Word of Burr
Stage / One of the best Bill Burr jokes is about the mystery of cruise ships: “I don’t get how something that big and metal can float. It’s got a smoke stack; it’s got an anchor. Explain the pool! You dug a hole in the boat, filled it with water; you got fat people going in it. That’s game, set and match.” That’s probably why Burr’s flying, not boating, out for what marks his first-ever trip to Hawaii. “As you can tell from [my] alabaster skin tone,” he says, “I haven’t been to many islands. I love the weather, but the sun and I have a very volatile relationship.”
Burr’s ginger complexion is the only thing fierier than his delivery. He yells jokes at the audience like a NYC taxi driver. It’s earned Burr a reputation of being a comedian’s comedian, but he’s also a hustling bit-actor: Appearances on Chappelle’s Show, Date Night and Breaking Bad have gained him a wider audience, and he’s in three upcoming movies this year.
In fact, Burr’s so busy he has to cut this trip short. “I planned on being [in Hawaii] for a week,” he says, “but I ended up getting some acting work and I have to return to LA after only two days. That’s an old joke in this business. ‘You want to book an acting job? Plan a vacation.’ It never fails. If I [were] just sitting around, staring at the wall, nothing would have happened. But the second the show business gods got wind that I was going to relax for a week, the phone started ringing.”