Hannibal Amir Buress (/ˈhænᵻbəl ˈbʌrᵻs/; born February 4, 1983) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer. Born and raised in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, Buress embarked on a comedy career in late 2009, gaining notable recognition after being featured in Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show, alongside various other comedians. This enabled Buress to release his first comedy album, My Name is Hannibal.
Buress is a native of Chicago, Illinois, who was raised in its Austin neighborhood, and is the son of Margaret, a teacher, and John Burress, who worked for Union Pacific Railroad. He was named after Carthaginian military commander Hannibal Barca. After attending Steinmetz College Prep, he briefly attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he became a friend of hip hop artist Open Mike Eagle, his resident adviser at the time.
Buress has been featured in The Awkward Comedy Show special on Comedy Central, and alongside comics Baron Vaughn, Eric André, Marina Franklin, and Victor Varnado, and on the FX sitcom Louie. He currently co-stars as Eric Andre’s sidekick on The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim. In July 2010, Buress made Variety magazine’s “Ten Comics to Watch in 2010” list.
His first stand-up comedy album My Name is Hannibal was released on July 27, 2010.