Interview/review: Bill Burr, Why Do I Do This?

Bill Burr has a new CD out this summer, Why Do I Do This?, and the live video recording of Burr’s performance gets its broadcast debut Aug. 31 on Comedy Central, with the DVD available Sept. 16. On the DVD, loaded with more than 80 minutes of extras, we see Burr engage in a drumming battle with his XM Radio co-host on Uninformed, Joe DeRosa. Burr also gives us a tour of the Skirball Center for Performing Arts at NYU where he taped the special, with backstage asides, and then a walkabout of the city and some of his past haunts, because, as he says on the DVD: "I don’t know how to tap-dance." So he sits down at Gotham Comedy Club, stands outside the old Boston Comedy Club (then Comedy Village before it closed), a club "that kicked my ass" when he first moved down from Boston. He exorcises demons at Dangerfield’s. He recalls the first time he sold out at Carolines. The DVD also includes the fan recording of his 2006 performance in Philadelphia on the Opie & Anthony Traveling Virus tour. But back to the actual show. I saw this special live and loved it. You can read about Bill Burr’s DVD taping here. Before we get to our most recent chat, here is a clip from his June 2007 apperance on The Late Show with David...

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