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Burnham’s turn toward performance art stirs the heart and the mind.

A screenshot from “Inside.” Bo Burnham lays wrapped in a blanket with his head on a pillow. A plugged-in microphone rests gently next to his mouth, contrasting the chaotic jumble of cords on the floor next to him.
A screenshot from “Inside.” Bo Burnham lays wrapped in a blanket with his head on a pillow. A plugged-in microphone rests gently next to his mouth, contrasting the chaotic jumble of cords on the floor next to him.
Screenshot from “Inside”//Courtesy Netflix

Bo Burnham has spent most of his 30 years on this Earth making people laugh. From the moment his 2009 viral YouTube video “I’m Bo, Yo” launched him into near-overnight notability in the comedy world, he’s been constantly growing and changing as an artist. The sophomoric sex jokes have remained, but typically only in service of a grander experimental punchline about the form of comedy itself and his audience’s expectations. Bo has grown as a performer and a person in front of his fanbase’s eyes, yet because he remains innovative and profoundly curious about the corner of the entertainment world…

Olivia G

Olivia is a self-trained writer and thinker who writes about the history of American culture vis a vis pop culture.

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