Comedy Review: Hannibal Buress – The Tivoli, Brisbane (05.12.16)

Hannibal Buress came into Brisbane like a whirlwind. Giving a solid nearly 2 hour set and bringing a great troupe of supports The Tivoli reverberated with laughter last Monday. Even if you’ve missed Buress’s show, keep an eye out for more Al Jackson. The biology teacher turned comedian has a sharp tongue and jokes to burn your insides out with laughter like a science experiment gone wrong. Of course, the support show was a build-up for the main event – the man himself, Hannibal Buress.

As expected, he took a swing at Australians with his humour. This being his second tour he seemed to have a bit of know-how on our culture, or as much as an American traveller can. He had a lot to say about our drinking laws and the crowd groaned in unison along with him.

His very charismatic stance and unique voice him the ability to be a one-man show. However, this time he wasn’t. Like being in the live audience of the Late Show, Buress was accompanied by DJ Tony Trimm. Far from a comedian, but the right level of self-effacing, humble tune master – he was the perfect company to Hannibal’s outgoing attitude.

That’s right, unlike his previous comedy this time it seemed like the comedian had a more solid footing in his own self-worth. Much more daring, incredibly controversial and generally loud and proud about his life it was a great display. From his educational course on the school of rap, to why he hates funerals, we saw a lot about Buress come out.

Hannibal Buress first came into my life reincarnated as Lincoln from Broad City. But I feel like that pisses him off. Especially after he told the story of a woman who seemed to be into him just to get the scoop on the next Broad City season.

Regardless, I think we’ll be seeing more of Hannibal soon. From his demeanour, and quick rise in popularity it seems clear he’s on his way.


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