Speaking of talk shows, I love The Eric Andre Show and often have a hard time trying to explain it to people. How did he pitch that to you?
He had been doing live versions of it in New York back in .. ‘08? He was doing different live versions and pitched it like, “I’m doing this thing and I want you to play the co-host,” and then we shot it. He sent it to me and it looked weird, and it was funny. Then some time passed and nothing happened with it. I would always joke with him, like, “Hey man, what happened to that one thing we shot that ain’t nothing?” I wasn’t mad or anything, but then it ended up getting picked up by Adult Swim. But yeah, he just pitched it as this weird talk show and we shot it in this abandoned bodega in Brooklyn.
But it was cool man. And the show has done really well. I forget how he pitched it to me. I think he just said to me, “I’m shooting this thing, can you do it?” and at that point I was just shooting whatever people asked me. I wasn’t shooting much. I wasn’t working that much. So yeah, I’ll do that. Let’s do it.
Are you working on the third season?
They’ve started production, writing and stuff. We start shooting in May.
You also do a voice on Chozen. Do you have a preference between voice acting, The Eric Andre Show, and live action?
Voice acting is cool just because it’s very quick and you can get to see your character get animated, which is a real weird thing to just watch, and [you get] to see a story come together like that. They’re different. I mean, out of everything I like doing stand-up. But acting is cool just to see how people connect with stuff. People obviously connect with live action in a different way than animated characters for the most part. I enjoy both of them, but I’d have to go with live action over animation just because it’s more fun.
Animation, you’re just by yourself in a studio and you might make these people in your headphones laugh, but it’s hard to get the energy to go off of. It’s more, say these lines a few times and then move on to the next line, but there’s nobody to play off of. In a studio set, even on set at a TV show, you have the energy where you can just try to make the camera guys break or somebody break, or try to throw them off. That’s the difference: you have somebody to play off.
And stand-up is your first love, above acting?
Yeah, I like stand-up a lot just because I have control, I can do what I want. It’s just fun to have my ideas and my thoughts and be able to put them [together] in a way… and have people want to pay money to hear it.
I really liked your special, Hannibal Buress Live From Chicago, and especially how you incorporated side bits like the Riff-Raff bit and the music cues so it’s not just straight stand-up. Was that to keep the energy up?
I talk about rap lyrics, and there’s a lot of things we weren’t able to keep in because of clearances, but it’s just fun to have different energy. For me, too, because then it’s not just me talking for an hour and a half. I have some other sounds or some other voices coming on speakers and something else to react to. It’s just a way of giving me something else to react to, and the audience something else to react to.
Will you do more of that in the future?
Yeah, I think so. It’s just fun. On my next tour — which I don’t know when that will be, maybe late this year — [I want to] try to figure out ways to incorporate more video and other things into the stand-up.