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.
  • Stand-up
  • film
  • television
  • podcast
Years active 1992–present
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, podcaster and social critic. He has released five stand-up specials, outside of stand-up, he is known for hosting 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 has Irish, German and French ancestry.[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 [his] boss gave [him] a rough time, [he] could just get on a forklift and just, like, drive away".[9]


Bill Burr on stage during the Opie and Anthony's Traveling Virus Comedy Tour in 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.

He 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.

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.[19]

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.[20][21] 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.[22] 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.[23]

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


Rolling Stone magazine called Burr "the undisputed heavyweight champ of rage-fueled humor".[24] Burr often portrays himself as "that loud guy in the bar" with "uninformed logic";[25] 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".[26] The New York Times in 2013 called Burr "one of the funniest, most distinctive voices in the country for years".[27]

Burr cites George Carlin, Sam Kinison, Patrice O'Neal, and Richard Pryor as his comedic influences.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Burr married producer, director, and screenwriter Nia Hill in 2013,[25][29] she sometimes appears as a guest on Burr's podcast.[3] They reside in Los Angeles, California,[6][27] their daughter was born on January 20, 2017.[30]

Burr is a drummer and routinely performs alongside the Goddamn Comedy Jam,[31][32] he is also a licensed helicopter pilot.[33]

Comedy albums and specials[edit]

  • Emotionally Unavailable (2003) [CD]
  • Emotionally Unavailable: Expanded Edition (2007) [CD]
  • Why Do I Do This? (2008) [CD/DVD]
  • 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]


Year Title Credit Notes
Actor Writer Producer
1996 Townies Yes 15 episodes; role: Ryan Callahan
1998 Two Guys and a Girl Yes 1 episode; role: Fitzey
2001 Perfect Fit Yes Role: Doorman
2002 Passionada Yes Role: Blackjack Player
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Yes Episode: "Maledictus"; role: Jogger
2004 Chappelle's Show Yes 3 episodes; role: Various
2005 One Night Stand Yes 1 episode; role: Himself
2006 Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza Yes 1 episode
2007 Twisted Fortune Yes 3 episodes; role: Various
2007 Playing Chicken Yes Role: Tim
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Yes Video game; role: Jason Michaels (voice)
2008 Why Do I Do This? Yes Yes Stand-up special; role: Himself
2009 Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned Yes Video game; role: Jason Michaels (voice)
2010 Date Night Yes Role: Detective Walsh
2010 Let It Go Yes Yes Stand-up special; role: Himself
2011 Cheat Yes Yes Yes Role: DBilly
2011–13 Breaking Bad Yes 5 episodes; role: Kuby
2012 Stand Up Guys Yes Role: Larry
2012 You People Are All the Same. Yes Yes Stand-up special; role: Himself
2013 The Heat Yes Role: Mark Mullins
2013-16 New Girl Yes 2 episodes; role: Bobby
2014 Walk of Shame Yes Role: Officer Walter
2014 Maron Yes Episode: "The Joke"; role: Himself
2014 Zombeavers Yes Role: Joseph
2014 Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Episode: "Smoking Past the Band "; role: Himself
2014 I'm Sorry You Feel That Way Yes Yes Stand-up special; role: Himself
2014 Black or White Yes Role: Rick Reynolds
2014–15 Kroll Show Yes 6 episodes; role: Detective Smart
2015 The Jim Gaffigan Show Yes Episode: "My Friend the Priest"'; role: Himself
2015 Daddy's Home Yes Role: Jerry
2015–present F Is for Family Yes Yes Yes Role: Frank Murphy (voice); co-creator
2016 The Simpsons Yes Episode: "The Town", role: Boston football fan 1 (voice)
2017 Walk Your Way Out Yes Yes Stand-up special; role: Himself
2018 The Front Runner Yes Role: George McGovern


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  5. ^ McManus, Brian (April 6, 2011). "Bill (Burr) of Rights". Philadelphia Weekly. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. 
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  7. ^ Tupica, Rich (September 30, 2015). "Q&A: Bill Burr and The Art of Stand Up". Revue. 
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  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". Archived from the original on January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "PODCAST #91 " The Joe Rogan Experience". Archived from the original on January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
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  15. ^ "Nerdist Podcast #24: Bill Burr " Nerdist". Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
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  17. ^ "NLO 709: Burrned". Nobody Likes Onions. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
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  21. ^ Dave Coffey (December 1, 2011). "Comedian Bill Burr to perform at Calvin Theatre tonight". Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Q&A – Bill Burr (Kuby)". Breaking Bad blog at AMC. Archived from the original on April 20, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  23. ^ "F is for Family: Original, Animated Series From Bill Burr Coming Exclusively to Netflix". PR Newswire. October 23, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
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  30. ^ 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.
  31. ^ "Slash and Duff Reunited With MA Comedian Bill Burr On Drums". Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  32. ^ "What a year it's been for The Goddamn Comedy Jam -". Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  33. ^ "The Dudley and Bob Show - Bill Burr Interview".  October 6, 2017
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