Watch ‘An Ode to Hannibal Buress,’ Narrated by Chris Rock
Hannibal Buress is one of the funniest guys in the business, and to help repay our huge debt of all the laughs he’s given us, filmmaker Samaan Ashrawi has put together An Ode to Hannibal Buress.
In typical Buress fashion, the video envisions an alternate Universe in which Presidential candidate Waka Flocka Flame calls on Hannibal to be his running mate. Naturally, the pair’s policies include tax breaks for strip club owners and a Presidential pardon for Gucci Mane.
With narration from Chris Rock, the rest of the video includes messages of support from Drake, Flying Lotus, Robert Glasper, Thundercat and others. However, not everyone’s voting for Flocka-Buress, though.
Carrying on his tradition of star-studded surprises, young director Sama’an Ashrawi has enlisted the likes of Chris Rock, Drake, Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer, Waka Flocka, Questlove, Black Thought, Jean Grae, Eric André, Touré, Robert Glasper, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, ItsTheReal, Sonnymoon, and Damien Lemon for a surprise titled, An Ode To Hannibal Buress.
With invaluable help from producers Cali Green and Ginny Suss, and music supervision from acclaimed DJ/producer, Amerigo Gazaway, the entire process took nearly a year and was filmed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, and New York City.
The surprise was timed to coincide with the release of Buress’ newest stand-up special, ‘Comedy Camisado,’ and the New Hampshire primaries. Prior to filming, with a presidential theme in mind, Ashrawi wrote short vignettes that made reference to Hannibal’s stand-up material, and, once behind the lens, gave his subjects three topics to choose from: love, hate, and crazy. The result was varyingly sentimental and hilarious.
“[Hannibal] represents a voice we haven’t heard,” says Flying Lotus.