Comedian Billy Burr pledges not to suck during his comedy act at the Student Center Tally tonight. Sponsored by the University Program Board this session of the Laughter at Half After series will begin at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.
Burr has been on the rise since winning the WBCN Boston Comedy Riot contest. His scathing humor may stem from being teased for having red hair while growing up or maybe because he grew up in a very large and sarcastic family.
"The members of my family are the best hecklers I have ever faced in my life," Burr said in a press release. "And they're probably the reason I am so hyper on stage."
Burr said his act will talk about terrorism, war, shark attacks and strip clubs.
"I pretty much just talk about what's going on now", he said in a telephone interview.
He also noted that he talks about personal stories and everyday observations that mostly deal with his own life.
Burr got started in comedy after entering Boston's funniest college student contest. He went ahead and signed up so he wouldn't wimp out. That was when he knew that he wanted to be a comedian. He didn't win, losing out to a girl. He was supposed to perform for five minutes but only did about three, having completely forgotten what what he was supposed to say and just ended up walking offstage. That did not deter him, though, and Burr has been doing comedy for nine years."
Burr also sends out a statement at www.bass-schuler.com saying, "this is an open letter to all people connected with the bookings of comedians at events around the country. I don't suck. That's all I really wanted to convey in this letter. When I show up at your event, I promise you, I will not suck. I will not arrive at your affair with lame jokes, nor will rely on a trunk full of $#!+, glued together, disguised as an act. I won't wear a blue blazer. I won't say "What's up with that?"
Burr was on ABC's "Townies,"and has done "Late Night with Conan O'Brian." He has also appeared on NBC's "Comedy Showcase," MTV's "Apt2F," and the "Comics Come Home" benefit with Dennis Leary as well as Comedy Central's "Premium Blend." He is one of the few comics to appear at both the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival and HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival this past year. When he is not on the road, Billy performs regularly at the clubs in New York City and Los Angeles, where he resides. Burr said he recently did a stand up comedy show in Atlanta with Jamie Foxx with 1,500 people in attendance. He also might be going to Germany soon to entertain military troops.
The University Program Board's office is located in the lower level of the Student Center (L-20) and can be reached at 285-1031 for further information.