Creator / Bill Burr

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Hey, what's going on? I'm Bill Burr and it's the Monday Morning Podcast
Bill Burr is a short tempered, pasty, alabaster-skinned, freckled, orange-haired stand up comedian from the (safe suburbs of) Boston. His comedy is frequently concerned with the rigid standards imposed on men by the masculine ideal via social conditioning and peer pressure and shows open contempt for the notion that Women Are Wiser. A lot of his material plays on Double Standards tropes, distaste of stupid/fat/lazy people. In spite of his words, he is a nice guy, deep down.

Did we mention he's been involved with some amazing shows, like Breaking Bad and Chappelle's Show?

He also is a co-creator, producer, writer and voice actor on F is for Family, his original animated comedy series on Netflix

  • All Men Are Perverts: Strongly believes that men's greatest weakness is sex drive, but doesn't buy All Women Are Prudes, just that women control themselves better.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Fought against the idea of having ADHD for a long time, until he was having an emotional moment about a deceased friend and comic, Patrice O'Neal. During the conversation he looks at the ceiling, notices a spider and completely goes off in another direction about the spider. When he looks away from the spider to his wife, whom he had been talking with, the look on her face finally let it sink in that he has ADHD.
  • Berserk Button: Gold Diggers and unjust divorces.
  • Black Comedy: A master of the craft. One particularly dark bit had him asking the crowd if any of them has ever also fantasized about steering their car onto a crowded sidewalk:
    "I mean, I keep my hand right here [12:00 position on the steering wheel], nobody knows who I am. I move the wheel just three inches to the right, I'm on the cover of Newsweek!"
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: The sponsor plugs he forces himself to read about halfway through each podcast are full of it.
  • Catch-Phrase: His Monday Morning Podcast will invariably include one or up to all three of his: LAYDEES!, Oh Jeezus, and Go fuck yourselves.
    • "I don't fucking know." is pretty common.
    • "Zip...........RECRUITER!!"
  • Cluster F-Bomb: "Jesus Fucking Christ" and others are not at all uncommon.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: He used to be 'deep in the rabbit hole' but he isn't so far down anymore.
  • Country Matters: One of his favorite words, especially on his podcast.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Believes this about most/all corporations, particularly bankers.
  • Cultural Cringe: "Animals" - his term for (usually fat), stupid, poor-hygiene, generally class-less people he sees on the road. A lot of his early podcasts involve him trashing these animals.
  • The Determinator: Stand-up comedy aside, being a brutal profession to get started in, he continues to work on his drumming, cooking and self-imposed challenges. It's rare that he doesn't reach the goals he sets for himself.
  • Domestic Abuse: Something he hates - "There's lots of reasons to hit a woman, you just don't do it."
    • He also contends that women who financially destroy men during divorces are the female equivalent of wife-beaters.
  • Double Standard: At least half of his material is dedicated to perceived double standards, particularly with American culture and American law.
  • Enforced Plug: He has a tendency to make fun of his sponsors on the podcast even as he advertises for them. His bit on Shari's Berries is practically a comedy routine in itself.
  • Evil Laugh: He loves to give off a self-aware, comically sinister chuckle whenever he says something on his podcast that knows just pissed somebody off.
  • Fiery Redhead: No better example of one.
  • Guilty Pleasure: Has mentioned loving cigars, mint-chocolate ice cream, drinking and "eating like an animal." when he's "off the wagon."
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It takes very little to set him off. He once did an entire routine about getting angry over someone slightly perturbing him at a Saturday market, suggesting he should destroy someone's merchandise just for the look on their face.
  • Hetero Sexual Life Partners: Paul Virzi is often mentioned and a sometimes guest on his podcast and seems like Bill's best friend, as they've done a few comedy tours together as well.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Crosses with Master of None but his personality tends to have him be 'into shit for a minute'. Aside from that, Bill is a licensed helicopter pilot and (amateur) baker, guitarist, drummer, and seems to pick up another hobby every other week.
    • To people who take his stand up at face value, if they listen to the podcast long enough most people would realize Bill is empathetic, sensitive, doesn't take himself too seriously and in general is a helluva nice guy, deep down.
    • He liked the episodes he saw of One-Punch Man, seeing a lot of himself in protagonist Saitama as a guy who was completely and utterly bored with life.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Frequent, such as when he discussed being pissed off about someone driving slow and awful, then perfectly and guessed that they were texting while driving - which he had done just a few minutes before.
  • Insistent Terminology: Justifiably maintains that a comedian cannot "heckle" a crowd, because the crowd is not performing.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Say what you will about his views, words and general demeanor, but he loves his wife, tries genuinely to help people who ask for advice on his podcast, and let's not forget what he contributes in the Annual Patrice O'Neal Benefit.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile / Pædo Hunt: Despises the rise of these tropes as a result of To Catch a Predator, since he loves making children laugh while in public, but this results in the parents getting creeped out.
    "Alright, look, I get it; there's dudes out there touching kids. But it's only a tiny fraction of the population so, y'know, take it down a few, because you're making it fuckin' awkward out there."
  • More Dakka: Subverted, Bill thinks the best home defense would be a .22 pistol, because it isn't so loud that it will damage your hearing, and it doesn't have enough power to cause damage/injuries/fatalities outside of your house.
  • No Ending: He was profoundly troubled by the abrupt ending to a video on YouTube detailing a gorilla smart enough to use sign language, that was heartbroken by the death of its pet kitten. He then tells a loooong "Shaggy Dog" Story about a gorilla that ends with no punchline, just to show that audience how he felt after the video.note 
  • N-Word Privileges: Averted, he rarely says the word, despite (or because of) his many black friends and the fact that his wife is black.
  • Oh, Crap!: He believes that the look of bewildered horror frozen on some elderly men's faces is this reaction, made permanent when their joints give out and it dawns on them that they can't get up and escape their wives' nagging anymore.
  • Precision F-Strike: When he first started, he worked totally clean in his stand-up until the last joke, which he told to make fun of some of the people who came into his day job (at the time) of being a dental assistant:
    • Patient: "I don't understand why I keep getting cavities. I brush my teeth almost everyday."
    • Burr: "Oh yeah? Do you wipe your ass almost every time you take a shit?"
  • Racist Grandma:
    • A whole routine goes on about how people are too hard on old people who say racist things, because what did everyone think their thoughts were on the subject? In particular, he commends Donald Sterling on not using the N-word once in his recorded statements despite being an 80 year old white man who spent his formative years watching completely accepted all-white baseball leagues (plus, if his statements there actually do represent the views he's had all his life, he was probably considered a flaming hippie back in the day).
    • Another routine deals with his very own grandmother, who didn't react all that well to learn that Bill's girlfriend (now wife) Nia is black.
  • Real Men Hate Affection: He has a theory that men have a lower average life expectancy than women because of all the stress that builds up from their Jerk Ass "Dude Bro" friends challenging their sexuality any time they show any signs of caring, kindness or sensitivity, or even intelligence (the umbrella bit).
  • Redheads Are Uncool: He frequently alludes to this, but also makes no secret of his annoyance with the trope.
  • Running Gag: Much to his irritation, he seems to always get a heckler in each of the specials he records.
  • Self-Deprecation: He has called himself "crazy" or "maniac", often referring to his-own anger issues. In his podcast, he calls himself out on his own hypocrisies seconds after making them, and follows-up his own exaggerations with "I'm full of shit" or similar.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: He tends to do these, particularly in regards to fitness or abstinence from alcohol, just to get down to a certain weight, or to see if he can actually do it.
  • Shout-Out: Other than literally saying 'this is a shout out', his "Laydies" catch phrase is from Jerry Lewis
    • He also played a game with Virzi in which they'd do an impression of Rodney Dangerfield to cope with the stress of being on a long tour in Canada.
  • Suicide as Comedy:
    • Bill frequently jokes about killing himself, and sees people who die in spectacular ways as heroic. Considering his age, he's probably just joking. He explains that it's only an urge that hits him in response to minor frustrations, and once talked about how he was tempted to smash his face through a window and bleed out down the side of his house... just to get out of making a pie.
    • He once did a routine about a terminally ill man who tried to kill himself by jumping out of a helicopter over the ocean, but lived. He crosses between sympathizing with the helicopter pilot (who had, according to Burr, started just five days earlier), and praising the jumper as taking control of his life.
  • Take That!: Famously in Philadelphia. While on tour, he became so enraged at the constant heckling his fellow comedians were taking that he spent his whole set delivering what amounts to an 11 minute combination of a Cluster F-Bomb and "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the audience, checking the time each minute and letting the screaming audience know in no uncertain terms that he was going to do all eleven minutes like that. In playbacks you can start to hear some cheers among the booing.
    Burr: Seven! Seven minutes left, and I'm doing every last goddamn one of them! Fuck you!
  • The Unfair Sex: Discussed in a podcast about Carrie Underwood's song "Before He Cheats." Bill repeatedly talks about how much he hates the song because the narrator of the song never actually says definitively that her man is cheating. And yet, she feels the need to destroy his personal property based on this assumption.
    Burr: Why don't you just break up with him?
  • The Unfettered: To a degree, in his professional life. He doesn't have a show, or other ways for Professional Offendees to latch onto if he says or does something offensive on stage or on his podcast. He does have a show now, but has explained that he gets complainers to back off simply by refusing to play their game and publicly apologize, knowing that the social media outrage mob would treat such a concession as a "guilty" plea and vindictively go after him even harder.
  • True Companions: The tailgate crew from the Rose Bowl (Jason Lawhead, Paul Virzi, etc.) and Lil' Jimmy Norton and Opie and Anthony from their self-named show.
  • Verbal Tic: "Ya know?" And "Right?"
  • Women Are Wiser: Has called pop culture on this trope several times. For example, attacking the statement made by Oprah Winfrey that being a mother was the hardest job in the world. "She's not even a mother, how would she know?"
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