Standup comedy star Hannibal Buress pursues laughs at his own pace

Hannibal Buress often thought he’d write and direct movies someday. Now it seems like he won’t. It’s the Star’s fault.

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Hannibal Buress returns to Toronto’s JFL42 on Thursday. (WILLY SANJUAN/INVISION/AP)

Hannibal Buress often thought he’d write and direct movies someday. Now it seems like he won’t. It’s the Star’s fault.

The comedian will be able to concentrate on his thriving standup career — including his JFL42 show on Thursday at Toronto’s Sony Centre — and acting gigs now that, in the course of a recent phone interview, he examined those other aspirations and realized if he had a passion for it, he’d be doing it by now.

“I’ve been talking about that for years, ‘oh, yeah, I should write. I got an idea.’ But I must not really want to do that s–t … This is a good session, man,” he says, cackling over the line, casting his interviewer as his therapist.

He’s happy enough to act in other people’s comedies — including two movies already this year, Tag and Blockers, and his recurring roles on Broad City and The Eric Andre Show — in part because it drives attendance at his performances. Not that he’s been chasing stage time. He took this summer off, he says, even though his last special, Comedy Camisado, came out 2½ years back on Netflix, which has released more than 100 other standup specials since then, including four by Dave Chappelle.

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