Day: August 6, 2009

Hannibal Buress kills it on Fallon, even while I’m Gchatting him up

One of my favorite up-and-coming stand-up comedians is Hannibal Buress, a Chicago native who now lives in New York City. Last night, he killed it on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and this weekend, he'll be slaying audiences at my original "home" club in Seattle, the Comedy Underground. Go see Hannibal, wherever he is performing. You will laugh! A lot! I think he's one of the freshest, smartest voices in stand-up right now, and his laid-back vibe and insight reminds me a bit of Mitch Hedberg, in only the best ways. Here's his performance from last night's Fallon, with routines about apple juice, his name and more: His website is still under construction. You can follow my coverage of Hannibal Buress, or follow him on Twitter @hannibalburess. Through the magic of technology, Buress and I happened to both be on Gmail last night when the show came on, and I've included a portion of our chat…after the jump… 1:23 AM me: Morning Joe is setting you up  Hannibal: how so 1:24 AM me: putting everyone into a nice lull!  Hannibal: ha 1:25 AM me: not for long 1:27 AM haha   look at you and Mindy in the green room!  Hannibal: ha  me: you can throw a pillow at the camera, but we still see you 1:28 AM Hannibal: yeah 1:30 AM me: it's happening 5 minutes 1:35 AM me: funny funny   when do you fly...

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Exclusive interview with Jim Jeffries in his hotel room

I had the chance to spend more than a few minutes with comedian Jim Jeffries in his hotel room during the Just For Laughs Chicago comedy festival earlier this summer, and no, he did not touch me. Not physically. His website is now called Jim Jefferies, because that's his name now. Did you know that? You should, because I had told you he changed his name earlier this year for his first HBO special, which debuted in May. When I caught up with him in June, I asked him about the name change, plus got his thoughts on playing American comedy clubs, being known as an offensive comedian, and what he now knows about baseball, thanks to an autographed ball from Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. Jim Jefferies hosts tonight's taping of Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, kicking off four nights of tapings at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. OK. Enough intro. Want to know what Jim Jeffries' real name is? Roll the clips! Here Jim Jeffries explains the differences between working in American comedy clubs versus his usual gigs in the U.K. Since Jim Jeffries has developed a bit of a reputation as an "offensive" stand-up, does it help when audiences don't know who he is before hearing him for the first time? Let him explain: Just For Laughs Chicago gave Jim Jeffries a baseball signed by...

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