Hannibal Buress would like to see homeless people in houses
Hannibal Buress, 29, who has written for 30 Rock and now appears on the show as a homeless guy named Hannibal, moved from Chicago to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2008, to get away from his lizard-hoarding room mate. Buress is performing at Caroline’s Comedy Club April 12 – 15.
Q: What would you most like to see changed or accomplished in NYC?
A: Someone really needs to fix the homeless problem. Get more shelters, get people off the street. I don’t know exactly how – it’s not my area – but it’s a really glaring problem. It’s just messed up when people don’t have a place to live.
Q: What epitomizes the New York sense of humor?
A: People here are considered to be sarcastic and to have a quick wit. It’s a very funny city with a lot of characters, and the best place in America, and maybe the world, to be a comedian. There are just so many places to perform, so many places for stand up.
Q: Will the explosion of comedy shows on the Internet erode the live comedy industry in NYC?
A: The Internet helps fuel it! You see someone on the Internet and then you want to see them live. People always want to go see a good live show.
Q: What cracks you up about New York City?
A: When I first came here I went to a grocery store in Washington Heights that had all these pictures of people caught shoplifting. In the pictures, they were holding up all the things they stole. One person had a loaf of bread. Another one was holding a whole chicken. In Chicago, we have alleys. Here, they don’t, so people here just throw their garbage on the street. That’s a weird thing that takes some getting used to: Giant piles of garbage on the street.
Q: Your favorite hang outs?
A: This Korean restaurant in Williamsburg, Dokebi (Bar and Grill). The bibimbap is really good. And I’m a big fan of Halal carts – they’re a very, very New York thing. I travel so much I don’t have a lot of time to go to restaurants.
Q: What’s the best investment a New Yorker can make?
A: A hearing aid company. We’re all on iPods and blasting music – my generation is going to be really deaf.
Q: So what music is making you deaf?
A: Mr. Muthaf-----' eXquire and Matt and Kim – they’re from Brooklyn! And ASAP Rocky.
Q: What’s your current must-see?
A: Sleep No More (at the McKittrick Hotel). It’s just a really different show, really well directed and interactive. I want to go see it again before it closes.
Q: Being a New Yorker means. . .
A: You pay a lot of rent and taxes. I pay a lot in rent and a lot in taxes, so I guess I’m a New Yorker now.