Comedian Hannibal Buress called in to Radio From Hell today to talk about his upcoming performance at the Oddball Comedy Festival.
Tell us about the Oddball Comedy Festival
It’s the second year of the Oddball Tour, our first time in Salt Lake City, but it’s a big tour. We have Louie CK, Sarah Silverman, I can’t remember all of them in Salt Lake, and it changes every city. Jeff Wilson and Live Nation Comedy just had the idea to have a big comedy tour at these outdoor amphitheater. It hasn’t been done before, and it’s been really cool, very different and very exciting.
What’s comedy like in the day time in an outdoor amphitheater?
It’s different when it’s day time. If it’s good comedians and the crowd gets into it, then it can be great doing comedy in the day time. It gets a little darker as the Main Stage starts. Ideally you want it to be darker when you’re doing comedy. If you’re doing dirty jokes people may not want to laugh at it in the day time because they feel more visible and people can see them, but it still works. If people are up for having a good time, it doesn’t matter if it’s sunlight or darkness.
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How did you get involved with the Oddball Comedy Festival?
I’ve had a good relationship with Funny or Die and when they were formulating this tour they started grabbing people that they know and people that they like. That was pretty much it. It was pretty mellow. It was just like, “Hey do you want to do this thing?”
Did you start in comedy?
No, I had actually started in music and was very serious about it for a very long time, but I had done some comedy, drama, and improv in grade school and high school. It was definitely part of my upbringing; I just didn’t make it more formal until I moved to New York in 2003.
How did you get involved with Comedy Bang Bang?
I was involved from the beginning. I had done Scott’s LIVE show and Podcast, as well as written the Comedy Bang Bang Theme song when it was a podcast, so it was a natural evolution from there.
You were part of ‘America’s Next Top Model’ last year as a fake director and nobody knew who you were. What was that like?
It was a surprise to me too. It was really, really fun wearing a stupid disguise which I improvised before getting on camera since they didn’t have a wardrobe for me. I just told them to grab me these few things, so I grabbed a woman’s sweater to wear.
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Chris Hardwick stopped in the studio on Friday morning to chat with the RFH crew about his dad, the professional and celebrity bowlers, being serious on stage as a comedian, The Nerdist Podcast, @Midnight and more. Here are the videos:
ANJELAH JOHNSON TOUR KINGSBURY HALL – SALT LAKE CITY, UT
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Date: 2013-03-22 Time: 8:00 PM Ticket Price: $29.50-$32.50
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