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Bo Burnham: what. (2013)

A musical stand-up comedy show by Bo Burnham, the famous internet musician.


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A musical stand-up comedy show by Bo Burnham, the famous internet musician.

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18 December 2013 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


In the left brain right brain skit, Bo is referred to as patient 24602. This is one number higher than 24601 which is Jean Valjean's prison number in Les Miserables. See more »


Bo Burnham: The world's so sad, bros. Pain. Genocide. War. Sexism. Racism. But I've gotta remember there's good things about it, too. Like the fact that none of that's happening to me! Score! Still though, it's hard not to be sad about it. How do y'all do it? I've been telling you guys terribly sad things this whole song. You haven't been sad at all. You've been, you've been happy. No, you've been laughing. That's it! Laughter! It's the key to everything! It's the way to solve all the sadness in the world....
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References Toy Story 3 (2010) See more »


Walking Between The Microphones Is Really Awkward
Written and Performed by Bo Burnham
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20 December 2013 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

Bo returns to the stage, and delivers on his multiple talents - playing instruments(mostly "air" ones) and comedy - musical(including making it largely out of sampled sounds), verbal and physical. He goes for wordplay, the clever, and the silly, with universal jokes, rather than ones that will date this.

As usual, he prioritizes being consistently funny and challenging over having one specific focus - with that said, he does get rather introspective(such as the "two halves of the brain" bit), and one can tell that he has grown since he launched on the internet. Of course, this doesn't mean that he is unrecognizable, far from it. His brand and identity remain intact, and in-between, sometimes even in, the intellectual parts, he gets just as immature as we want him to.

Awkwardness is embraced, not shied away from. That of himself, and some of the things that go into shaping a show like this - yes, he does go as meta and self-referential as usual(a child of YouTube, that much is clear). We can follow his line of thinking, and yet he throws curve-balls our way. Plain and simple, we never, for a second, know exactly what he's going to do next, and whenever he jumps tracks in his train of thought, the audience(including the live ones for the video recording of this) loves it. It is simply that carefully crafted.

Among his material are social problems(with an indictment of himself and other artists, making this simultaneously the illness and the cure, the reason for needing, and the actual pursuing of, therapy), integrity, religion, sexuality, etc. At the time of writing this, the entire well-paced 60-minute presentation is up on, and thus endorsed by, his own channel, so legally free to watch.

There is brutal and disturbing imagery in this. I recommend this to any fan of Burnham. 8/10

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