Why? With Hannibal Buress

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Likable deadpan comedian's sketch show is slow, unfocused.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Buress spends most of his time being silly. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Buress' comedy can be deep and insightful, but that side doesn't come too much on this show. 


Skits include fake shootings, explosions, references to violent acts.


Strong innuendo.



"Hell"; bleeped cursing.


Guests occasionally plug their shows and films.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Skits include beer drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Why? With Hannibal Buress is a comedy sketch series starring Broad City's deadpan Buress as himself. It features some strong sexual innuendo, bleeped curses, comic violence, and references to actual violent acts. Some sketches feature drinking.

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Adult Written byWillP 1 September 19, 2015

'WHY'? Good Question.

Although Hannibal Buress' comedic style is disarming...at best, the lack of cohesive topics combined with enough jokes to muster-up little more then a poli... Continue reading

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What's the story?

WHY? WITH HANNIBAL BURESS stars comedian Hannibal Buress as he attempts to answer some of the world's pressing questions about seemingly random things. Along with his deadpan monologues, the half-hour show features a variety of skits and on-the-street interviews. Appearances by such people as Conan O’Brien and Amy Schumer round out the fun.

Is it any good?

The series combines a variety of formats in hopes of capitalizing on Buress' unique deadpan comedy style while pulling in the laughs. Unfortunately, though there are some funny moments, most jokes leave you feeling like they just aren't going anywhere.  

You can't help but like Buress, whose relaxed banter sometimes reveals some sharp-witted insight. The problem is that he doesn’t take it any further, nor is there anything thematic that ties it to anything else featured on the show. The result is a series that feels underdeveloped and may leave you wondering why it's on the air.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about comedy. What makes things funny? How do comedians appeal to different audiences? 

  •  Is it ever OK to use stereotypes as a way of making people laugh?

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Our editors recommend

For kids who love sketch comedy

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