My Name is Hannibal: The Hannibal Montanabal Experience *****
Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ. 0131-556 6550 3-29 August 2011, £9-£11.50
Cool, confident and intelligent, American comedian Hannibal Burres is a favourite at the Montreal, Chicago, New York and Melbourne Comedy Festivals. Hannibal generates laughs with the laid back, quirky observations that have become his trademark style. Don’t miss this hilarious show! ‘The funniest young comic I’ve seen in years’ (Chris Rock), ‘Incredibly funny with a smart, unique style’ (Jim Gaffigan).
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Review of 11th August 2011 show *****
This was my last show of the Fringe 2011. You always hope to end the Fringe on a high note and Hannibal Burress certainly helped me to do just that with a show stopping hour of funny gags and amusing anecdotes.
This was a highly polished and accomplished show from a first timer to these shores. You understand why soon enough though as he refers to his script writing for Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock in America so clearly arrived in Scotland with quite an impressive track record. Hannibal’s laid back delivery and sharply delivered gags quickly won over a new audience. He came across as a warm, regular, unassuming guy which added to the overall performance. He wasn’t loud, brash and in your face as so many American’s can be, which was another bonus.
There were a couple of brief references to race from the African-American, but other than that he simply focused on the business of being funny, which was great as it can be a little monotonous to constantly do material comparing and contrasting black people with white people.
I liked the topical reference, with the riots going on, to how he’s give London a wide berth for the time being .. till October …. 2014!! Hannibal (yes that is his real name in case you were wondering), was also very funny were the anecdotes relating to his TV work such as working with Nicki Minaj and those involving doing College campus tours.
Well I certainly hope we won’t have to wait till 2014 to see him again. This newcomer to Britain was fantastic and he would be more than welcomed in London and across Britain at anytime.
© Tiemo Talk of the Town
Reviews of many more Edinburgh Fringe comedy shows 2011, 2010 and 2007, Scottish National Museums and art galleries, plus plays such as Murder and Mystery on the Menu, Othello and Spent can be read on this blog.
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