Bill Burr

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Bill Burr
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Burr performing in 2014
Birth name William Frederic Burr
Born (1968-06-10) June 10, 1968 (age 48)
Canton, Massachusetts, United States
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • film
  • television
  • podcast
Years active 1992–present
Genres
Subject(s)
  • Dating
  • self-deprecation
  • race relations
  • current events
  • political correctness
  • gender equality
  • sports
  • religion
  • climate change
Spouse Nia Hill (m. 2013)
Website www.billburr.com

William Frederic "Bill" Burr[1] (born June 10, 1968)[2] is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and podcaster who has released several stand-up comedy specials. Outside of stand-up comedy, 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. Burr, according to The New York Times, "has been one of the funniest, most distinctive voices in the country for years".[3]

Early life[edit]

Burr was born in Canton, Massachusetts.[4] He has German and Irish ancestry.[5][6] His father was a dentist.[7] In 1993, Burr obtained a bachelor's degree in radio from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.[2][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]

Career[edit]

Burr performing at the Anti Social Comedy tour at The Borgata in Atlantic City in January 2011

Burr's career began in 1992.[10] He moved to New York City in 1995.[2] Since May 2007, Bill 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 Hill, 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] 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. In the game, Bill plays 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]

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.

Burr stars in F Is for Family which premiered December 18, 2015 on Netflix. The show, an animated sitcom, is based around Burr's stand-up and the absurdity of political correctness. On April 17th, 2016 Netflix approved the show for a second season. Burr writes and executive produces the series along with Michael Price.[23]

Style[edit]

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".[6] In an interview with the 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".[25]

Personal life[edit]

Burr married his longtime girlfriend, producer and screenwriter Nia Renee Hill, in 2013.[6] She sometimes appears as a guest on Burr's podcast.[2] They reside in Los Angeles, California.[3][5] In November 2016, they announced that they are having a child together, which they will name Stanley after the Stanley Cup.[26]

Burr is an avid drummer and routinely performs alongside the Goddamn Comedy Jam. As of May 2015, he is also a licensed helicopter pilot.[27]

Discography[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]
  • Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way (2014) [Netflix]

Filmography[edit]

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- 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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mohr, Jay (Feb 24, 2013). "Mohr Stories with Bill Burr #1". Mohr Stories (Interview). Interview with Mohr Jay. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Bromley, Patrick. "Bill Burr - Biography". about.com. 
  3. ^ a b Zinoman, Jason (November 7, 2013). "This Guy's No Puppy Hugger: Bill Burr's Irate Comedy Style". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ a b Sullivan, James (May 10, 2015). "Bill Burr pulls no punches at Wilbur". The Boston Globe. 
  5. ^ a b Zaino III, Nick A. (May 7, 2015). "Bill Burr makes fearlessness fun". The Boston Globe. 
  6. ^ a b c Richardson, Jay (December 2, 2013). "Bill Burr: Breaking out of stereotype". The Scotsman. 
  7. ^ McManus, Brian (April 6, 2011). "Bill (Burr) of Rights". Philadelphia Weekly. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bill Burr '93 clowns with student crowd". emerson.edu. March 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "BILL BURR: WORKING IN THE WAREHOUSE". Comedy Central. 
  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". Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  12. ^ "PODCAST #26 " The Joe Rogan Experience". Blog.joerogan.net. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "PODCAST #91 " The Joe Rogan Experience". Blog.joerogan.net. 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. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  19. ^ L. Ray, Austin. "Bill Burr You People Are All the Same special review". The Spit Take. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  20. ^ Matt Wild (April 20, 2011). "Bill Burr – A day in the life of a working comedian". avclub.com. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  21. ^ Dave Coffey (December 1, 2011). "Comedian Bill Burr to perform at Calvin Theatre tonight". dailycollegian.com. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Q&A – Bill Burr (Kuby)". Breaking Bad blog at amctv.com. AMC. 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. 
  24. ^ Chocano, Carina (October 30, 2013). "Bill Burr Is the New Louis C.K.". Rolling Stone. 
  25. ^ Brownstein, Bill (March 31, 2015). "Bruins fan Bill Burr leads comics heading to Just for Laughs in July". Montreal Gazette. 
  26. ^ http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/4/4/b/44b6379eecd369a6/MMPC_11-21-16.mp3?c_id=13394202&destination_id=102121&expiration=1479763126&hwt=154a6b8753e163c71078136e5f53dc18
  27. ^ Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast, May 2015

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