Hannibal buress hands meme

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Hannibal Buress looking at this hands is now a meme

What's going on with those hands?


David Britton


Posted on Aug 2, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 7:28 am CDT

Yet another clip from The Eric Andre Show has become a meme. Fans might recall that back in April of last year a segment from the comedy show featuring Andre shooting co-host Hannibal Buress in the chest became a popular object-labeling meme.

Now another video featuring Buress has become a meme.

Hannibal Buress hands meme

The new meme comes from a November 2013 clip of the show, in which Buress stares at his hands. It’s pretty surreal stuff, which is the show’s bread and butter.

On July 27, 2019, Twitter user @ARIE77E posted a shortened version of the clip and replaced the original music with music from the 2018 horror film Hereditary.

“I made this video of Hannibal with the Hereditary music,” they wrote in the post, “but i didn’t know what to caption it so. here.”


Twitter was only too happy to suggest some captions.

The tweet was already fairly popular, but things really took off when people started taking it in a more sexual direction.



Hannibal Buress himself found out about the meme and seemed pretty perplexed by the whole thing. He tweeted, “Why ?????” and “What is this???” in response to it.



It’s doubtful that Buress was really all that confused. He was probably just playing along with the gag. At any rate, he’s now selling shirts and hoodies with an image of the clip.

hannibal hands meme hoodie
Hannabal Buress

It’s somewhat interesting to note that while a lot of memes take something fairly mundane out of its original context and make it weirder, Buress’ hands meme does just the opposite. The segment from The Eric Andre Show was purposefully a strange non-sequitur. It wasn’t until the clip became a meme that it gained some sort of context.

Of course, that makes perfect sense. Even in the surreal world of memes, it’s going to be tough to out-weird The Eric Andre Show.


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*First Published: Aug 2, 2019, 10:25 am CDT