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Robert Pickering "Bo" Burnham (born August 21, 1990) is an American comedian, musician, singer, filmmaker, and actor. He began his career on YouTube in 2006, with his videos gaining over 517 million views as of October 2021.

Burnham signed a four-year record deal with Comedy Central Records and released his debut EP, Bo fo Sho, in 2008. His first full-length album, Bo Burnham, was released the following year. At the age of 18, he became the youngest person to record a half-hour comedy special with Comedy Central. In 2010, his second album, Words Words Words, was released along with his first live comedy special of the same name on Comedy Central. His third album and second comedy special, what., was released in 2013 on his YouTube channel and Netflix. He finished in first place at the 2011 Comedy Central Stand-up Showdown. In 2013, Burnham co-created and starred in the MTV television series Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous and released a book of poetry called Egghead: Or, You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone. His third stand-up comedy special, Make Happy, was released exclusively on Netflix in 2016.

His first feature film as a writer and director, Eighth Grade, was released in 2018 to widespread critical acclaim; among other accolades, it received the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film. In 2020, Burnham starred as Ryan Cooper in the Oscar-winning film Promising Young Woman. His fourth special, Bo Burnham: Inside, was released on Netflix in 2021 to widespread critical acclaim and was nominated in six categories at the 73rd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, winning three awards including Outstanding Music Direction. Three songs from the special ("Bezos I", "All Eyes on Me", and "Welcome to the Internet") earned him his first charting songs on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 and Global 200 charts.

quote by Bo Burnham: I think because of the Internet I was able to study comedy from quite a young age and watch a lot of comedy. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I think because of the Internet I was able to study comedy from quite a young age and watch a lot of comedy.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: Facebook became ubiquitous when I was 16, so I vaguely formed a sense of myself a little bit. I had kind of learned to think a little bit before the stuff was everywhere. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Facebook became ubiquitous when I was 16, so I vaguely formed a sense of myself a little bit. I had kind of learned to think a little bit before the stuff was everywhere.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: Basically, I don't like to tweet stuff about my life. I only like to tweet jokes. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Basically, I don't like to tweet stuff about my life. I only like to tweet jokes.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: It's all about surprising people, and you're not surprising people if you're making them laugh every five seconds. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

It's all about surprising people, and you're not surprising people if you're making them laugh every five seconds.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: The strength of comedy is I don't have to answer to anybody, but sometimes you want to learn from other people and see your ideas strengthen by other people. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

The strength of comedy is I don't have to answer to anybody, but sometimes you want to learn from other people and see your ideas strengthen by other people.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I'd love to write a song that someone else sings that can actually sing really well. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I'd love to write a song that someone else sings that can actually sing really well.

--Bo Burnham


quote by Bo Burnham: I just like to write and then perform. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I just like to write and then perform.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I misdirect the audience, so they have no idea where they are or who they're listening to. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I misdirect the audience, so they have no idea where they are or who they're listening to.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I don't really care about capitalizing on momentum. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I don't really care about capitalizing on momentum.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I enjoy stand up so much because I take time off, and then I'll be excited to go back to it. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I enjoy stand up so much because I take time off, and then I'll be excited to go back to it.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: There's only one rule in stand-up, which is that you have to be funny. Yet 99 per cent of comics look and talk exactly the same. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

There's only one rule in stand-up, which is that you have to be funny. Yet 99 per cent of comics look and talk exactly the same.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: If a comic is himself, there'll be things he can't do -- because he has to adhere to that persona. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

If a comic is himself, there'll be things he can't do -- because he has to adhere to that persona.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: The Internet is so crazy, and you're exposed to so many things. In an hour, you can really jump around. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

The Internet is so crazy, and you're exposed to so many things. In an hour, you can really jump around.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: With 'Words, Words, Words,' that show was me experimenting with something, and then there was a clear direction for me. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

With 'Words, Words, Words,' that show was me experimenting with something, and then there was a clear direction for me.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I'd love to do something that doesn't have my stupid face in front of it. I feel like I've exhausted what I can do with my own face. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I'd love to do something that doesn't have my stupid face in front of it. I feel like I've exhausted what I can do with my own face.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I have no real want or need to be a movie star. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I have no real want or need to be a movie star.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: Even in movies like 'Superbad,' they're all lovable kids. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Even in movies like 'Superbad,' they're all lovable kids.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I'm not as incredibly prolific as Louis C. K., and I'm definitely not doing a completely brand-new hour probably by the beginning of the tour. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I'm not as incredibly prolific as Louis C. K., and I'm definitely not doing a completely brand-new hour probably by the beginning of the tour.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I'm left-brained, so I'm all about a mathematical approach to language. I've always been interested in that. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I'm left-brained, so I'm all about a mathematical approach to language. I've always been interested in that.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: Music is really, really mathematical. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Music is really, really mathematical.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: All my fans saw me as some little kid who can't even afford new jeans in his room, so they'll support me. That'll work until I become a success. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

All my fans saw me as some little kid who can't even afford new jeans in his room, so they'll support me. That'll work until I become a success.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I don't interact with people much. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I don't interact with people much.

--Bo Burnham

quote by Bo Burnham: Everyone in my family is very supportive, and any mention of family in my show is just, in my idea, the funniest version of the family of the guy of who's performing. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Everyone in my family is very supportive, and any mention of family in my show is just, in my idea, the funniest version of the family of the guy of who's performing.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I like to inject a bit of production value and flair to comedy, or at least to my little corner of comedy. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I like to inject a bit of production value and flair to comedy, or at least to my little corner of comedy.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: The quality of the work when I was 16... I've had my issues with it, but I've learned to forgive myself because I was 16 years old. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

The quality of the work when I was 16... I've had my issues with it, but I've learned to forgive myself because I was 16 years old.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: The U.K. and Europe in general seem to be a lot more patient. The U.S. are expecting 'joke joke joke joke joke joke joke.' They don't actually sit and listen to you. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

The U.K. and Europe in general seem to be a lot more patient. The U.S. are expecting 'joke joke joke joke joke joke joke.' They don't actually sit and listen to you.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I'll stop when I think I'm not doing good stuff. I'll never exploit something just because people like it. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I'll stop when I think I'm not doing good stuff. I'll never exploit something just because people like it.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I don't mind having 16-year-old fans, but I hate just having 16-year-old fans. I want more diversity. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I don't mind having 16-year-old fans, but I hate just having 16-year-old fans. I want more diversity.

--Bo Burnham

quote by Bo Burnham: If I was confronted with some 20-year-old American hotshot, I'd hate him. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

If I was confronted with some 20-year-old American hotshot, I'd hate him.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I don't think I've had a job since I worked for my father's construction company. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I don't think I've had a job since I worked for my father's construction company.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I write about what I know: teenage dating, overly charged sexuality, all the things that make you uncomfortable. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I write about what I know: teenage dating, overly charged sexuality, all the things that make you uncomfortable.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I always wanted to be a comedian but never thought I'd be a musical comedian. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I always wanted to be a comedian but never thought I'd be a musical comedian.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I was being called a shock comic. I hated that. It's so cheap and stupid. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I was being called a shock comic. I hated that. It's so cheap and stupid.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I'm still a kid in his bedroom, writing songs and playing them. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I'm still a kid in his bedroom, writing songs and playing them.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I was doing theater in my high school, and I started writing sort of silly songs on the piano backstage in summer theater. I eventually put them online and started getting this little following. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I was doing theater in my high school, and I started writing sort of silly songs on the piano backstage in summer theater. I eventually put them online and started getting this little following.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I just try to do things on stage that I think the audience would enjoy. And I try to draw on and add to acts that I've enjoyed watching. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I just try to do things on stage that I think the audience would enjoy. And I try to draw on and add to acts that I've enjoyed watching.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: Being famous is complete luck, and that's something you can't bank on. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Being famous is complete luck, and that's something you can't bank on.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I've been doin' drive-bys all of my life. Except the bullets are newspapers, the car is my bike. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I've been doin' drive-bys all of my life. Except the bullets are newspapers, the car is my bike.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: There's tons of dudes -- like David O'Doherty, Tim Key, and Alex Horne -- I made a lot of friends with people who are really incredible comics. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

There's tons of dudes -- like David O'Doherty, Tim Key, and Alex Horne -- I made a lot of friends with people who are really incredible comics.

--Bo Burnham

quote by Bo Burnham: If comedy is about surprises, about tension, there's a lot of tension and surprise there, in the fact that people are expecting this to be natural. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

If comedy is about surprises, about tension, there's a lot of tension and surprise there, in the fact that people are expecting this to be natural.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I feel lucky, where I'm not 'famous' famous. I'm not someone that everyone kind of knows for no reason. If people know who I am, they like me because if they didn't like me, they forgot about me. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I feel lucky, where I'm not 'famous' famous. I'm not someone that everyone kind of knows for no reason. If people know who I am, they like me because if they didn't like me, they forgot about me.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I get more ass than a giant donkey stable. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I get more ass than a giant donkey stable.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I'm just a giddy teenager who would like to break into show business any way I can. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I'm just a giddy teenager who would like to break into show business any way I can.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: Poverty. Racism. Isn't it strange, only the homeless are begging for change? with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Poverty. Racism. Isn't it strange, only the homeless are begging for change?

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: Forever and an Instant

Forever and an instant met up one day,
had a short but lovely talk,
then each went on its way. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Forever and an Instant

Forever and an instant met up one day,
had a short but lovely talk,
then each went on its way.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: Being self-aware about doing something you hate doesn't save you from the act. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Being self-aware about doing something you hate doesn't save you from the act.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: 'what.' is bombastic introspection. It's large, colourful, and loud but hopefully intimate at the same time. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

'what.' is bombastic introspection. It's large, colourful, and loud but hopefully intimate at the same time.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I don't want to monitor my audience too closely, as that can really drive you crazy. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I don't want to monitor my audience too closely, as that can really drive you crazy.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: And two balls minus one, six titles at the tour de France. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

And two balls minus one, six titles at the tour de France.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: And if ten percent of men are gay and twenty percent of men are Chinese, what are the odds that a men chosen at random spends his free time and mealtime while on his knees. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

And if ten percent of men are gay and twenty percent of men are Chinese, what are the odds that a men chosen at random spends his free time and mealtime while on his knees.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: What's a pirate minus the ship? just a creative homeless guy. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

What's a pirate minus the ship? just a creative homeless guy.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: The unlimited amount of information that I have access to has also given me an unlimited threshold for how I need to be stimulated. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

The unlimited amount of information that I have access to has also given me an unlimited threshold for how I need to be stimulated.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: Squaring numbers are just like women. If they're under thirteen, just do them in your head. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Squaring numbers are just like women. If they're under thirteen, just do them in your head.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: If Jesus can walk on water, can he swim on land? with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

If Jesus can walk on water, can he swim on land?

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I'm friends with a lot of comedians, but we don't talk about material. Most comedians I know don't watch a lot of other comedy. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I'm friends with a lot of comedians, but we don't talk about material. Most comedians I know don't watch a lot of other comedy.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I love you just the way you are but you don't see you like I do. You shouldn't try so hard to be perfect. Trust me, perfect should try to be you. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I love you just the way you are but you don't see you like I do. You shouldn't try so hard to be perfect. Trust me, perfect should try to be you.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I thought I had more of a European sense of humour than the average American comic. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I thought I had more of a European sense of humour than the average American comic.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: The average person has one Fallopian tube. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

The average person has one Fallopian tube.

--Bo Burnham

quote by Bo Burnham: I love Tim Minchin, Bill Bailey, and Hans Teeuwen, and I'm trying to synthesise elements of theatre into my show a little bit more. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I love Tim Minchin, Bill Bailey, and Hans Teeuwen, and I'm trying to synthesise elements of theatre into my show a little bit more.

--Bo Burnham

quote by Bo Burnham: When life gets you down, make a comforter! with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

When life gets you down, make a comforter!

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I like the idea of conceiving a show and putting on a show, and especially when I got to the place where I could play theaters. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I like the idea of conceiving a show and putting on a show, and especially when I got to the place where I could play theaters.

--Bo Burnham

quote by Bo Burnham: A few people know me, and the few people that do know me only know me because they dig my stuff. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

A few people know me, and the few people that do know me only know me because they dig my stuff.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: My success, literally, is your success figuratively. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

My success, literally, is your success figuratively.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I don't worship comedy; at the end of the day, I don't fall to the altar of comedy unquestioningly. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I don't worship comedy; at the end of the day, I don't fall to the altar of comedy unquestioningly.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I think controversy has this allusion of being controversial but it's totally not, which is why I'm trying to get away from it because it's just easy and automatic. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I think controversy has this allusion of being controversial but it's totally not, which is why I'm trying to get away from it because it's just easy and automatic.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: No one entertains the thought that maybe God does not believe in you. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

No one entertains the thought that maybe God does not believe in you.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I don't consciously try to make things difficult as much as I try to make them a little different. I like all kinds of laughs. I tried to make a show that elicit groans, guffaws, chuckles, boos. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I don't consciously try to make things difficult as much as I try to make them a little different. I like all kinds of laughs. I tried to make a show that elicit groans, guffaws, chuckles, boos.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: My persona on stage was always coming from a place of I know better than you and I'm going to be a little bit pretentious in your face with these sort of crass ideas. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

My persona on stage was always coming from a place of I know better than you and I'm going to be a little bit pretentious in your face with these sort of crass ideas.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: Twitter is a lot like crystal meth, because it's really fun to do and Oprah's on it. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Twitter is a lot like crystal meth, because it's really fun to do and Oprah's on it.

--Bo Burnham

quote by Bo Burnham: People give me money and I don't know why, my real collection plate is an empty cup held by a homeless guy. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

People give me money and I don't know why, my real collection plate is an empty cup held by a homeless guy.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: Women are like fingers and toes because they're easy to count on. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Women are like fingers and toes because they're easy to count on.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I chose to do comedy instead of going to college. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I chose to do comedy instead of going to college.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I'm thankful for all of you. I am not thankful for the pilgrims. Buckles should never be on hats. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I'm thankful for all of you. I am not thankful for the pilgrims. Buckles should never be on hats.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: Bitches and hoes don't exist because the hoes know Bo's a feminist. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Bitches and hoes don't exist because the hoes know Bo's a feminist.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I'm happy with what I'm doing. I try not to focus on how I've changed. I just try to focus on what I'm doing now. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I'm happy with what I'm doing. I try not to focus on how I've changed. I just try to focus on what I'm doing now.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: There's a metal train that a mile long and at the very back end a lightning bolt struck her. How long til it reaches and kills the driver, provided that he's a good conductor? with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

There's a metal train that a mile long and at the very back end a lightning bolt struck her. How long til it reaches and kills the driver, provided that he's a good conductor?

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: Laughter is the best medicine, y'know, besides medicine. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Laughter is the best medicine, y'know, besides medicine.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I think no matter what you do, a certain amount of people are going to call you a sellout, somehow, you know. If I ever start trying to make a living on it. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I think no matter what you do, a certain amount of people are going to call you a sellout, somehow, you know. If I ever start trying to make a living on it.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: My first concern is that when you go to a show, you should be present. It's much more exciting to put the camera down and lose yourself in it. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

My first concern is that when you go to a show, you should be present. It's much more exciting to put the camera down and lose yourself in it.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I love you like a gay geneticist loves designer genes. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I love you like a gay geneticist loves designer genes.

--Bo Burnham



quote by Bo Burnham: I'm a stand up comic and I always sit and slouch, and I got my girlfriend pregnant on my sterile uncles pull-out couch. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I'm a stand up comic and I always sit and slouch, and I got my girlfriend pregnant on my sterile uncles pull-out couch.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: Is there anything better than pussy? Yeah, a really good book. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Is there anything better than pussy? Yeah, a really good book.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: I don't need anything as long as I have my family, friends, millions of dollars, unlimited pussy. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

I don't need anything as long as I have my family, friends, millions of dollars, unlimited pussy.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: Women are like puzzles because prior to 1920 neither had the right to vote. Puzzles still don't. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Women are like puzzles because prior to 1920 neither had the right to vote. Puzzles still don't.

--Bo Burnham
quote by Bo Burnham: For some comedians it feels so cool to be like: 'I'll say anything, man!'. I'm not quite there yet. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

For some comedians it feels so cool to be like: 'I'll say anything, man!'. I'm not quite there yet.

--Bo Burnham

quote by Bo Burnham: Back home they call me the tie-dye shirt kid. Well, that and faggot. with background image: photo of author Bo Burnham with quote

Back home they call me the tie-dye shirt kid. Well, that and faggot.

--Bo Burnham

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