Bo Burnham

Bo Burnham
Bo Burnham in Pittsburgh (cropped).jpg
Burnham performing in April 2012
BornRobert Pickering Burnham
(1990-08-21) August 21, 1990 (age 27)
Hamilton, Massachusetts, U.S.
  • Comedian
  • musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • actor
  • poet
Years active2006-present
Musical career
GenresComedy, satire
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • synthesizer
  • ukulele
LabelsComedy Central Records


Robert Pickering “Bo” Burnham (given birth to August 21, 1990) can be an American comedian, musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, professional, and poet. He started his performance profession being a YouTuber in March 2006, and his movies have been seen over 203 million situations by August 2017. Burnham signed a four-year record cope with Humor Central Information and released his debut EP, Bo Fo Sho, in 2008. His initial full-length record, Bo Burnham, premiered the following calendar year. This year 2010, Burnham’s second record premiered, and Words Words and phrases Words, his initial live comedy particular, shown on Comedy Central. His third record and second humor special, what., premiered in 2013 on his YouTube route and Netflix. Burnham completed first general in voting in 2011’s Humor Central Stand-up Showdown. His third stand-up humor special, Make Content, was released solely on Netflix on June 3, 2016. Furthermore to his profession being a comedian, Burnham co-created and starred in the MTV tv series Zach Rock Is Gonna Be Famous and released his 1st publication of poetry, Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Concepts Alone, in 2013.

Early life

Burnham was created in Hamilton, Massachusetts, the youngest of 3 kids of Scott Burnham, a building organization owner, and Patricia, a nurse in Burnham's college. He graduated from St. John's Preparatory College in the springtime of 2008, where he was around the honor move and involved with theatre as well as the campus ministry system. He was accepted to NY University's Tisch College from the Arts to review Experimental Theater, but rather deferred his entrance for a season to pursue a profession in comedy.


In 2006, Burnham videotaped himself performing two tunes and published them on YouTube to talk about along with his family. They truly became an overnight feeling when they had been copied to, with visitors multiplying more than 111 times.Associated himself on guitar or digital piano, Burnham continuing release a self-described "pubescent musical comedy" songs and videos online as his audience grew. Described in The Boston World as "concurrently wholesome and troubling, intimate inside a folksy-creepy type of method", Burnham published and released tunes about white supremacy, Helen Keller's disabilities, homosexuality, and even more. Most of Burnham's home-released video clips were self-recorded around his family's house in Hamilton, Massachusetts, most in his bedroom, and experienced an intentional "do-it-yourself [experience], nearly like voyeurism".Burnham's music and shows tackle such topics as competition, gender, human being sexuality, sex, and religious beliefs. Burnham explains his on-stage persona like a "even more arrogant, stuck-up edition [of] himself". When talking to The Detroit Information about his rapping, he portrayed his objective to honor and respect the perspective and lifestyle of hip-hop music.Symbolized by Douglas Edley, Burnham documented a performance in London for Comedy Central's The World STACKS UP in January 2008 (shown June 30, 2008), and agreed upon a four-record cope with Comedy Central Details. Comedy Central Information released Burnham's first EP, the six-song Bo Fo Sho, as an internet release-only recording on June 17, 2008. Burnham's 1st full recording, the self-titled Bo Burnham, premiered on March 10, 2009.Burnham has performed his music in america, including Cobb's Humor Club, YouTube Reside in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, and Caroline's Humor Club in NEW YORK, and internationally in London and Montreal. In August 2010, Burnham was nominated for "Greatest Humor Show" in the 2010 Edinburgh Humor Honours after his inaugural overall performance (of Bo Burnham: Terms, Words, Terms). He rather received the "-panel Reward", a £5,000 award for "the display or act that has most captured the humor spirit from the 2010 Fringe".Burnham's first knowledge with controversy relating to his music came on March 3, 2009, when fifteen Westminster University students (members from the campus' Gay-Straight Alliance, Dark Learners Association, International Membership, and Cultural Variety Company) protested his concert there that night time. From the controversy, he stated, "It's therefore ironic because homosexual bashers had been the types labeling me in senior high school ... I try to compose satire that's well-intentioned. But those motives need to be concealed. It can not be totally clear and that is why is it humor." Regardless of the college's entrance that that they had booked Burnham while ignorant of his show's materials, dean of learners John Comerford praised the possibilities for discourse the controversy brought the institution.ON, MAY 21, 2010, Burnham taped his initial one-hour stand-up particular, entitled Words Words and phrases Words and phrases, for Comedy Central from the home of Blues in Boston within the network's new "Home of Comedy" group of stand-up special deals; it shown on Humor Central on Oct 16, 2010. It had been released on Oct 18, 2010. Burnham's second particular, titled what., premiered on both Netflix and YouTube on Dec 17, 2013. Burnham's most recent particular, Make Happy, was made by Netflix and released on June 3, 2016.


Fake We.D. – fall 2009 Bo Burnham and (No) Close friends – fall 2010 Bo Burnham Live (UK/US tour) – June 2011 – July 2012 Bo Burnham: what. tour – summer months 2013 Bo Burnham: 'Make Content' tour – early 2016 and fall 2016


While performing on the Montreal Simply for Laughs celebration in 2008, Burnham met with movie director and manufacturer Judd Apatow. That Sept, Burnham negotiated with General Pictures to create and create the music for an Apatow-produced humor film which he represents as the "anti-High College Musical", although Burnham insists the script isn't a parody from the Disney musicals, but an effort to emulate the senior high school he went to. Hoping to superstar in the film he was composing, Burnham informed Wired newspaper that he called the superstar "Bo" within a "not-so-subtle hint [he] wish[s] to maintain it". Within a March 2009 interview with Boston's Regular Drill down, Burnham elaborated on his use the film. When he's not executing, Burnham spends eight hours per day composing the music, and his evenings composing the script, which he provides finished the initial draft. Co-writing the screenplay with Burnham was his senior high school friend Luke Liacos. Within an Oct 2010 interview with MTV, Burnham accepted that he didn't know any thing about the continuing future of the task, and that it had been all successfully up in the surroundings so far as he knew.IN-MAY 2009, viral advertising began appearing for Funny People, where Burnham stars within a NBC sitcom called Yo Teach! In the promo, Burnham superstars contrary Jason Schwartzman, as students in the latter's British class.


This year 2010, Burnham wrote and professional produced Zach Rock Is certainly Gonna Be Famous alongside Dan Lagana, Luke Liacos, and Dave Becky. The series had not been found for another period and officially finished on June 26, 2013.


On the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, he was nominated for the primary Edinburgh Comedy Award and won both Edinburgh Comedy Awards' -panel prize as well as the Malcolm Hardee "Act PROBABLY to produce a Million Quid" Award.

Performance credits


Bo Fo Sho (2008), Humor Central Information Bo Burnham (2009) Terms Words Terms (2010) what. (2013) Make Content (2016)


Humor Central Presents (March 27, 2009) – himself; by July 2009, Burnham may be the youngest comedian to become presented American Virgin (2009) Funny People (2009) – Yo Train! cast member Bo Burnham: Terms, Words, Phrases (2010) – himself Hall Move (2011) – Bartender The Green Space with Paul Provenza (2011) – himself Escapades in the Sin Bin (2012) – Tony Zach Rock Is Gonna Become Famous (2013) – Zach Rock Parks and Entertainment (2014) – Chipp McCapp Crucial and Peele (2015) Show: "A Cappella Golf club" – Lyle Kroll Display (2015), 2 shows – United kingdom contestant We Bare Bears (2015–present), show: "Nom Nom's Entourage" – Andrew Bangs THE BEST Ill (2017) – CJ Tough Night time (2017) – Tobey