Bill Burr

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Bill Burr
Bill Bill 2008.jpg
Burr in July 2008
Birth name William Frederic Burr
Born (1968-06-10) June 10, 1968 (age 49)
Canton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • film
  • television
  • podcast
Years active 1992–present
Genres
Subject(s)
Spouse Nia Hill
(m. 2013)
Children 1
Website Official website

William Frederic Burr (born June 10, 1968) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and podcaster. He has released six stand-up specials. Outside of stand-up, he hosts the Monday Morning Podcast, playing Patrick Kuby in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad, and creating and starring in the Netflix animated sitcom F Is for Family. In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked him 17th on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time.[1]

Early life[edit]

William Frederic Burr[2] was born on June 10, 1968[3] in Canton, Massachusetts,[4] the son of nurse Linda Ann (née Wigent) and dentist Robert Edmund Burr.[5] He is of German, Irish and French descent.[6] Burr graduated from high school in 1987.[7] In 1993, Burr obtained a bachelor's degree in radio from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.[3][8] Before starting his comedy career, he worked in warehouses; he stated that he enjoyed this job because "if my boss gave me a rough time, I could just get on a forklift and just, like, drive away".[9]

Career[edit]

Burr on stage during Opie and Anthony's Traveling Virus Comedy Tour in August 2006

Burr's career began in 1992.[10] He moved to New York City in 1995.[3] Since May 2007, Burr has recorded a weekly one-hour podcast, Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast, in which he speaks about his past and recent experiences, current events, going on tour, and sports, and offers advice to questions submitted by the listeners. The podcast is available on Burr's website and on the All Things Comedy network. He is sometimes joined by his wife, Nia, and has featured guests and interviews with other comedians.

Burr also appears as a guest on radio shows and other comedians' podcasts, such as the now defunct Opie and Anthony Show, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, The Adam Carolla Show,[11] The Joe Rogan Experience,[12][13] WTF with Marc Maron,[14] The Nerdist Podcast,[15] and Nobody Likes Onions.[16][17] Burr was also the very first guest on Tom Green's podcast. On April 18, 2011, he guest hosted the Hollywood Babble-On podcast alongside Ralph Garman.[18]

In 2008, Burr's voice was featured in the game Grand Theft Auto IV as Jason Michaels of the biker gang The Lost MC in the mission "No Love Lost". In 2009, he reprised his role in the game's expansion pack The Lost and Damned.

Bill Burr's first hour-long special, Why Do I Do This?, took place in New York in 2008.[19]

Burr's special Let it Go was recorded at The Fillmore in San Francisco and premiered on Comedy Central on September 18, 2010. A later special, You People Are All The Same, premiered in 2012 as a Netflix exclusive.[20]

In 2014, Burr filmed his fourth hour-long special I'm Sorry You Feel That Way at the Tabernacle Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The film was shot in black and white, which is rare for modern comedy specials.[21]

He was a regular on Chappelle's Show during its brief run.

Burr has been referred to as a "comedian's comedian" by observers of the US stand-up comedy circuit, meaning a comedian whose work is followed and appreciated by fellow professional comedians.[22][23] Burr appeared in the movie Date Night as Detective Walsh. He has also appeared in the fourth and fifth seasons of AMC's Breaking Bad as Patrick Kuby.[24] He played Mark Mullins in the 2013 buddy cop film The Heat.

He stars in F Is for Family which premiered December 18, 2015 on Netflix. The show, an animated sitcom, draws on Burr's stand-up and the absurdity of political correctness. On April 17, 2016 Netflix approved the show for a second season. Burr writes and executive produces the series along with Michael Price.[25]

Burr's fifth hour-long special, Walk Your Way Out, debuted on Netflix on January 31, 2017.

Style[edit]

Rolling Stone magazine called Burr "the undisputed heavyweight champ of rage-fueled humor".[26] Burr often portrays himself as "that loud guy in the bar" with "uninformed logic".[27] In an interview with The Boston Globe, Burr stated, "I'm the 'dude, bro' guy."[4] According to Montreal Gazette, Burr is "a cynic and a contrarian who has never paid any heed to political correctness".[28] The New York Times in 2013 called Burr "one of the funniest, most distinctive voices in the country for years".[29]

Burr cites George Carlin, Bill Cosby, Sam Kinison, Patrice O'Neal, and Richard Pryor as his comedic influences.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Burr married producer, director, and screenwriter Nia Hill in 2013.[27][31] She sometimes appears as a guest on Burr's podcast.[3] They reside in Los Angeles, California.[6][29] Their daughter, Lola,[32] was born on January 20, 2017.[33]

Burr is a drummer and routinely performs alongside the Goddamn Comedy Jam.[34][35] He is also a licensed helicoptor pilot.[36]

Comedy albums and specials[edit]

  • Emotionally Unavailable (2003) [CD]
  • Emotionally Unavailable: Expanded Edition (2007) [CD]
  • Why Do I Do This? (2008) [CD/DVD/Netflix]
  • Let It Go (2010) [CD/DVD/Netflix]
  • You People Are All The Same (2012) [Netflix and download]
  • Live at Andrew's House (2014) [limited vinyl release]
  • I'm Sorry You Feel That Way (2014) [Netflix]
  • Walk Your Way Out (2017) [Netflix]

Works[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Credit Notes
Actor Writer Producer Role
2001 Perfect Fit Yes Doorman Credited as "Billy Burr"
2002 Passionada Yes Blackjack Player
2007 Twisted Fortune Yes Unknown character
2010 Date Night Yes Detective Walsh
2011 Cheat Yes Billy Short film
2012 Stand Up Guys Yes Larry
2013 The Heat Yes Mark Mullins
2014 Walk of Shame Yes Officer Walter
2014 Zombeavers Yes Joseph
2014 Black or White Yes Rick Reynolds
2015 Daddy's Home Yes Jerry
2017 Daddy's Home 2 Yes Jerry cameo
2018 The Front Runner Yes George McGovern Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Credit Notes
Actor Writer Producer Role
1996 Townies Yes Ryan Callahan 15 episodes; credited as "Billy Burr"
1998 Two Guys and a Girl Yes Fitzey Episode: "Two Guys, a Girl and a Party"; credited as "Billy Burr"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Yes Jogger Episode: "Maledictus"
2003 Comedy Central Presents Yes Himself Episode: "Bill Burr"
2004 Chappelle's Show Yes Various characters 3 episodes
2005 One Night Stand Yes Himself Episode: "Bill Burr"
2006 Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza Yes Himself 1 episode
2008 Why Do I Do This? Yes Yes Himself Stand-up special
2010 Let It Go Yes Yes Himself Stand-up special
2011–13 Breaking Bad Yes Kuby 5 episodes
2012 You People Are All the Same. Yes Yes Himself Stand-up special
2013-16 New Girl Yes Bobby 2 episodes
2014 Maron Yes Himself Episode: "The Joke"
2014 I'm Sorry You Feel That Way Yes Yes Himself Stand-up special
2014–15 Kroll Show Yes Detective Smart 6 episodes
2015 The Jim Gaffigan Show Yes Himself Episode: "My Friend the Priest"
2015–present F Is for Family Yes Yes Yes Frank Murphy (voice) Also creator
2016 The Simpsons Yes Boston football fan #1 (voice) Episode: "The Town"
2017 Walk Your Way Out Yes Yes Himself Stand-up special
2018 Crashing Yes Himself Season 2, episode 3

Comedy Specials[edit]

Year Title Notes
2003 Emotionally Unavailable CD release
2003 Comedy Central Presents Stand-up half hour
2005 One Night Stand Stand-up half hour
2008 Why Do I Do This? First Stand-up special
2010 Let It Go Second Stand-up special
2011 Live At Andrew's House Limited vinyl release
2012 You People Are All the Same Third Stand-up special
2014 I'm Sorry You Feel That Way Fourth Stand-up special
2017 Walk Your Way Out Fifth Stand-up special

Discography[edit]

Year Title Notes
2003 Emotionally Unavailable Expanded Edition Released in 2007
2008 Why Do I Do This?
2010 Let It Go
2014 Live at Andrew's House Vinyl release

Video games[edit]

Year Title Credit Notes
Actor Writer Producer Role
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Yes Jason Michaels (voice) Including The Lost and Damned (2009) expansion pack

References[edit]

  1. ^ Love, Matthew (February 14, 2017). "50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time". Rolling Stone. 
  2. ^ Mohr, Jay (Feb 24, 2013). "Mohr Stories with Bill Burr #1". Mohr Stories (Interview). Interview with Mohr Jay. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Bromley, Patrick. "Bill Burr - Biography". about.com. 
  4. ^ a b Sullivan, James (May 10, 2015). "Bill Burr pulls no punches at Wilbur". The Boston Globe. 
  5. ^ McManus, Brian (February 19, 2018). "Bill (Burr) of Rights". etcnepal. 
  6. ^ a b Zaino III, Nick A. (May 7, 2015). "Bill Burr makes fearlessness fun". The Boston Globe. Burr traces his work ethic to Canton, where he grew up in a big German-Irish family. 
  7. ^ Tupica, Rich (September 30, 2015). "Q&A: Bill Burr and The Art of Stand Up". Revue. 
  8. ^ "Bill Burr '93 clowns with student crowd". emerson.edu. March 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Bill Burr: Working in the Warehouse". Comedy Central. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Dom Irrera Live from The Laugh Factory with Bill Burr". Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Adam Carolla Show, Aug 8, 2011. Bill Burr". Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  12. ^ "PODCAST #26 " The Joe Rogan Experience". Blog.joerogan.net. Archived from the original on January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "PODCAST #91 " The Joe Rogan Experience". Blog.joerogan.net. Archived from the original on January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  14. ^ "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast – Episode 37 – Bill Burr". Wtfpod.libsyn.com. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Nerdist Podcast #24: Bill Burr " Nerdist". Nerdist.com. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  16. ^ "NLO 695: The Bill Burr Diet". Nobody Likes Onions. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  17. ^ "NLO 709: Burrned". Nobody Likes Onions. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Hollywood Babble-On #29". April 18, 2011. Archived from the original on December 23, 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  19. ^ Hartman, Shannon (2008-08-23), Bill Burr: Why Do I Do This?, Bill Burr, retrieved 2018-02-07 
  20. ^ L. Ray, Austin. "Bill Burr You People Are All the Same special review". The Spit Take. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way". Wikipedia. 2017-07-20. 
  22. ^ Matt Wild (April 20, 2011). "Bill Burr – A day in the life of a working comedian". avclub.com. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  23. ^ Dave Coffey (December 1, 2011). "Comedian Bill Burr to perform at Calvin Theatre tonight". dailycollegian.com. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Q&A – Bill Burr (Kuby)". Breaking Bad blog at amctv.com. AMC. Archived from the original on April 20, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  25. ^ "F is for Family: Original, Animated Series From Bill Burr Coming Exclusively to Netflix". PR Newswire. October 23, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  26. ^ Chocano, Carina (October 30, 2013). "Bill Burr Is the New Louis C.K." Rolling Stone. 
  27. ^ a b Richardson, Jay (December 2, 2013). "Bill Burr: Breaking out of stereotype". The Scotsman. Scotland. Archived from the original on March 22, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2017. 
  28. ^ Brownstein, Bill (March 31, 2015). "Bruins fan Bill Burr leads comics heading to Just for Laughs in July". Montreal Gazette. 
  29. ^ a b Zinoman, Jason (November 7, 2013). "This Guy's No Puppy Hugger: Bill Burr's Irate Comedy Style". The New York Times. 
  30. ^ http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/bill-burrs-top-five-stand-ups
  31. ^ Nia's Twitter, retrieved February 3, 2017 
  32. ^ Monday Morning Podcast, November 27, 2017
  33. ^ Burr in Kimmel, Jimmy (January 24, 2017). "Bill Burr on New Baby & The Patriots". Jimmy Kimmel Live (Interview). Interview with Jimmy Kimmel. Event occurs at 00:06. Retrieved January 29, 2017. ...Friday morning [January 20] . At 04:24 added, "She lay on my chest the whole time", confirming gender.
  34. ^ "Slash and Duff Reunited With MA Comedian Bill Burr On Drums". Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  35. ^ "What a year it's been for The Goddamn Comedy Jam -". thelaughbutton.com. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  36. ^ "The Dudley and Bob Show - Bill Burr Interview".  October 6, 2017

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