Two minutes into our conversation, comedian Hannibal Buress
stops to take another call. “Sorry,” he says when he comes back to the phone. “I had to have a big bottled water conversation with the hotel’s front desk.” Before the interruption, Buress, a former writer for 30 Rock
, was explaining his attitude about making comedy accessible to the average audience member. “I try to make stuff relatable, but first, it has to be funny. It doesn’t have to be a familiar experience or situation for it to be funny. Chris Rock has a bit about being at the White House and talking to Michelle Obama. I haven’t been to the White House or talked with Michelle Obama. I think 99 percent of the people in the country haven’t either, but Chris Rock can still make his story funny to me even though I haven’t been through the exact same thing.”
Most of the current tour is new material, he says. “There’s not like a theme or anything; it’s just stuff I want to talk about. It’s a lot of dark material. It’s funny, but it’s got a dark tone.”
A knock at his hotel room door calls Buress away again. A few seconds later, he comes back. “I just got delivered four hotel bottled waters — put that in the article. I’m doing it big out here,” he deadpans. “I take that power really seriously. I want to inspire kids across the country, you know, tell them, hey, one day you might be doing a phone interview and have to stop because the hotel is delivering you bottled water.”
7:30 p.m. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline. For information, visit hob.com. $25 to $29.
Sun., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., 2014