Second Chicago Comic Heads for SNL

Hannibal Buress joins SNL writing staff

By BJ Lutz
|  Tuesday, Sep 1, 2009  |  Updated 1:02 PM CDT
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Chicago Makes the Funny, New York Pays Them Money

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Hannibal Burress performs at The Sound of Young America Live! at Chicago's Second City on Oct. 31, 2007.

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The comedy conduit from Chicago to New York continues to flow.

Comedian Hannibal Buress is headed to the big time as a writer on Saturday Night Live, the second Chicago funny man to be called up this month. The Second City improv's Patrick O'Brien was drafted by the show just two weeks ago.

The 26-year-old Austin native announced the news on Twitter over the weekend.

"Hey. I just found out that I'll be writing on this season of SNL," he wrote. "Lots of elaborate poop sketches will be pitched this season."

New York Magazine earlier this year ID'd Burress as one of 10 must-see comics.  And the Chicago native seems to have had a bit of luck in the late-night TV circuit.

"I had a second job interview at this place," he joked on CBS' Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson two years ago. "I don't think they wanted to interview me twice. I think they wanted to see if I had two suits."

His new gig reportedly comes after impressing SNL big wigs in an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon earlier this month, so we're sure he'll be OK when it comes to wardrobe.

The SNL writing team has also launched the careers of Al Franken and Tina Fey. The show launches its 35th season with a special Thursday night episode on Sept. 17.

 

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