Hannibal Buress photographed by Art Streiber for GQ

Hannibal Buress was on the debate team in high school in Chicago when he realized he could make people laugh. I tell you this in order to emphasize that congeniality maybe doesn’t come so naturally to a guy whose main comedic jam is parsing things people say and do and then correcting them. “I wouldn’t say I’m combative,” he says, “but, like, when people say something that’s wrong, I’m one to correct them.” Buress is like the smart-aleck kid brother who harps on your every error and hyperbolic moment, and who would be insufferable if he weren’t incredibly funny.