When: Fri., Sept. 25, 7 p.m. 2015
From his bulldog look, tough-guy bluster and penchant for traditionally red-state viewpoints, at first glance it’s easy to take Bill Burr as the angry guy at the bar, or perhaps another outrage comic in the Lewis Black vein. But where a bit about parents hugging their children too much or owning a gun for home protection may seem to chart a predictable course, Burr then makes a hard-left for the self-deprecating, the bizarre or, more often than not, the totally original. It’s a talent he attributes to keeping his mind free to wander. “When I do a tour, I screw around a lot on stage, and try to change up jokes,” said Burr ... If you’re just going up there every night and doing the same shit, I would want to start installing cable.” Stand-up remains Burr’s primary passion, though that hasn’t stopped him from taking on all sorts of other projects. Most visibly is his Monday Morning Podcast, where a typical episode involves “Bill rambling about Hootie and the Blowfish, The Maltese Falcon and eating broccoli.” Those hour-long rants have put Monday Morning alongside WTF with Marc Maron and Comedy Bang Bang as a fixture on the comedy podcast landscape. He’s also been a regular TV presence, starting as a role player on Chappelle’s Show, and soon netting more wide-ranging roles, including Kuby, Saul Goodman’s most competent henchman, on Breaking Bad. Burr’s next move is a show of his own, an animated series called F Is for Family. Premiering on Netflix this fall, the show reimagines Burr’s own childhood growing up in the ’70s, with Burr, Laura Dern and Justin Long providing voices ... His stop at Laurie Auditorium will also mark Burr’s first Alamo City performance in two years.