Hannibal Buress To Join Comedy “Tag”
Hannibal Buress, along with Jeremy Renner are reportedly in negotiations to join the New Line comedy “Tag”. The film is based on a true story featured in the Wall Street Journal about a group of friends who have been playing a no-holds-barred version of the children’s game Tag for the last 30 years.
Details of Renner and Buress’ roles are currently unknown, other than the fact that they will be part of the core group of friends.
Buress has been featured in The Awkward Comedy Show special on Comedy Central, and alongside comics Baron Vaughn, Eric André, Marina Franklin, and Victor Varnado, and on the FX sitcom Louie. He currently co-stars as Eric Andre’s sidekick on The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim. His first stand-up comedy album My Name is Hannibal was released on July 27, 2010.
He made headlines in 2014, after he was video recorded doing an extended bit about existing rape allegations against comedian Bill Cosby. Buress addressed Cosby’s legacy of “talk[ing] down” to young black men about their mode of dress and lifestyle. Buress criticized the actor’s public moralizing by saying,
Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby, so that kind of brings you down a couple notches.
The audience appeared to respond to Buress’s accusation as an incredulous joke before he encouraged everyone to “Google ‘Bill Cosby rape'” when they got home. Buress had been using the same Cosby routine for the previous six months with little response, but the October performance went viral after being posted on Philadelphia magazine’s website.