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Q&A: Comedian Hannibal Buress on NYC Entertainment and Eats

We asked Chicago native Hannibal Buress (Comedy Central’s Broad City, The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon) about working and living in NYC.

Hannibal Buress (Comedy Central’s Broad City, The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon) appears at Town Hall Nov. 7 as part of the 2014 New York Comedy Festival. We recently asked the Chicago native about working and living in NYC.

Q: You are originally from Chicago. How do you like living in New York City? 

A: Chicago is more spread out and more residential. There are a few areas that are always hustling, and it’s way cheaper to live in Chicago and easier to buy property. But I moved here for work. There are so many comedy clubs, so many different entertainment mediums where you can watch and learn. If you really want to get out there and work out material, New York City is the place to be. It’s also an easy city to navigate, and it’s a late-night city.  On top of that, it‘s always bustling. 

Q: Do you have any favorite places around town?

A: Well, I live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and I love the neighborhood. It’s fun, and it’s a great place to walk around, even without having a plan. There is a good energy here. There are also great restaurants: My favorite is Dokebi, on Grand St. They have a good bibimbap: It‘s my regular spot, if I’m going out for lunch.

Q: Anything special about a NYC comedy club crowd?

A: It can be half Norweigan, or all Latino, or all black, or a mix of everyone. That’s the great thing about the New York City crowd. It always varies, depending on where you are performing.