Bo Burnham is a product of the very thing that he hates.
The comedian, known for his elaborately staged performances and caustic humor, got his start nine years ago by posting funny songs on his You Tube channel.
"I don't want to put meaning on what I do," says Burnham in a laconic New England drawl, down the phone from his adoptive Los Angeles, "because I don't know what it is.
But I do hope my sort of frantic, the–floor–is–lava type of comedy is a mimic of what it feels like to be alive now – for me at least, and hopefully for other people my age.
“I think the problem is that oftentimes, the only people that are qualified to talk about something are people that, were they to talk about it, they’d be hypocrites.” At the end of the special, he asks, “Are you happy? His comedic tone verges towards “College Freshman Who’s Too Smart For His Own Good,” but unlike the kid in your Philosophy 101 class (or, . It was all very introspective and closed off, and this one is meant to be like that one but inside out: Now it’s pointed out towards the audience. The last one started with a big voiceover talking about me: ‘This is Bo, and he’s this many years old, and he’s this way,’ and this one starts with ‘Hello audience,’ and I come out and it’s all call and response with the audience. The show is meant to be manic and strange, and its doubling back on itself because it is so hypocritical.As he darts between a knowingly saccharine piano ballad, a blistering dialogue between his right and left brain, some filthy gesturing, a humanistic song in the voice of God, a salvo on music–industry cynicism and a furiously un–PC poem, the impression is of a show as kaleidoscopically fragmented as it is fast.Then again, What.'s brilliance came as little surprise. 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.