Bill Burr and the Origins of His New Netflix Series ‘F is for Family’

The rise to fame is typically slow for comedians, made clear by Bill Burr who jokingly says he “slept on a futon” until the age of 36. A fan favorite for his unflinching stand up comedy, Burr has also been making appearances in television and movies for years, securing roles on shows like Breaking Bad.

The volatile landscape of network and cable television has never been friendly to comedians. Fortunately, the advent of streaming services has opened a friendly avenue for comedians to find success; Aziz Ansari’s series Master of None and Chelsea Peretti’s stand up special One of the Greats are prime examples, both Netflix originals.

That’s where Burr’s new animated series, F is for Family, finds its home. The show premieres Friday, December 18, and Burr was in studio with Scott Shannon in the Morning to discuss its inception.

“It’s just an idea I had… all these crazy family stories I had for whatever reason I was thinking, ‘What if I animated them?’; made these little five-minute shorts and put them on my website. But, of course, I’m a comedian. I procrastinated and I never did it,” Burr tells Shannon. “And then, years later, I pitched it to Vince’s [Vaughn] company and they loved it. And then they brought on the great Mike Price from The Simpsons and we fleshed the thing out. Next thing you know it’s a whole series with all these characters.”

F is for Family takes place in the 1970s and has Burr as the head of the Murphy family; it also stars Laura Dern, Justin Long, Haley Reinhart, and Debi Derryberry.

Watch the trailer HERE.


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