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Bill Burr
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Burr in July 2018
Birth name William Frederick Burr
Born (1968-06-10) June 10, 1968 (age 55)
Canton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active 1992–present
Nia Hill
(m. 2013)
Children 2

William Frederick Burr (born June 10, 1968) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, filmmaker, and podcaster. He has released multiple stand-up comedy specials, including You People Are All the Same (2012), I'm Sorry You Feel That Way (2014), Walk Your Way Out (2017), Paper Tiger (2019), and Live at Red Rocks (2022). He received a Grammy Award nomination for Paper Tiger, and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for the dark comedy series Immoral Compass (2021–present). In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked Burr No. 17 in their "50 Best Stand Up Comics of All Time".

Burr also created, co-wrote, and voiced the lead character in the Netflix animated sitcom F Is for Family (2015–2021). His other notable roles include in Chappelle's Show, Patrick Kuby in the AMC series Breaking Bad (2011–2013), Migs Mayfeld in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian (2019–present), and Ray Bishop in the film The King of Staten Island (2020). He has hosted the twice-weekly Monday Morning Podcast since 2007 and co-founded the All Things Comedy network in 2012.

Early life

William Frederick Burr was born in Canton, Massachusetts, on June 10, 1968, the son of nurse Linda Ann (née Wigent) and dentist Robert Edmund Burr. He is of German and Irish descent. He graduated from high school in 1987. In 1993, he obtained a bachelor's degree in radio from Emerson College in Boston, where one of his professors was the writer David Foster Wallace. He worked in warehouses before starting his comedy career, later stating that he enjoyed the freedom of the job: "If my boss gave me a rough time, I could just get on a forklift and just, like, drive away."



Bill Burr Traveling Virus Worcester 2006
Burr performing in August 2006

Burr first performed stand-up comedy at the age of 23 on March 2, 1992. He moved to New York City in 1994. He started to appear in numerous shows performing standup such as Showtime at the Apollo in 2000, Comedy Central Presents in 2003, Just for Laughs in 2004, and Live at Gotham in 2006. Also during this time he co-starred in the TV series Townies in 1996 and appeared in Two Guys and a Girl in 1998 and Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2002. He gained prominence as a regular on the Dave Chappelle's popular sketch comedy series Chappelle's Show in 2004 on Comedy Central.

Since May 2007, Burr has recorded a weekly one-hour podcast, Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast, in which he speaks about his experiences, current events, going on tour, and sports, and offers advice to questions submitted by the listeners. The podcast is available on Burr's website, Spotify, YouTube, and on the All Things Comedy network he co-founded in 2012. He is sometimes joined by his wife Nia and has featured guests and interviews with other comedians. In the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV, Burr voiced Jason Michaels of the biker gang The Lost MC in the mission "No Love Lost". In 2009, he reprised his role in the game's expansion pack The Lost and Damned.

Burr also appears as a guest on radio shows and other comedians' podcasts, such as Opie and Anthony, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, The Adam Carolla Show, The Joe Rogan Experience, The Nerdist Podcast, The Adam Buxton Podcast, and Nobody Likes Onions. Burr was also the first guest on Tom Green's podcast. Burr's first hour-long special, Why Do I Do This? (2008), was filmed in New York.


Burr's special Let it Go was recorded at The Fillmore in San Francisco and premiered on Comedy Central on September 18, 2010. That same year Burr appeared in the comedy film Date Night as Detective Walsh. On April 18, 2011, he guest hosted the Hollywood Babble-On podcast alongside Ralph Garman. He has also appeared in the fourth and fifth seasons of AMC's Breaking Bad as Patrick Kuby from 2011 to 2013. A later special, You People Are All the Same, premiered in 2012 as a Netflix exclusive. Burr's stand-up special You People Are All the Same (2012) was the first to premiere exclusively on Netflix. He played Mark Mullins in the 2013 buddy cop film The Heat. In 2014, Burr filmed his fourth hour-long special I'm Sorry You Feel That Way at the Tabernacle Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. Unusual for modern comedy specials, the film was shot in black and white.

All Things Comedy was officially launched on October 1, 2012, with a roster of 11 podcasts including Burr's own Monday Morning Podcast, The Long Shot Podcast by Eddie Pepitone, and Skeptic Tank by Ari Shaffir. By 2014, the network had six dozen members and over 50 podcasts. The network was started out by comedians Al Madrigal and Bill Burr with The Daily Show on the All Things Comedy website. The network was established as an artist owned cooperative, which Madrigal and Burr emphasize as an important aspect of the collective. All Things Records was started in March 2014 and released three albums in the months following its creation including Believe in Yourself by Sam Tripoli, Live at the Comedy Castle by Brian Scolaro, and This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux by Jackie Kashian. Madrigal sees the network as a way of improving representation of Latin American people in media. For instance, the network provides Spanish-language podcasts such as Leyendas Legendarias and El Dollop. All Things Comedy also partnered with Comedy Central to produce a documentary about Patrice O'Neal in addition to three comedy specials.

Burr voiced lead character Frank Murphy in F Is for Family, which premiered on Netflix on December 18, 2015. The show was the first original Netflix animated series. The show, an animated sitcom he created and co-wrote, drew on Burr's stand-up and the absurdity of political correctness. Season 4 of the series debuted on Netflix on June 12, 2020. Burr writes and executive produces the series along with Michael Price. Burr's fifth hour-long special, Bill Burr: Walk Your Way Out, debuted on Netflix on January 31, 2017. He appeared in the third episode (titled "Bill Burr") of the second season of the HBO series Crashing.


His sixth hour-long special, Paper Tiger, debuted on Netflix on September 10, 2019. He premiered a new podcast co-hosted with fellow comedian Bert Kreischer, called the Bill Bert Podcast, in October. In December, he played Migs Mayfeld in two episodes of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian. In 2022 he acted in the Judd Apatow directed comedy film The King of Staten Island starring Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei, and Maude Apatow. He promoted the film on October 10, 2020, by hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live for the first time. In March 2022, it was announced that Burr will make his feature directorial debut with Old Dads, which he will also write and star in. A few months later, he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series nomination for the dark comedy series Immoral Compass (2021–present). His seventh stand-up special, Live at Red Rocks, was released on July 12.

On August 21, 2022, he became the first comedian to perform at Fenway Park, in front of a sold-out crowd of around 35,000 people; it was also the largest comedy show in the history of Boston. Burr has had sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden on November 14, 2015, the Royal Albert Hall on June 6, 2018, and consecutive shows on March 4 and 5, 2019. He holds the record for the most consecutive sold-out shows at the Wilbur Theatre, where he performed 19 sold-out shows in a row, almost doubling the record of 10 set by Aziz Ansari. Burr sold out 20,000 seats at the Los Angeles Forum on September 28, 2018. On Sep 16, 2021, he sold out Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

In 2023 he had a cameo role as the voice of Pastor Nick Saint Angelo in the HBO series Barry episode "the wizard" starring Bill Hader.


Burr has been referred to as a "comedian's comedian" by observers of the American stand-up comedy circuit.

Rolling Stone magazine called Burr "the undisputed heavyweight champ of rage-fueled humor". Burr often portrays himself as "that loud guy in the bar" with "uninformed logic". In an interview with The Boston Globe, Burr stated, "I'm the 'dude, bro' guy." According to the Montreal Gazette, Burr is "a cynic and a contrarian who has never paid any heed to political correctness". The New York Times in 2013 called Burr "one of the funniest, most distinctive voices in the country for years". His set typically spans an array of topics ranging from his childhood to how much he loves his dog. When he does touch on a cringeworthy subject, his style lends him the ability to anticipate and even toy with the crowd's reaction. Burr will often stand still, casually leaning one arm on the mic stand, a mischievous grin on his face, acting like the loud guy at a bar.

Burr has cited Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, Sam Kinison, and Patrice O'Neal as the five greatest stand-up comedians of all time.


Burr identifies as a liberal who supports gun control.

Burr voted for Green Party candidate Ralph Nader in the 2000 United States presidential election. In 2016, Burr said he voted for neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump, stating that he had a negative opinion of both candidates.

In an interview with Forbes, Burr stated his belief that political correctness does not address the problems it is aimed at fixing (such as racism) because it only focuses on the vocabulary people use rather than changing the attitudes that people have. He has also said that political correctness has no answer for, or impact on, other major sociopolitical issues such as the power held by banks and pharmaceutical companies.

In 2021, Burr criticized Republican governor Ron DeSantis for banning mask mandates in Florida.

While never specifying his economic beliefs, Burr has been very critical of America's capitalistic system, most notably during an episode of his weekly podcast.

Personal life

Burr married actress and producer Nia Renee Hill in 2013. They have a daughter (born January 20, 2017) and a son (born June 2020). They reside in Los Angeles. Hill sometimes appears as a guest on his podcast.

Burr is a licensed helicopter pilot and enjoys playing drums. He has cited John Bonham and Dave Lombardo as his favorite drummers. He enjoys heavy metal music and is a fan of bands such as AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Meshuggah, Ministry, Pantera, Gojira, Karnivool, and Slayer. He has discussed his love of smoking cigars.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Perfect Fit Doorman
2002 Passionada Blackjack Player
2006 Thirteen or Bust Himself
2010 Date Night Detective Walsh
2011 Cheat Billy Short
Give It Up for Greg Giraldo Himself Documentary
2012 Stand Up Guys Larry
2013 The Heat Mark Mullins
2014 Zombeavers Joseph
Walk of Shame Officer Walter
Black or White Rick Reynolds
2015 Daddy's Home Jerry
2017 Gilbert Himself Documentary
Daddy's Home 2 Jerry
2018 The Front Runner Pete Murphy
2020 The King of Staten Island Ray Bishop
The Opening Act Barry
2021 The Guilty Nightclub Caller (voice)
Back Home Again Officer Quill (voice) Short
2022 Dog Officer O'Shaughnessy
2023 Old Dads Jack Also director and co-writer
Leo Squirtle (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Townies Ryan Callahan Main Cast
1998 Two Guys and a Girl Fitzey Episode: "Two Guys, a Girl and a Party"
2000 Showtime at the Apollo Himself Episode: "Episode #14.8"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jogger Episode: "Maledictus"
2003 Comedy Central Presents Himself Episode: "Bill Burr"
I Love the '80s Strikes Back Himself Episode: "1980"
2004 Chappelle's Show Various Characters Recurring Cast: Season 2
Shorties Watchin' Shorties Himself Recurring Cast
Just for Laughs Himself Episode: "Bill Burr"
2005 Weekends at the D.L. Himself Episode: "Episode #1.15"
2006 Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza Himself Episode: "Laffapalooza Volume 7"
Live at Gotham Himself/Host Episode: "Episode #1.4"
2008 Down and Dirty with Jim Norton Himself Episode: "Episode #1.3"
2010 Just for Laughs Himself Episode: "Cheech & Chong"
2011–13 Breaking Bad Patrick Kuby Recurring Cast: Season 4–5
2012 Funny as Hell Himself Episode: "Episode #2.3"
2013 Inside Joke at Moontower Himself Episode: "Episode #2.3" & "#2.13"
New Girl Bobby Episode: "Chicago"
2014 Maron Himself Episode: "The Joke"
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Himself Episode: "Smoking Past the Band"
Wicked Bites Himself Episode: "Comics Come Home XX"
2014–15 Kroll Show Detective Smart Recurring Cast: Season 2–3
2015 The Jim Gaffigan Show Himself Episode: "My Friend the Priest"
The Art of... Himself Episode: "The Art of Comedy"
2015–21 F Is for Family Frank Murphy (voice) Main Cast
2016 New Girl Bobby Episode: "Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt"
The Simpsons Boston Football Fan (voice) Episode: "The Town"
2018 Crashing Himself Episode: "Bill Burr"
Jay Leno's Garage Himself Episode: "Living the Dream"
2019 The Chef Show Himself Episode: "Gwyneth Paltrow/Bill Burr"
2019–20 The Mandalorian Migs Mayfeld Episode: "Chapter 6: The Prisoner" & "Chapter 15: The Believer"
2020 Jay Leno's Garage Himself Episode: "Dare to be Different"
Saturday Night Live Himself/Host Episode: "Bill Burr/Jack White"
The Comedy Store Himself Main Cast
Puppy Dog Pals Butch (voice) Episode: "Anchors Away/Prospector Pups"
2021 Reservation Dogs Garrett Bobson Episode: "California Dreamin'"
30 for 30 Himself Episode: "Once Upon a Time in Queens, Part 3 & 4"
Immoral Compass Rick Main Cast
2022 George Carlin's American Dream Himself Episode: "Part 1"
Puppy Dog Pals Butch (voice) Episode: "Get Well Bingo/Big Wheelies"
2023 Outer Banks Dan Episode: "Heists"
Barry Pastor Nick Saint Angelo (voice) Episode: "The Wizard"


Year Title Role
2007–present Monday Morning Podcast Himself (host)
2010, 2021 Your Mom's House Himself (guest)

Video games

Year Title Role
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Jason Michaels (voice)
2009 Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned

Comedy albums and specials

Year Title Notes
2003 Emotionally Unavailable CD release
Comedy Central Presents Stand-up half hour
2008 Why Do I Do This? Image Entertainment
2010 Let It Go Netflix special
2012 You People Are All the Same Netflix special
2014 Live At Andrew's House Limited vinyl release
2014 I'm Sorry You Feel That Way Netflix special
2017 Walk Your Way Out Netflix special
2019 Paper Tiger Netflix special
2021 Live From Madison Square Garden Vinyl release
2022 Friends Who Kill Netflix special
2022 Live at Red Rocks Netflix special

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Project Result Ref.
2021 Grammy Award Best Comedy Album Paper Tiger Nominated
2022 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Actor in a Short form Series Immoral Compass Nominated

See also

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