He's been a writer on NBC's "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live," and for years he has stalked stages in Chicago and around the country. Now comic and Chicago native Hannibal Buress can add another creative accomplishment to his growing resume: music video director.
Together with local filmmaker Austin Vesely, Buress helmed a shoot for Chicago's Chance the Rapper. Their collaboration, for a funny and freewheeling tune called "NaNa," (from Chance's forthcoming mixtape "Acid Rap," out April 30) shows Buress and Chance (a rising rap star) buying odd stuff as they bum around L.A. -- courtesy of a $5,000 advance from jash.com. (As Chance exclaims in the video -- after sensuously wiping his face with the five Gs in check form prior to its cash conversion -- "This is hellaf------ money.")
"The high point was getting the opportunity to do something that I've never done before," Buress wrote in an email, indicating that he'd like to direct again.
"It was a lot of fun. I had to think in a different way and we shot a lot on the fly. I was able to work with a new artist that I respect. Austin Vesely killed it with the shooting and editing. It was a cool experience and I'm glad people enjoy the video."
Asked about the weirdest or most extravagant thing he's purchased after getting a sudden windfall, Buress said his tastes actually are rather pedestrian.
"I really don't buy weird and extravagant stuff. I like to go to basketball games and I like to sit close, so that's my main thing that I spend money on. I'm pretty low key. I live in NYC, so I don't own a car."
However, he allowed, "I might buy a Japanese seagull."