For a comedian, Saturday Night Live is a holy grail of sorts—and it’s a grail Chicago funnyman Hannibal Buress has acquired. The 27-year-old stand-up comedian got his start in the Windy City, steadily moving from one of the masses at open mic nights to headlining at the Lakeshore Theater. (In fact, he has a live stand-up record from that very Lakeshore performance coming out soon.)
Buress told The A.V. Club that even though working at SNL can get to feel normal (he’s been there about six months now), every now and then he feels the significance of the place. “Yeah, you get used to it, but sometimes you are like, ‘Oh man, this here is an institution,’” Buress said.
In the future, he’d love to venture into the movie world as well as continue stand-up, and says his SNL status has helped when it comes to getting gigs. As for now, be on the lookout for Buress’ Lakeshore Theater album release, though he warns, “It’s all topical from a year ago, so I don’t know how it’s going to go over.”