Hannibal Takes Edinburgh is a refreshing approach to a comedic documentary that is surprising and funny. Hannibal has always been fascinating to me; from his deadpan delivery to his seemingly perfect mix of friendly and aloof.
Shot in 2012 at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival that features hundreds of shows in 25 days – Burress would perform multiple days, every day for a month. This trip predates his quick rise to fame and is a perfect complement to Comedy Camisado (Netflix Original) which was released in February of this year.
What makes this Watch Worthy isn’t only the comedy – which, is great but also the emotional and psychological change that you watch Hannibal go through. After getting frustrated with the monotony, you get to see him fall in love with comedy all over again and it was great to watch. This movie was filmed way before his break-out role in Broad City and even before the Bill Cosby all outs and now, I feel a kinship with him – he really loves comedy and works hard to hone his craft. What more can I ask of him?
If you’re a fan of Hannibal Burress or of good documentary that centers comedy you should definitely check this out – even if you’re not a fan of his, it’s a great piece on immersing yourself in culture and the flip side of everyone expecting a “laugh” from a comedian.