Boston native Bill Burr may sound bothered and on the constant edge of a nervous breakdown on stage but he has a weird, almost Zen-like attitude toward his aspirations, or as close to Zen as most clinically depressed comics can achieve.
While comics may dream of getting their own self-titled sitcom about how they take over a boarding school and teach the kiddies what's truly important with platitudes wrapped around their stage material, Burr doesn't spend his time on the road worrying about that. As long as he's got someone to listen to him pontificate about pedophile reality shows, basketball players getting crotch dunked on Sportscenter or whatever train of thought passes through his head, he says he'll be happy.
At least he'll definitely be happier than the sitcom star who has to go all J.D. Salinger because everyone has a camera and an unfettered link to TMZ's tip line.
"It's not what it was. Back in the day, the world was your oyster when you got to a certain level of fame. I've seen them. Those poor bastards, they can't leave the house," Burr says with a laugh. "They could be like rescuing kittens out of trees and someone will edit it and make them look like the biggest asshole ever. I like the level where I'm at. I can say what I want to say and nobody fucking bugs me."
Burr, who will perform at the Arlington Improv for two shows at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, has been on TV plenty of times and not just as a stand-up. He was one of the regular sketch players on Dave Chappelle's legendary Chappelle's Show. He scored roles in movies like Date Night, The Heat and (I kid you not) Zombeavers. He even scored a regular role on Breaking Bad as Saul Goodman's personal handler Patrick Kuby, a role he doesn't get recognized for as much since he no longer has to look the part. More »