Enter the mind of Hannibal Buress, where people kick pigeons, rap videos get sequels, and nobody asks him if Hannibal is his real name.
It is, in case you were wondering.
The former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock writer, and current co-star of Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show” is bringing his laid-back brand of comedy to Red Hook Park on June 24.
The free show won’t be the comic’s first time in the borough. In fact, Buress — who was awarded Best Club Comedian by the 2012 Comedy Awards — has been honing his skills right here in Brooklyn.
“When I perform in another city, I’m usually headlining, but in Brooklyn, the shows are usually free,” said Buress, who hosts the Knitting Factory’s comedy night every Sunday in Williamsburg. “I get to experiment and try out a lot of new material when I perform in Brooklyn.”
With an act that delves into Hasidic Jewish culture and handlebar mustaches, Buress is more than familiar with the Williamsburg scene.
“Williamsburg is an interesting neighborhood,” the comic said. “If you’re on Bedford Avenue on a Sunday afternoon, it’s the best place for people-watching — there’s so many characters here.”
His relaxed tone and nonchalant delivery let Buress turn narrative storytelling into comedic gold, landing him appearances on “Conan”, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and “The Late Show with David Letterman,”
The comedian is a rising star, but he doubts his success will change him much — or lure him away from his borough of choice.
“If I made a lot of money, I’d probably just get a better place here,” he said. “I like Williamsburg. It’s a good mixture of Brooklyn and Manhattan.”
Summerstage: Comedy Central Live Presents Hannibal Buress at Red Hook Park [Bay St. between Columbia and Clinton streets, www.nycgovparks.org]. Free, June 24, 7 pm.
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