Hannibal Buress among 13 comedians added to Boston Calling bill

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Hannibal Buress

For now, Boston Calling is ditching film in favor of humor.

The organizers of the festival, taking place over Memorial Day weekend at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, said Wednesday they’ve added 13 comics to the lineup of 45 musical acts. The Boston Calling Comedy Experience, which will include Hannibal Buress, Tig Notaro, Pete Holmes, and Eugene Mirman, will take the place of a film series that was to be curated by actress Natalie Portman. (Organizers say the film series will be rescheduled for a future edition of the festival.)


“I’m excited to take a break from my construction business to bring my unbridled energy to the Boston Calling festival,” Burress said in a statement. (The comic is best known for his Comedy Central and Netflix specials — and being one of the first to talk publicly about the accusations against Bill Cosby.) “When Boston calls, I send it to voicemail 3 times and then text it at 3am. You up?”

Among the musical acts playing Boston Calling this year are Tool, Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper, The xx, Bon Iver, The 1975, and Weezer.

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