Happy New Years, people who follow this blog. First, some housekeeping… Sorry for the lack of updates at the end of 2013. The worst part was that there was a WHOLE BUNCH of really hilarious stuff I should have been blogging about, but my emphasis on quality over quantity evidentally led to neither… I will do my very best to keep it updated weekly with whatever had me LOLing or ROFLing or whatever the kids these days are using in texts.
I will also be attempting to hit one (or more) open mic stages around the city to flex my comedic muscle, so I’ll definitely keep you in the loop on that so everyone can come on down and watch me squirm for 3-5 minutes.
Anyways, for this post, I wanted to talk about Bo Burnham. Bo is a very young comedian who was one of the early YouTube contributors. He created the ‘boburnham’ channel in 2006 at the tender age of 16-years-old, and has made a name for himself by playing piano and singing cleverly written (but generally politically incorrect) songs via a webcam in his room.
Here’s the video that started it all:
That was from 2006, which is basically 50 internet years ago! Since that initial video (Which has almost 8 million views!), he’s released four comedy albums, a book, and two comedy specials.
His latest special, “what.”, was released on YouTube and Netflix on December 17, and is perhaps the best comedy special of 2013. He pushes boundaries by occasionally wading into crude or politically incorrect territory. His comedy stylings are certainly not for everyone, but to see the growth over the past 7 years as a writer, comedian and performer is quite remarkable. “what.” is like nothing you’ve ever seen before, and Burnham will surprise you at every turn.
I’ve imbedded the YouTube video below. As might be expected, Burnham doesn’t shy away from offensive language or subject matter, but it never comes across as malicious or vulgar simply for the sake of being vulgar. The special, nearly from start to finish, maintains frantic pacing that sets it apart from anything you’ve ever seen on a comedy stage.
(BONUS EDIT: Bo wins at the internet. Probably my favourite Vine.)