‘The Eric Andre Show,’ ‘Broad City’ star to headline fall comedy show

Kathleen White | Contributing Reporter

Hannibal Buress, known for his work as both an actor and writer on “The Eric Andre Show,” and his role as Lincoln Rice in “Broad City,” will headline Social Programming Board’s annual fall comedy show on Oct. 18 in Graham Chapel.

The original announcement made at 6 p.m. Sunday by SPB indicated that the comedy show would take place on Friday, Oct.13. The Facebook post was then taken down and corrected to the Wednesday, Oct. 18 date.

Hannibal Buress attends the premiere of the new “Baywatch” film in May. Buress, who performed at Washington University in 2012, will return for a comedy show, to be held Oct. 18.Matias J. Ocner | MCT Campus

Hannibal Buress attends the premiere of the new “Baywatch” film in May. Buress, who performed at Washington University in 2012, will return for a comedy show, to be held Oct. 18.

The originally stated date caused confusion among students due to its proximity to fall break. Senior Emily Byrn also believed it would result in lower attendance.

“Why is it happening on the Friday of fall break? I feel like a lot of people will be leaving, so I wonder if it will be poorly attended,” Byrn said of the original announcement.

Buress’ performance will mark a return to Washington University after he previously performed at the fall comedy show in 2012, where he was well received, mostly known at the time for his writing on “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock.”

Comedian Buress was chosen due to his high rating on the the student survey and popularity among students, according to SPB President and junior Noah Truwit.

“He performed extremely well on the survey and we knew he had an excellent name recognition so we are excited to invite him to campus. He has also appeared in many hit television shows and has a strong following on campus,” Truwit said.

Students including seniors Drea Gonzalez and Emily Byrn look forward to Buress’s performance, believing him to still be genuinely funny.

“He’s amazing. He’s one of the funniest people ever. I feel like he’s overlooked by a lot of bigger people that have gone mainstream,” Gonzalez said. “Ever since Kevin Hart went mainstream his comedy has gone down and since Hannibal Buress is kind of out there, I feel like he’s still genuinely funny. He doesn’t have to make disability jokes like Kevin Hart does.”

“He’s got great specials and he does this amazing bit on my favorite podcast. He’s great,” Byrn said.

Other students, like senior Poorva Jain, were unfamiliar with Burress and his work.

“My initial reaction is to look on Netflix. I think I’ve seen the name before but I’m not sure,” Jain said.

Despite the lack of recognition for some students, Truwit expects enthusiasm from the campus community as a whole.

“I am very excited about the expected attendance. Our comedy shows always perform very well and are events many students look forward to. I encourage students to bookmark the date in their calendars and get ready to laugh,” Truwit said.