Comedian Bill Burr doesn’t want to talk about political correctness, which he addresses on his Netflix animated family series “F Is for Family,” or the culture of apologist comedians.
“It’s not the issue that people pretend. Thousands of comedians go on stage every night and it’s no problem, but God forbid one person has a problem and all the sudden the sky is falling. Is it because there’s really a problem?” says Burr, who plays a sold-out show at Belk Theater Friday. “What about the nationwide heroin epidemic or genetically engineered food? Let’s talk about that, instead of a Caitlyn Jenner joke, or someone doing a joke (about) men do this, women do that. If an uninformed idiot like me had an influence on the way people think, it wouldn’t be legal.”
Instead, Burr would much rather talk about former pro wrestler/former Charlotte resident Ric Flair – who can be seen standing next to Burr in his profile photo on Twitter, and who he calls one of his “favorite comedic actors of all-time.”
“He deserves to be in shrines the way Jack Lemmon is,” he says. “His improv is on the level of Robin Williams. ‘I live in the biggest house on the biggest hill in the biggest part of the town.’ What’s that even mean? The biggest part of town? The fact that he would come out and yell at a bunch of people that are probably having difficulties financially and talk about having a golden spoon – not a silver spoon, but a golden spoon. And he would point to his mouth as if he was talking to dumb people.”
Aside from literally wooing Flair – he’s invited him to Friday’s show and has been trying to get wrestling great on his popular “Monday Morning Podcast” – Burr is busy with the second season of “F Is for Family,” which co-stars Laura Dern and Justin Long. “Family” is in the tradition of animated shows like “King of the Hill” and “The Simpsons,” but its Netflix home means there is more creative freedom.
“Their notes last year were ‘Push it farther,’ ” Burr says.
Season 2 of “F Is for Family” is written, but still has to be edited and animated and won’t premiere until next spring.
Burr seems unaware of North Carolina’s controversial bathroom bill when asked about recent boycotts. He’d rather talk about GMO foods, although he isn’t a health nut and pays little attention to labeling.
“If you’re going to nitpick, you better start with the food supply,” he says. “You would think comedians telling jokes or transgender bathrooms are at the top of the list (of what media should cover).”
“How about fixing bridges in this country so they don’t collapse? People of all sexual preferences drive over this thing. It’s not a sexy topic until one collapses,” he says. “Let’s bring backburner stories to the front burner. They’re talking about the size of Trump’s hands. It’s asinine. People are screaming and yelling like they’re watching wrestling.”
Yep, it all comes back to Flair.
When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.
Tickets: Sold out.
Details: 704-372-1000; www.blumenthalarts.org.