Red haired, wiry and downright pissed off at times, the one thing you cannot claim about Bill Burr is that he isn’t funny. This stand-up comedian has evolved into one of TV’s most featured “hey where have I seen that guy before” actors in the business today. With his dry impeccable wit, razor sharp sarcasm, and straight forward delivery he has carved out his own niche in the entertainment industry.
Born William Frederich Burr in 1968 Canton, Massachusetts, Bill didn’t really take to performing regularly until after he graduated college. Once he completed his degree in Radio Studies from Emerson College in 1993, he spent a few years working odd jobs in warehouses and doing menial labor. His conversational and off-handed delivery likely stemmed from working shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow blue-collar New Englanders. It’s probably pretty safe to say that in most cases he was the funny guy at work.
He decided to move to New York in 1995 and really start cutting his teeth into stand-up comedy and performing. Through his early years, he worked in clubs, on radio shows, and slowly started earning appearances on the likes TV shows like “Townies” and “Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place” in the mid to late 90’s. By the early 2000’s his resume really started to grow with small roles in shows like “Law and Order”, “Chapelle Show”, and even offering his voice talents to the popular video game installment “Grand Theft Auto IV”.
Finally, in the year 2009 he got his first big break with an appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien doing stand-up. A year later he filmed and released his first full-length comedy special “Bill Burr: Let it Go” which was filmed in the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. The special was done for Comedy Central and was the first of several he has done to massively positive reception from fans and comedy critics alike.
His comedy star has only continued to rise since then with appearances in movies “Date Night” and the “The Heat” going toe-to-toe with the likes of comedy giants Steve Carrell, Tina Fey, and Melissa McCarthy. These movie successes were accompanied by two more full length feature stand-up specials titled “You People Are All the Same” in 2012 and “Bill Burr: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way” in 2014, both of which were released on Netflix. His relationship with Netflix continued to grow with the release of the animated series “F is for Family” in 2016, based on the fictionalized account of Burr’s early life, which has already been renewed for a second season.
One of the greatest highlight of Burr’s career was his reoccurring character on the award winning drama “Breaking Bad”, where he played a beloved henchmen named Kuby.
It would appear that Burr is not slowing down, and his blood pressure is getting no lower as he continues to work and spread his high stung brand of rage-filled comedy to the delight of fans around the world.
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