William Frederick Burr (born June 10, 1968) is an American comedian, actor, and writer. He has released multiple stand-up comedy specials, most notably Why Do I Do This? (2008), Let It Go (2010), You People Are All the Same (2012), I'm Sorry You Feel That Way (2014), Walk Your Way Out (2017), and Paper Tiger (2019). The latter received a nomination for Best Comedy Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.

Bill Burr
Bill Burr by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Burr in July 2018
Born
William Frederick Burr

(1968-06-10) June 10, 1968 (age 54)
OccupationComedian, actor, writer, podcaster
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)
Nia Hill
(m. 2013)
Children2
Websitebillburr.com

Burr also created, co-wrote, and voiced the lead character in the Netflix animated sitcom F Is for Family (2015–2021). His other notable acting roles include Patrick Kuby in the AMC series Breaking Bad (2011–2013), Migs Mayfeld in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian (2019–present), and Ray Bishop in the film The King of Staten Island (2020). He has hosted the twice-weekly Monday Morning Podcast since 2007 and co-founded the All Things Comedy network in 2012.

Early lifeEdit

William Frederick Burr[1][2] was born in Canton, Massachusetts,[3] on June 10, 1968,[4] the son of nurse Linda Ann (née Wigent) and dentist Robert Edmund Burr. He is of German and Irish descent.[5] He graduated from high school in 1987.[6] In 1993, he obtained a bachelor's degree in radio from Emerson College in Boston,[4] where one of his professors was the writer David Foster Wallace.[7] He worked in warehouses before starting his comedy career, later stating that he enjoyed the freedom of the job: "If my boss gave me a rough time, I could just get on a forklift and just, like, drive away."[8]

CareerEdit

 
Burr performing in August 2006

Burr first performed stand-up comedy at the age of 23 on March 2, 1992.[9][10] He moved to New York City in 1994.[11] Since May 2007, Burr has recorded a weekly one-hour podcast, Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast, in which he speaks about his 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, Spotify, YouTube, and on the All Things Comedy network he co-founded in 2012. He is sometimes joined by his wife Nia and has featured guests and interviews with other comedians.[12] Burr premiered a new podcast co-hosted with fellow comedian Bert Kreischer, called the Bill Bert Podcast, in October 2019.

Burr also appears as a guest on radio shows and other comedians' podcasts, such as Opie and Anthony, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, The Adam Carolla Show,[13] The Joe Rogan Experience,[14][15] WTF with Marc Maron,[16] The Nerdist Podcast,[17] The Adam Buxton Podcast, and Nobody Likes Onions.[18][19] Burr was also the first guest on Tom Green's podcast. On April 18, 2011, he guest hosted the Hollywood Babble-On podcast alongside Ralph Garman.[20]

Burr has had sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden on November 14, 2015,[21][22] the Royal Albert Hall on June 6, 2018,[23] and consecutive shows on March 4 and 5, 2019.[24][25] He holds the record for the most consecutive sold-out shows at the Wilbur Theatre, where he performed 19 sold-out shows in a row, almost doubling the record of 10 set by Aziz Ansari.[26] Burr sold out 20,000 seats at the Los Angeles Forum on September 28, 2018.[27][28]

In the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV, Burr voiced 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 first hour-long special, Why Do I Do This? (2008), was filmed in New York.[29] 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.[30] In 2014, Burr filmed his fourth hour-long special I'm Sorry You Feel That Way at the Tabernacle Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. Unusual for modern comedy specials, the film was shot in black and white. He was also a regular on Chappelle's Show.

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.[31] He played Mark Mullins in the 2013 buddy cop film The Heat.

Burr voiced lead character Frank Murphy in F Is for Family, which premiered on Netflix on December 18, 2015. The show, an animated sitcom he created and co-wrote, drew on Burr's stand-up and the absurdity of political correctness. Season 4 of the series debuted on Netflix on June 12, 2020.[32] Burr writes and executive produces the series along with Michael Price.[33] Burr's fifth hour-long special, Bill Burr: Walk Your Way Out, debuted on Netflix on January 31, 2017. He appeared in the third episode (titled "Bill Burr") of the second season of the HBO series Crashing.[34]

Burr's sixth hour-long special, Paper Tiger, debuted on Netflix on September 10, 2019. In December 2019, he played Migs Mayfeld in two episodes of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian.

On October 10, 2020, Burr hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live for the first time.[35][36][37]

Burr's You People Are All the Same was the first stand-up special to premiere exclusively on Netflix and F Is for Family the first original Netflix animated series.

In March 2022, it was announced that Burr will make his feature directorial debut with Old Dads, which he will also write and star in.[38]

StyleEdit

Burr has been referred to as a "comedian's comedian" by observers of the American stand-up comedy circuit.[39][40]

Rolling Stone magazine called Burr "the undisputed heavyweight champ of rage-fueled humor".[41] Burr often portrays himself as "that loud guy in the bar" with "uninformed logic".[42] In an interview with The Boston Globe, Burr stated, "I'm the 'dude, bro' guy."[3] According to the Montreal Gazette, Burr is "a cynic and a contrarian who has never paid any heed to political correctness".[43] The New York Times in 2013 called Burr "one of the funniest, most distinctive voices in the country for years".[44]

Burr cites Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, Sam Kinison and Patrice O'Neal as the five greatest stand-up comedians of all time.[45]

PoliticsEdit

Burr voted for Green Party candidate Ralph Nader in the 2000 United States presidential election.[46] In an interview with Forbes, he said political correctness does not address the problems it is aimed at fixing – such as racism – since it only addresses vocabulary rather than changing the attitudes that people have. He said it has no answer for or impact on other major socio-political issues, like those about banks and pharmaceutical companies.[47][48][49][50][51][52]

Personal lifeEdit

Burr married actress and his long time partner Nia Renee Hill in 2013.[42][53] Their daughter was born on January 20, 2017.[54] Their son was born in June 2020.[55] They reside in Los Angeles.[5][44] Hill sometimes appears as a guest on his podcast.[4]

Burr is a licensed helicopter pilot.[56] In his spare time, he plays drums.[57] He enjoys heavy metal music[58][59] and is a fan of Metallica, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Pantera, Ministry, Slayer, Iron Maiden, and Meshuggah.[60] He cited drummers John Bonham and Dave Lombardo as inspirations for taking up drumming. Burr enjoys smoking cigars.[61]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Comics Come Home 2 Himself TV Movie
2001 Perfect Fit Doorman
2002 Passionada Blackjack Player
2006 Thirteen or Bust Himself
2007 Twisted Fortune -
Playing Chicken Tim TV Movie
2008 Purgatory Himself TV Movie
2009 The Burr Effect Himself TV Movie
2010 Date Night Detective Walsh
Date Night: Disaster Dates Himself Video short
2011 Cheat Billy Short
Give It Up for Greg Giraldo Himself Documentary
2012 Stand Up Guys Larry
2013 The Heat Mark Mullins
2014 Zombeavers Joseph
Walk of Shame Officer Walter
Black or White Rick Reynolds
2015 Daddy's Home Jerry
Pariah Joe TV Movie
2017 Daddy's Home 2 Jerry
Gilbert Himself Documentary
2018 The Front Runner Pete Murphy
2020 The King of Staten Island Ray Bishop
The Opening Act Barry
2021 The Guilty Nightclub Caller (voice)
Back Home Again Officer Quill (voice)
2022 Dog Police Officer
TBA Old Dads Jack Also director, writer, producer; Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Townies Ryan Callahan Main Cast
1997-08 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself 3 Episodes
1998 Two Guys and a Girl Fitzey Episode: "Two Guys, a Girl and a Party"
2000 Showtime at the Apollo Himself Episode: "Episode #14.8"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jogger Episode: "Maledictus"
2003 Comedy Central Presents Himself Episode: "Bill Burr"
I Love the '80s Strikes Back Himself Episode: "1980"
2003-05 Last Call with Carson Daly Himself 3 Episodes
2004 Chappelle's Show Various Characters 3 Episodes
Shorties Watchin' Shorties Himself 3 Episodes
2004-10 Just for Laughs Himself 3 Episodes
2005 Weekends at the D.L. Himself Episode: "Episode #1.15"
One Night Stand Himself Episode: "Bill Burr"
2006 Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza Himself Episode: "Episode #2.1"
Live at Gotham Himself/Host Episode: "Episode #1.4"
2008 Down and Dirty with Jim Norton Himself Episode: "Episode #1.3"
2009 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Himself Episode: "David Duchovny/Anna Friel/Bill Burr"
Top Story! Weekly Himself/Host TV Series
2011 The Green Room with Paul Provenza Himself Episode: "Episode #2.7"
Robins Himself Episode: "Bill Burr/Carola Häggkvist"
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Himself TV Series
Dave's Old Porn Himself Episode: "Bill Burr/Nina Hartley"
2011–13 Breaking Bad Patrick Kuby Recurring Cast: Season 4, Guest: Season 5a, Recurring Cast: Season 5b
2013–16 New Girl Bobby Episode: "Chicago" & "Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt"
2014 Maron Himself Episode: "The Joke"
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Himself Episode: Smoking Past the Band
2014–15 Kroll Show Detective Smart Recurring Cast: Season 2-3
2015 The Jim Gaffigan Show Himself Episode: "My Friend the Priest"
2015–21 F Is for Family Frank Murphy Main Cast
2016 The Simpsons Boston Football Fan (voice) Episode: "The Town"
2018 Crashing Himself Episode: "Bill Burr"
I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman Himself Episode: "S1 E14 - 9/27/18"
2019–20 The Mandalorian Migs Mayfeld Episode: "Chapter 6: The Prisoner" & "Chapter 15: The Believer"
2020 Puppy Dog Pals Butch (voice) Episodes: "Anchors Away/Prospector Pups"
Bob Saget's Here for You Himself Episode: "Bill Burr Brilliantly Rips Bob a New One"
Saturday Night Live Himself/Host Episode: "Bill Burr/Jack White"
2020-21 Bill Burr Presents: The Ringers Himself-Host TV Series
2021 Reservation Dogs Garrett Bobson Episodes: "California Dreamin'"
Immoral Compass Rick Main Cast

PodcastEdit

Year Title Role
2007–present Monday Morning Podcast Himself
2010, 2021 Your Mom's House Himself

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Jason Michaels (voice)
2009 Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned

Comedy albums and specialsEdit

Year Title Notes
2003 Emotionally Unavailable CD release
Comedy Central Presents Stand-up half hour
2005 One Night Stand
2008 Why Do I Do This?
2010 Let It Go
2012 You People Are All the Same Netflix special
2014 Live At Andrew's House Limited vinyl release
I'm Sorry You Feel That Way Netflix special
2017 Walk Your Way Out
2019 Paper Tiger
2021 Live From Madison Square Garden Vinyl release
2022 Bill Burr Presents Friends Who Kill Netflix special

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bill Burr on Podchaser". Podchaser. Archived from the original on December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  2. ^ Mohr, Jay (February 24, 2013). "Mohr Stories with Bill Burr #1". Mohr Stories (Interview). Interviewed by Mohr Jay. Archived from the original on April 27, 2020. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Sullivan, James (May 10, 2015). "Bill Burr pulls no punches at Wilbur". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Bromley, Patrick. "Bill Burr - Biography". about.com. Archived from the original on April 3, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Zaino III, Nick A. (May 7, 2015). "Bill Burr makes fearlessness fun". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2015. Burr traces his work ethic to Canton, where he grew up in a big German-Irish family.
  6. ^ Tupica, Rich (September 30, 2015). "Q&A: Bill Burr and The Art of Stand Up". Revue. Archived from the original on August 12, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Paranada, Daryl (March 4, 2015). "Bill Burr '93 clowns with student crowd". Emerson College. Archived from the original on November 21, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "Bill Burr: Working in the Warehouse". Comedy Central. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Dom Irrera Live from The Laugh Factory with Bill Burr". Archived from the original on June 23, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  10. ^ I'm Slowing Down - Bill Burr, retrieved February 27, 2022
  11. ^ Silvia, Erin (October 10, 2020). "Bill Burr: 5 Things To Know About The'Breaking Bad' Star Hosting 'SNL'". Hollywood Life. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  12. ^ "Bill Burr Net Worth in 2020, Birthday, Age, Wife and Child". Pure Net Worth. September 28, 2019. Archived from the original on November 17, 2019. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  13. ^ "The Adam Carolla Show, Aug 8, 2011. Bill Burr". Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  14. ^ "PODCAST #26 "The Joe Rogan Experience"". Blog.joerogan.net. Archived from the original on January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  15. ^ "PODCAST #91 "The Joe Rogan Experience"". Blog.joerogan.net. Archived from the original on January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  16. ^ "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast – Episode 37 – Bill Burr". Wtfpod.libsyn.com. Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  17. ^ "Nerdist Podcast #24: Bill Burr". Nerdist.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  18. ^ "NLO 695: The Bill Burr Diet". Nobody Likes Onions. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  19. ^ "NLO 709: Burrned". Nobody Likes Onions. Archived from the original on January 19, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  20. ^ "Hollywood Babble-On #29". April 18, 2011. Archived from the original on December 23, 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  21. ^ "Bill Burr - Madison Square Garden Show". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  22. ^ "Bill Burr". TD Garden.
  23. ^ "Bill Burr". Royal Albert Hall. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  24. ^ "Bill Burr Fills the Albert Hall in Trailer for New Netflix Special Paper Tiger". pastemagazine.com. August 29, 2019. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  25. ^ Radio, Pub Sports (September 11, 2019). "Review: Bill Burr Is Who We Thought He Was". Pub Sports Radio. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  26. ^ Goldstein, Meredith (May 19, 2015). "Comedian Bill Burr sets a record at the Wilbur - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  27. ^ Bill Burr Sells Out The LA Forum, retrieved December 25, 2020
  28. ^ "Dean Delray's Instagram post: "Couldn't sleep all night after this amazing night at the @theforum with @wilfredburr thank you Bill and congrats on selling out The LA…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on December 23, 2021. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  29. ^ Hartman, Shannon (August 23, 2008), Bill Burr: Why Do I Do This?, Bill Burr, archived from the original on February 10, 2017, retrieved February 7, 2018
  30. ^ L. Ray, Austin. "Bill Burr You People Are All the Same special review". The Spit Take. Archived from the original on April 17, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  31. ^ "Q&A – Bill Burr (Kuby)". Breaking Bad blog at amctv.com. AMC. Archived from the original on April 20, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  32. ^ "F is For Family: Season 4". Rotten Tomatoes. June 9, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  33. ^ "F is for Family: Original, Animated Series From Bill Burr Coming Exclusively to Netflix". PR Newswire. October 23, 2014. Archived from the original on July 4, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  34. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (January 30, 2018). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 1.28.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on January 31, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  35. ^ Langlois, Shawn (October 11, 2020). "Comedian Bill Burr cheered, blasted for his joke about white women and woke culture on 'Saturday Night Live'". Marketwatch.com.
  36. ^ Sheehy, Kate (October 11, 2020). "Bill Burr's 'offensive' monologue on 'SNL' ignites Twitter firestorm'". NY Post.
  37. ^ Shaffer, Claire (October 9, 2020). "Jack White Replaces Morgan Wallen as 'SNL' Musical Guest". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  38. ^ Grobar, Matt (March 3, 2022). "Comedian Bill Burr To Write & Direct Comedy 'Old Dads' For Miramax; Will Star Alongside Bobby Cannavale And Bokeem Woodbine". Deadline Hollywood.
  39. ^ Matt Wild (April 20, 2011). "Bill Burr – A day in the life of a working comedian". avclub.com. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  40. ^ Dave Coffey (December 1, 2011). "Comedian Bill Burr to perform at Calvin Theatre tonight". dailycollegian.com. Archived from the original on January 3, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  41. ^ Chocano, Carina (October 30, 2013). "Bill Burr Is the New Louis C.K." Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on August 18, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  42. ^ a b Richardson, Jay (December 2, 2013). "Bill Burr: Breaking out of stereotype". The Scotsman. Scotland. Archived from the original on March 22, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  43. ^ Brownstein, Bill (March 31, 2015). "Bruins fan Bill Burr leads comics heading to Just for Laughs in July". Montreal Gazette. Archived from the original on July 31, 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  44. ^ a b Zinoman, Jason (November 7, 2013). "This Guy's No Puppy Hugger: Bill Burr's Irate Comedy Style". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 1, 2017. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  45. ^ "Bill Burr's top 5 stand ups". Shortlist. October 2, 2013. Archived from the original on December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  46. ^ Monday Morning Podcast 3-26-12. SoundCloud.
  47. ^ Andrew Husband. Bill Burr On Dave Chappelle And The Charged Climate Of Stand-Up Comedy. Forbes. September 10, 2019.
  48. ^ Monday Morning Podcast 5-9-16, retrieved June 14, 2021
  49. ^ Bill Burr - The DNC Favored Hillary Clinton Over Bernie Sanders, archived from the original on December 21, 2021, retrieved June 14, 2021
  50. ^ Thursday Afternoon Monday Morning Podcast 11-10-16, archived from the original on December 21, 2021, retrieved June 14, 2021
  51. ^ Thursday Afternoon Monday Morning Podcast 3-5-20, archived from the original on December 21, 2021, retrieved June 14, 2021
  52. ^ Monday Morning Podcast 8-19-19, archived from the original on December 21, 2021, retrieved June 14, 2021
  53. ^ Nia's Twitter, archived from the original on February 13, 2017, retrieved February 3, 2017
  54. ^ Burr in Kimmel, Jimmy (January 24, 2017). "Bill Burr on New Baby & The Patriots". Jimmy Kimmel Live (Interview). Interviewed by Jimmy Kimmel. Event occurs at 00:06. Archived from the original on February 5, 2017. Retrieved January 29, 2017. ...Friday morning [January 20]. At 04:24 added, "She lay on my chest the whole time", confirming gender.
  55. ^ Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast August 6, 2020 at 12:21 seconds from start on Itunes. Uploaded June 8, 2020 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/monday-morning-podcast-6-8-20/id480486345?i=1000477237461
  56. ^ Bill Burr Talks About Being a Helicopter Pilot on YouTube
  57. ^ "Comedian Bill Burr Really Loves The Drumming In MESHUGGAH & THE MARS VOLTA". Metal Injection. October 15, 2017. Archived from the original on December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  58. ^ "Here's BILL BURR Being A Big Fanboy Talking About IRON MAIDEN". Metal Injection. September 18, 2019. Archived from the original on December 27, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  59. ^ "Comedian Bill Burr Reviews Final SLAYER Show: "I Actually Got Chills"". Metal Injection. December 5, 2019. Archived from the original on December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  60. ^ Pasbani, Robert (September 18, 2019). "Here's BILL BURR Being A Big Fanboy Talking About IRON MAIDEN". Metal Injection.
  61. ^ Inc, M. Shanken Communications. "Review: Hollywood Smoke, Santa Monica, California". Cigar Aficionado. Archived from the original on August 29, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.

External linksEdit