Carrying on his tradition of star-studded surprises, young director Sama’an Ashrawi has enlisted the likes of Chris Rock, Drake, Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer, Waka Flocka, Questlove, Black Thought, Jean Grae, Eric André, Touré, Robert Glasper, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, ItsTheReal, Sonnymoon, and Damien Lemon for a surprise titled, An Ode To Hannibal Buress.

With invaluable help from producers Cali Green and Ginny Suss, and music supervision from acclaimed DJ/producer, Amerigo Gazaway, the entire process took nearly a year and was filmed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, and New York City. 

The surprise was timed to coincide with the release of Buress’ newest stand-up special, Comedy Camisado, and tonight’s New Hampshire primaries. Prior to filming, with a presidential theme in mind, Ashrawi wrote short vignettes that made reference to Hannibal’s stand-up material, and, once behind the lens, gave his subjects three topics to choose from: love, hate, and crazy. The result was varyingly sentimental and hilarious. 

“[Hannibal] represents a voice we haven’t heard,” says Flying Lotus. 

Ode the Hannibal features narration by Chris Rock and follows Ashrawi’s surprise UGK documentaries, made for Bun B, starring Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, J. Cole, Macklemore, A$AP Rocky, Lupe Fiacso, Rapsody, and Hannibal Buress himself. 

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