Comedian Bill Burr Talks Fatherhood, Comic Relief and Popular Netflix Animated Series
Written by Joseph Santiago
Bill Burr recently became a new dad, and despite the long nights of fatherhood, he still sounds as clear and sharp on stage or his highly-praised “The Monday Morning Podcast” podcast than ever.
When asked how he felt about his new role, the new dad said he there were no complaints. Burr said he’s not getting a lot of sleep, but he knew that going into the role. He said the experience is as everybody told him it would be. When his baby cried, he wanted to help her stop. He said he’ll be changing her diaper and she’ll still be crying.
Burr said all he can do is laugh, remarking how funny the chaos actually is.
It seems like nothing would faze the comedian. He’s been working in the stand-up comedy industry for 25 years now, and he’s done and seen most of it. He was cast as a member of the shortly-aired 1990s show Townies (also starring Molly Ringwald and Lauren Graham). He also made his debut on large and small screen shows such as Breaking Bad and the Chappelle’s Show. Burr even had his own Netflix animated TV show “F is for Family.”
Despite short-lived shows and whatnot, Burr is still highly regarded and recognized for his comedian status. He’s honed a voice that spurs disbelief at the world’s situation, amused himself and others with his gaffes and refreshing annoyance. Thanks to this eclectic collection, he’s often found himself the guest of honor for various podcasts – not his own – and the Kimmel and Conan shows.
Why Do His Stand-Up Specials Receive So Much Attention?
Burr has a number of stand-up specials such as Walk Your Way Out, which was recently released to the public. And, they’re popular because he’s got a voice that’s unrestrained, which straddles the edge of political correctness. He uses this to heighten the discomfort of the room he’s currently in and entertaining.
If you’ve never watched “Walk Your Way Out,” Burr mentions Kanye West to several hundred people in Nashville. He gets excited when he notices the audience is on the edge of their seat. Burr said he doesn’t regard that as extremely uncomfortable, but he does say dumb things and is often heckled for them.
“That’s pretty much a typical night,” he said.
Burr continued saying he doesn’t overanalyze things and he doesn’t plan for jokes. He said people recognize planned jokes and find them distasteful and tacky.
It doesn’t appear that Burr planned for any kind of joke. Instead, like many comedians, he uses the current setting to derive his comic relief material. Anything else is a matter of luck.
Podcasts are one of the largest ways in which comics can promote their material and be heard. While he has a show for himself, he’s involved in many others including being the co-creator of the podcast network All Things Comedy, which promotes the work of various comics – Brian Scolaro, Ari Shaffir and Jen Kirkman.
How Netflix Show “F is for Family” Got Its Start
He also has the “F is for Family” Netflix animated series that looks at the lives of a working class foul-mouthed Pennsylvania clique – voiced by the talents of Justin Long and Laura Dern. The animated series was something he had brought up several years ago to friend Vince Vaughn.
Burr said Vaughn has a production company “Wild West” that wanted to do a cartoon. He said it had pitched the idea to Comedy Central, which turned him down because another animated show on its network failed to succeed. What they wanted, he said, was something like the Louis C.K. or Maron shows.
Burr said other networks turned them down and that’s when they turned to Netflix. He said he doesn’t think Netflix would have opted for it if Vaughn wasn’t on board with him. Netflix gave him money for six episodes, which debuted in 2015. The response was positive, and the company wanted more.
Burr Keeps On Trekking
Burr said he’s waiting for the promotional duties when there’s a formal announcement, but in that time, he’s got his own stand-up comedy and podcast to contend with. And, he’s got the duties of being a new dad. Burr said he looks forward to being a dad. He said for any guy that doesn’t have kids; they don’t understand what it’s like. There’s no understanding until a man looks into their child’s eye.
Burr said, “I’m gonna be that guy.”