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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.
I think because of the Internet I was able to study comedy from quite a young age and watch a lot of comedy.
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.
Basically, I don't like to tweet stuff about my life. I only like to tweet jokes.
It's all about surprising people, and you're not surprising people if you're making them laugh every five seconds.
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.
I'd love to write a song that someone else sings that can actually sing really well.
I just like to write and then perform.
I misdirect the audience, so they have no idea where they are or who they're listening to.
I don't really care about capitalizing on momentum.
I enjoy stand up so much because I take time off, and then I'll be excited to go back to it.
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.
If a comic is himself, there'll be things he can't do -- because he has to adhere to that persona.
The Internet is so crazy, and you're exposed to so many things. In an hour, you can really jump around.
With 'Words, Words, Words,' that show was me experimenting with something, and then there was a clear direction for me.
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.
I have no real want or need to be a movie star.
Even in movies like 'Superbad,' they're all lovable kids.
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.
I'm left-brained, so I'm all about a mathematical approach to language. I've always been interested in that.
Music is really, really mathematical.
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.
I don't interact with people much.
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.
I like to inject a bit of production value and flair to comedy, or at least to my little corner of comedy.
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.
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.
I'll stop when I think I'm not doing good stuff. I'll never exploit something just because people like it.
I don't mind having 16-year-old fans, but I hate just having 16-year-old fans. I want more diversity.
If I was confronted with some 20-year-old American hotshot, I'd hate him.
I don't think I've had a job since I worked for my father's construction company.
I write about what I know: teenage dating, overly charged sexuality, all the things that make you uncomfortable.
I always wanted to be a comedian but never thought I'd be a musical comedian.
I was being called a shock comic. I hated that. It's so cheap and stupid.
I'm still a kid in his bedroom, writing songs and playing them.
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.
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.
Being famous is complete luck, and that's something you can't bank on.
I've been doin' drive-bys all of my life. Except the bullets are newspapers, the car is my bike.
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.
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.
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.
I get more ass than a giant donkey stable.
I'm just a giddy teenager who would like to break into show business any way I can.
Poverty. Racism. Isn't it strange, only the homeless are begging for change?
Forever and an Instant
Forever and an instant met up one day,
had a short but lovely talk,
then each went on its way.
Being self-aware about doing something you hate doesn't save you from the act.
'what.' is bombastic introspection. It's large, colourful, and loud but hopefully intimate at the same time.
I don't want to monitor my audience too closely, as that can really drive you crazy.
And two balls minus one, six titles at the tour de France.
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.
What's a pirate minus the ship? just a creative homeless guy.
The unlimited amount of information that I have access to has also given me an unlimited threshold for how I need to be stimulated.
Squaring numbers are just like women. If they're under thirteen, just do them in your head.
If Jesus can walk on water, can he swim on land?
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.
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.
I thought I had more of a European sense of humour than the average American comic.
The average person has one Fallopian tube.
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.
When life gets you down, make a comforter!
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.
A few people know me, and the few people that do know me only know me because they dig my stuff.
My success, literally, is your success figuratively.
I don't worship comedy; at the end of the day, I don't fall to the altar of comedy unquestioningly.
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.
No one entertains the thought that maybe God does not believe in you.
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.
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.
Twitter is a lot like crystal meth, because it's really fun to do and Oprah's on it.
People give me money and I don't know why, my real collection plate is an empty cup held by a homeless guy.
Women are like fingers and toes because they're easy to count on.
I chose to do comedy instead of going to college.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I'm thankful for all of you. I am not thankful for the pilgrims. Buckles should never be on hats.
Bitches and hoes don't exist because the hoes know Bo's a feminist.
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.
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?
Laughter is the best medicine, y'know, besides medicine.
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.
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.
I love you like a gay geneticist loves designer genes.
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.
Is there anything better than pussy? Yeah, a really good book.
I don't need anything as long as I have my family, friends, millions of dollars, unlimited pussy.
Women are like puzzles because prior to 1920 neither had the right to vote. Puzzles still don't.
For some comedians it feels so cool to be like: 'I'll say anything, man!'. I'm not quite there yet.
Back home they call me the tie-dye shirt kid. Well, that and faggot.