Just for Laughs Interview: Hannibal Buress

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One of the most clever young writers working today, Chicago-born comic Hannibal Buress is quickly rising in the comedy world. While he already has the pedigree of writing for two acclaimed comedy shows -- Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock -- he is a stand-up comedian first and foremost, and his debut album (last year's My Name is Hannibal) proved that he's well on his way to becoming a top headliner.

With a little bit of experience performing at Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival in the past, Hannibal is a tour de force at this year's fest, not only performing his own feature show nightly ("The Hannibal Montanabal Experience") but also appearing as part of "Eugene Mirman and Pretty Good Friends", on a live taping of CBC's The Debaters, and on several other bills as well. I got the opportunity to speak with Hannibal in advance of his visit to Montreal, and though I asked a few not-so-bright questions (you'll hear that he even, rightly so, pointed out how bad one of them was), it was still great to talk to one of the best young comics working today. And at least mine wasn't the most awkward interview Hannibal has done this year.

If you're in Montreal this week, be sure to check out at least one of his appearances, and if not, visit his website for info on his fall tour dates.

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Paul Little is the founder and Managing Editor of ShowbizMonkeys.com. When not interviewing his favourite musicians and comedians, he can also be found putting on and promoting music and comedy events with The Purple Room in Winnipeg, or co-producing the live comedy game shows Pants on Fire and The Great Patio Showdown. (@comedygeek)

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