-New-Year's plans http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-01/daily-rehearsal-your-new-day-new-years-plans-94507 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-01/hannibal.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-01/hannibal.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 180px; height: 270px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Don't have day-before-New-Year's plans?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/hannibal-buress-at-the-lincoln-lodge-dec-30,64987"><em>The A.V. Club</em> points out</a> that Hannibal Buress </strong></span></span>will be at the Lincoln Lodge on December 30 for two performances, just in time to make it on all those "this was big in Chicago this year lists", &nbsp;or whatever people in the media do at the end of the year.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,64"><em>Elizabeth Rex </em></a>opens next week at Chicago Shakes</strong></span></span>. The star of the production, Diane D’Aquila, reveals a bit about her background <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/9157322-421/elizabeth-rex-a-regal-portrait-of-the-iconic-english-queen.html">to Hedy Weiss</a>, including the tidbit that&nbsp;she worked as a dresser early in her career, a job I find super fascinating, perhaps merely for it's very literal title. For those who watched the movies on our fair Virgin Queen, the costumes alone look worth the price of admission.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. In this week's Don't Miss List, Laura Molzahn <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-30/dont-miss-list-spice-it-muntu-dance-theatre-94458">suggests </a>you see </strong></span></span>Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago. At&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/muntu-dance-theatres-spice-it-up/Content?oid=5101709">the <em>Reader</em></a>, Molzahn gives us a look into why Muntu chose it's name, and what to expect from the show. The name of the group's new suite of dances ("Roff") actually means "a lot of different spices put together." So expect like a chutney or a chili or something of a dance.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Don Hall has<a href="http://donhall.blogspot.com/2011/12/a-la-carte-audience.html">&nbsp;thoughts</a> on the importance of subscription tickets</strong></span></span> to different theaters, via <a href="http://www.tcg.org/tools/facts/">a report</a> from the Theater Communications Group. To Hall, the loss of tickets sold through subscription models will really only be noticed by marquee theaters. For the small (and when I say small, I'm not talking about theaters with a $250,000 budget, I'm referring to theaters with far less than that to go from show to show) it means relatively nothing," writes Hall. "Show to show is how we do business in the first place."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Fascinated with the <a href="http://auditoriumtheatre.org/wb/">Auditorium Theatre</a>?</strong></span></span> Who's not! Did you know the movie <em>Public Enemies</em> with Christian Bale and Johnny Depp was filmed there (among others?) The theatre toots their own horn in <a href="http://auditoriumtheatre.blogspot.com/2011/11/mystique-helps-to-illuminate-our-past_21.html">this blog post</a>, but it is, in actuality, quite beautiful.</p><p>And for those who were worried the <em>Jersey Shore The Musical</em> is closing -- fear not! It's been extended through March 31.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 18:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-01/daily-rehearsal-your-new-day-new-years-plans-94507 Daily Rehearsal: David Axelrod, live on stage! http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-13/daily-rehearsal-david-axelrod-live-stage-89088 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//92772878.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>1. Hannibal Buress, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-11/daily-rehearsal-dan-savage-homosexuals-88956">again</a>. I'm sorry guys -- but this time I just have to plug Mark Bazer's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-07-13/video-hannibal-buress-interview-show-plus-fred-89067">excellent interviews</a> with him for <em>The Interview Show</em>, as well as <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-13/chicago-funny-man-hannibal-buress-brings-laughs-home-89077">Buress' old interview with Brian Babylon</a> that aired on <em>848 </em>this morning. It's all archival, but if it's new to you....</p><p>2. About Face Theatre Company is looking for interns in marketing and public relations, management, and development and special events. Email Andrew Cutler at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:andrew@aboutfacetheatre.com" target="_blank" title="mailto:andrew@aboutfacetheatre.com">andrew@aboutfacetheatre.com</a>&nbsp;by August 15 to make your dreams come true.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-12/92772878.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 205px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="Someone looks pleased...">3. David Axelrod will be on the upcoming season of <em><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/about/chicagolive/">Chicago Live!</a></em> on July 28. Remember David? He was senior advisor to President Obama. He'll be joined by&nbsp;Poetry Slam Founder Marc Smith, and the understudies for Tony and Maria on &nbsp;<em>West Side Story,&nbsp;</em>Cary Tedder and Kathryn Lin Terza. The new season launches July 21; Chicago Live! is a weekly live stage show for WGN at The Chicago Theatre.</p><p>4.&nbsp;Megan Stielstra has a <a href="http://www.chicagoplays.com/component/idoblog/?view=idoblog&amp;args=Blogs&amp;recentid=128">great story for Chicago Plays</a> that seriously, will make you believe in the power of love and good waitresses. But what does this have to do with theater? She argues that theater tells stories that make us want to relate back and think of our stories.&nbsp;She also thanks waitressing for adding to her theater experience: "So, on behalf of us all, I’d like to say thank you to service industry for helping us pay our rent and live our dreams; for allowing us the flexibility to audition and finish projects; for giving our audiences the space to discuss our art over yummy food; for our after parties (!); for coffee; for wine; and, most of all, the lifelong friendships."</p><p>5. The Actors' Equity Association <a href="http://www.actorsequity.org/NewsMedia/news2011/july11.KathrynVLamkey.asp">has announced</a> that&nbsp;Kathryn V. Lamkey, Assistant Executive Director/Central Regional Director, is retiring. She'll end her work December 29, 2011, after 25 years, and AEA is looking for her replacement.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-13/daily-rehearsal-david-axelrod-live-stage-89088 Chicago funny man Hannibal Buress brings the laughs home http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-13/chicago-funny-man-hannibal-buress-brings-laughs-home-89077 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-13/hannibal burress.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://hannibalhannibal.tumblr.com/post/367720615/bio" target="_blank">Hannibal Buress</a> started out doing stand-up gigs here in Chicago.&nbsp; More recently, he has been a writer for <em>Saturday Night Live</em> and <em>30 Rock</em>. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> revisits a 2010 interview with Vocalo’s<a href="http://brianbabylon.com/Brian_Babylon/BRIAN_BABYLON.html" target="_blank"> Brian Babylon</a> and Buress, who performs at<a href="http://www.chicago.zanies.com/" target="_blank"> Zanies</a> this week.&nbsp; He began by reminiscing on his early days as a comedian, when it was a struggle just to get around town.</p></p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-13/chicago-funny-man-hannibal-buress-brings-laughs-home-89077 Video: Hannibal Buress from 'The Interview Show'; Plus: Fred! http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-07-13/video-hannibal-buress-interview-show-plus-fred-89067 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-13/Hannibal Burress_Flickr_Bryan Bowden.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hannibal Buress is hands down the funniest stand-up comedian in Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p>OK, he lives in New York now, but he grew up here, he performed here for years and technically he <em>is</em> in Chicago right now — in the middle of a two-week run at <a href="http://chicago.zanies.com/">Zanies</a>. If you see stand-up all the time or you see it once a year, Hannibal's the guy to check out. He's got it all: impeccable timing, a terrific turn of phrase, a calm confidence that puts you at ease and, of course, great material.&nbsp;</p><p>I'm forever in his debt: Without knowing me, he agreed to be on the first <em>Interview Show</em>, back in February 2008. Since then, Hannibal has written for <i>SNL</i> and <em>30 Rock</em> and still found time to stop by the show on two other occasions. Below are his last two visits to <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com">The Hideout</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Oh, and tune into WBEZ's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/848"><em>848</em></a> Wednesday morning for another interview with Hannibal. And they said synergy was dead!</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/v_JhHmaCFnM" width="560"></iframe></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/abHuSsepcvw" width="560"></iframe></p><h3 style="color: red;">IN OTHER NEWS ...</h3><p>Another great stand-up comedian, Steve Martin, has one of my favorite all-times bits in a late 1970s routine about language. He says:</p><p>“Say you’re going to open a bank... You’ve got to give it the right name. It’s got to be something big and strong, like Security First Trust and Federal Reserve. And you have to name a bank that, because nobody’s going to put their money in FRED’S BANK! ‘Hi, I’m Fred. I have a bank.’”</p><p>I think of that every time I pass by the jewelry store in Forest Park pictured below, which marks the first installment of an occasional series here called Best Store Names in Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-12/Accents by Fred.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 373px;" title=""></p><p>If you have a Best Store Name in Chicago, let me know. I'll take a photograph, frame it, take it out of the frame and then post it here.</p><h3 style="color: red;">STAY TUNED ...</h3><p>On Friday, an interview and performance by Das Racist, who will be at Pitchfork this weekend.</p></p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-07-13/video-hannibal-buress-interview-show-plus-fred-89067