Comedy Central’s Hannibal Buress will make his FAU debut

This year, the Homecoming Committee welcomes up-and-comer Hannibal Buress and looks to make the Comedy Show a Homecoming staple.


Hannibal Buress delivers his stand up act at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Emily Creighton, Features Editor

Fans of stand-up comedy won’t want to miss out on a show from rising, stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress.

Burress is known for his show, “Why? with Hannibal Buress,” on Comedy Central, co-hosting “The Eric Andre Show,” and script-writing for the hit shows “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock.”

Now, he is scheduled to bring his talents to FAU’s Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium on Oct. 26 for the annual Homecoming Comedy Show.

“He is extremely relevant and extremely popular,” said the Director of Homecoming Trevor Lewis. “If you watch his standup, he’s hilarious. He’s grown a whole bunch in the past year alone.”

Last October, Buress made headlines after making remarks in a video about the multiple rape allegations against Bill Cosby.

“You leave here and google ‘Bill Cosby rape,'” Hannibal says in the video. “It’s not funny. That sh– has more results than ‘Hannibal Buress.'”


However, Buress’ career started long before.

In 2007, he started making TV appearances with his stand-up routine. He started on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” and continuing with “Larry King Live” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

He’s made other TV appearances including “Louie” in 2010, “The Mindy Project”  and “Bob’s Burgers” in 2013 among others. He also had a part in the Zac Efron movie, “Neighbors.”

Past acts for the Homecoming comedy show include The Wayans Brothers last year, Judah Friedlander in 2013 and Ralphie Mays in 2012.

“We had the Wayans Brothers last year, and that’s a tough act to follow up,” said the Director of Homecoming, Trevor Lewis. “We had to cut people off because it was so popular. I’m hoping we can get that line wrapped around the Union.”

Junior neuroscience and behavior major Imani Murph  said, “I’m excited that he’s coming to FAU and I’m definitely going to the show. I think he has a very unique brand of humor that FAU students can appreciate.”

Seeing as the Comedy Show is predicted to have one of the most successful turnouts out of all the Homecoming events, the Homecoming Committee is gearing it more towards the University.

“In part with combining efficiencies and making sure we’re being as productive as possible, we’re combining our Homecoming Kickoff with our comedy show,” said Lewis. “We want to integrate Homecoming and make sure people know this is a Homecoming staple.”

To do so, the Homecoming court will be announced during the show. “They’re gonna be up on stage, and we’re gonna be recognizing them to make sure people know, ‘Hey, this your court. See who you’re going to be voting for on Homecoming 2015,’” explained Lewis.

There will also be a competition between Registered Student Organizations. Those that want to be involved can submit a 20 second video explaining what the week’s theme, Agents of Change, means to them. Students will vote, and the winner will be announced at the Comedy Show.

Lastly, FAU’s very own Aaron Shapiro, a graduate student and in-arena host for athletic events, will host the show. He said, “Hannibal is hilarious. Students are going to love him.”

Connor Ball contributed to the reporting of this story.