William Frederic Burr (born June 10, 1968) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and podcaster. Outside of stand-up, he is known for playing Patrick Kuby in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad (2008–2013), creating and starring in the Netflix animated sitcom F Is for Family (2015–present), and co-founding the All Things Comedy network. He has hosted the bi-weekly comedy podcast, Monday Morning Podcast, since May 2007.

Bill Burr
Bill Burr by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Burr at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Birth nameWilliam Frederic Burr
Born (1968-06-10) June 10, 1968 (age 51)
Canton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • film
  • television
  • podcasting
Years active1992–present
Genres
Subject(s)
  • Conspiracy theories
  • current events
  • dating
  • gender
  • feminism
  • race relations
  • religion
  • self-deprecation
  • sports
Spouse
Nia Hill
(m. 2013)
Children1
WebsiteOfficial website

Early lifeEdit

William Frederic Burr[1][2] was born on June 10, 1968[3] in Canton, Massachusetts,[4] the son of nurse Linda Ann (née Wigent) and dentist Robert Edmund Burr, he has 4 brothers.[5] He is of German and Irish descent.[6] He graduated from high school in 1987.[7] In 1993, he obtained a bachelor's degree in radio from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.[3][8] Before starting his comedy career, he worked in warehouses, later stating that he enjoyed the job because "if my boss gave me a rough time, I could just get on a forklift and just, like, drive away".[9]

CareerEdit

 
All Things Comedy was co-founded by Burr

Burr's career began in 1992.[10] He moved to New York City in 1994.[3] Since May 2007, Burr has recorded a weekly one-hour podcast, Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast, in which he speaks about his past and recent 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 and on the All Things Comedy network. He is sometimes joined by his wife, Nia, and has featured guests and interviews with other comedians.

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,[11] The Joe Rogan Experience,[12][13] WTF with Marc Maron,[14] The Nerdist Podcast,[15] The Adam Buxton Podcast, and Nobody Likes Onions.[16][17] Burr was also the very first guest on Tom Green's podcast. On April 18, 2011, he guest hosted the Hollywood Babble-On podcast alongside Ralph Garman.[18]

 
Burr on stage in August 2006

In 2008, Burr's voice was featured in the game Grand Theft Auto IV as 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.

Bill Burr's first hour-long special, Why Do I Do This?, took place in New York in 2008.[19] 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.[20] In 2014, Burr filmed his fourth hour-long special I'm Sorry You Feel That Way at the Tabernacle Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The film was shot in black and white, which is rare for modern comedy specials. He was a regular on Chappelle's Show.

Burr has been referred to as a "comedian's comedian" by observers of the US stand-up comedy circuit, meaning a comedian whose work is followed and appreciated by fellow professional comedians.[21][22] 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.[23] He played Mark Mullins in the 2013 buddy cop film The Heat.

He stars in F Is for Family, which premiered on Netflix on December 18, 2015. The show, an animated sitcom, draws on Burr's stand-up and the "absurdity of political correctness". On April 17, 2016, Netflix approved the show for a second season. Burr writes and executive produces the series along with Michael Price.[24] Burr's fifth hour-long special, 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.[25]

Burr's sixth hour-long special, Paper Tiger, debuted on Netflix on September 10, 2019.

StyleEdit

Rolling Stone magazine called Burr "the undisputed heavyweight champ of rage-fueled humor".[26] Burr often portrays himself as "that loud guy in the bar" with "uninformed logic".[27] In an interview with The Boston Globe, Burr stated, "I'm the 'dude, bro' guy."[4] According to Montreal Gazette, Burr is "a cynic and a contrarian who has never paid any heed to political correctness".[28] The New York Times in 2013 called Burr "one of the funniest, most distinctive voices in the country for years".[29]

Burr cites George Carlin, Mort Sahl, Bill Hicks, Bill Cosby, Sam Kinison, Patrice O'Neal, and Richard Pryor as his comedic influences.[30]

Personal lifeEdit

Burr married actress and producer Nia Hill in 2013.[27][31] Their daughter, Lola,[32] was born on January 20, 2017.[33] They reside in Los Angeles.[6][29] Hill sometimes appears as a guest on Burr's podcast.[3]

WorksEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Credit Notes Role
2001 Perfect Fit Guardian of the Door Credited as Billy Burr
2002 Passionada Blackjack Player
2007 Twisted Fortune
2010 Date Night Detective Walsh
2011 Cheat Billy Short film
2012 Stand Up Guys Larry
2013 The Heat Mark Mullins
2014 Walk of Shame Officer Walter
2014 Zombeavers Joseph
2014 Black or White Rick Reynolds
2015 Daddy's Home Jerry
2017 Daddy's Home 2
2018 The Front Runner Pete Murphy
2020 Untitled Judd Apatow/Pete Davidson film Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Credit
Actor Writer Role Notes
1996 Townies   Ryan Callahan 15 episodes
Credited as Billy Burr
1998 Two Guys and a Girl   Fitzey Episode: "Two Guys, a Girl and a Party"
Credited as Billy Burr
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent   Jogger Episode: "Maledictus"
2004 Chappelle's Show   Various Characters 3 episodes
2006 Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza   Himself 1 episode
2011–2013 Breaking Bad   Patrick Kuby 5 episodes
2013–2016 New Girl   Bobby 2 episodes
2014 Maron   Himself Episode: "The Joke"
2014–2015 Kroll Show   Detective Smart 6 episodes
2015 The Jim Gaffigan Show   Himself Episode: "My Friend the Priest"
2015–present F Is for Family     Frank Murphy (voice) Creator/Actor 26 episodes.
2016 The Simpsons   Boston Football Fan #1 (voice) Episode: "The Town"
2018 Crashing   Himself Episode: "Bill Burr"
2018 I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman   Himself Episode: "S1 E14 - 9/27/18"
2019 The Mandalorian  

Comedy albums and specialsEdit

Year Title Notes
2003 Emotionally Unavailable CD release
2003 Comedy Central Presents Stand-up half hour
2005 One Night Stand Stand-up half hour
2008 Why Do I Do This? First stand-up special
2010 Let It Go Second stand-up special
2011 Live At Andrew's House Limited vinyl release
2012 You People Are All the Same Third stand-up special
2014 I'm Sorry You Feel That Way Fourth stand-up special
2017 Walk Your Way Out Fifth stand-up special
2019 Paper Tiger Sixth stand-up special

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Credit Notes
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Jason Michaels (voice) Including The Lost and Damned (2009) expansion pack
2009 Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned Jason Michaels (Voice) Minor character

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Mohr, Jay (February 24, 2013). "Mohr Stories with Bill Burr #1". Mohr Stories (Interview). Interviewed by Mohr Jay. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
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  4. ^ a b Sullivan, James (May 10, 2015). "Bill Burr pulls no punches at Wilbur". The Boston Globe.
  5. ^ McManus, Brian (February 19, 2018). "Bill (Burr) of Rights". etcnepal.
  6. ^ 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. Burr traces his work ethic to Canton, where he grew up in a big German-Irish family.
  7. ^ Tupica, Rich (September 30, 2015). "Q&A: Bill Burr and The Art of Stand Up". Revue.
  8. ^ "Bill Burr '93 clowns with student crowd". emerson.edu. March 4, 2015.
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  11. ^ "The Adam Carolla Show, Aug 8, 2011. Bill Burr". Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  12. ^ "PODCAST #26 " The Joe Rogan Experience". Blog.joerogan.net. Archived from the original on January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  13. ^ "PODCAST #91 " The Joe Rogan Experience". Blog.joerogan.net. Archived from the original on January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  14. ^ "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast – Episode 37 – Bill Burr". Wtfpod.libsyn.com. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  15. ^ "Nerdist Podcast #24: Bill Burr " Nerdist". Nerdist.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  16. ^ "NLO 695: The Bill Burr Diet". Nobody Likes Onions. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  17. ^ "NLO 709: Burrned". Nobody Likes Onions. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  18. ^ "Hollywood Babble-On #29". April 18, 2011. Archived from the original on December 23, 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
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  20. ^ L. Ray, Austin. "Bill Burr You People Are All the Same special review". The Spit Take. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  21. ^ Matt Wild (April 20, 2011). "Bill Burr – A day in the life of a working comedian". avclub.com. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  22. ^ Dave Coffey (December 1, 2011). "Comedian Bill Burr to perform at Calvin Theatre tonight". dailycollegian.com. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  23. ^ "Q&A – Bill Burr (Kuby)". Breaking Bad blog at amctv.com. AMC. Archived from the original on April 20, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  24. ^ "F is for Family: Original, Animated Series From Bill Burr Coming Exclusively to Netflix". PR Newswire. October 23, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  25. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (January 30, 2018). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 1.28.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  26. ^ Chocano, Carina (October 30, 2013). "Bill Burr Is the New Louis C.K." Rolling Stone.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ Brownstein, Bill (March 31, 2015). "Bruins fan Bill Burr leads comics heading to Just for Laughs in July". Montreal Gazette.
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  30. ^ http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/bill-burrs-top-five-stand-ups
  31. ^ Nia's Twitter, retrieved February 3, 2017
  32. ^ Monday Morning Podcast, November 27, 2017
  33. ^ 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. Retrieved January 29, 2017. ...Friday morning [January 20]. At 04:24 added, "She lay on my chest the whole time", confirming gender.

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