Ron (Nick), we’ll see you tomorrow night!
Hannibal Buress is from the West side of Chicago, and returned home to headline a show at the Park West. He is coming off of his Comedy Central Special, Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace, which was very funny.
At the top of the show he told the crowd that all the money from the night was going to be donated to the grammar school he attended on the west side, but he was going to be talking about some horrible things so it was “dirty money.” He then went on to talk about how the pig is more versatile than turkey, citing the fact that with pig you can have bacon, ham, pulled pork and with turkey you just get turkey. Also that Ms. Piggy was able to have sex with a frog.
Hannibal killed it for over an hour with all different material than his hour special. Even the stuff that you could tell he was still working on was funny. He had a DJ come out to play lines from hip hop songs so he could analyze how absurd they were.
To open the show, Hannibal had two openers, both who perform in the Chicagoland area often. One had a steesh and one didn’t. I’ll just link their names to their websites if you are interested in learning more about them. Both did an entertaining 15 minutes.
Stephan Merchant, who is the Emmy and Golden Globe award winning co-creator of BBC’s The Office has decided to try his hand at stand-up. I didn’t know what to expect going in, only having seen him on the Ricky Gervais Show. I don’t know if the show was very funny, or I was charmed by his British accent, but I really enjoyed the act.
Merchant made it pretty clear from the start of the show that he was attempting this new venture as a way to distance himself, and his money, from Ricky Gervais. He gave examples of ways that Ricky has overshadowed him in the past, including visuals of newspaper headlines and magazine articles.
Merchant tells plenty of jokes, but the show is more of an account told in stories of the difficultly brought on by being a 6′ 7″ nerd, and his unsuccessful attempt at finding a wife. For his first attempt at parting ways with Gervais, Merchant holds his own. The show is definitely worth checking out if you get a chance.
The show was garbage, but that accent is amazing.