Comedian Hannibal Buress earns standing ovation

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Award-winning stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress performed at TCU Friday night as part of an ongoing series of comedians brought to campus by theEND.

Buress earned a standing ovation from the nearly full Ed Landreth Auditorium after an hour-long set that displayed his unique blend of observational and absurdist humor.

The 2012 Comedy Awards’ winner for Best Club Comic, Buress stopped at TCU as part of a tour that will take him across the country. He riffed on subjects such as rap music, having imaginary children and life on the road as a comedian.

Buress also threw in some localized humor for the Horned Frog crowd, with jokes about fraternity and sorority life and the college football playoff.

Emily McIntyre, a first-year business major who attended the show, said the highlight for her was Buress’s examination of opening lines in rap songs.

After his on-stage DJ played the opening five seconds of a famous hip-hop song, Buress would break it down and examine why most of them made little to no sense.

His routine won over many in the crowd who were unfamiliar with Buress before Friday night’s show, such as Kaylee Bowers, a first-year journalism major.

“I had never heard of him,” Bowers said. After seeing the show, she added, “he’s pretty cool.”

Buress’s jokes landed consistently throughout the night, and he thanked the crowd at the end for being a great audience.

The crowd also gave a warm reception to Buress’s opening act, Janell James, whose thirty-minute routine set the tone for the night.

Buress was just one of many comedians who will visit TCU as part of an effort by theEND, an on-campus activities organization, to provide alcohol-free programming for students on the weekends.

The next comedian to perform will be Demetri Martin, who has received many accolades for his routine, which features humorous charts and graphs.

Martin will perform at 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, at the Ed Landreth Auditorium.