Robert Pickering " Bo " Burnham born August 21, is an American comedian, musician, actor, filmmaker and poet. His first full-length album, Bo Burnham , was released the following year. In , Burnham's second album was released, and Words Words Words , his first live comedy special, aired on Comedy Central.
His third album and second comedy special, what. Burnham finished first overall in voting in 's Comedy Central Stand-up Showdown. Burnham was born on August 21, , in Hamilton, Massachusetts , the youngest of three children of Scott Burnham, a construction company owner, and Patricia, a hospice nurse whose work was shadowed in a episode of This American Life.
John's Preparatory School in Danvers, Massachusetts , where he was on the honor roll and involved in theatre and the campus ministry program. In , Burnham videotaped himself performing two songs and posted them on YouTube to share with his family. Accompanying himself on guitar or digital piano , Burnham continued to release self-described "pubescent musical comedy"  songs and videos online as his audience grew.
Described in The Boston Globe as "simultaneously wholesome and disturbing, intimate in a folksy-creepy sort of way", Burnham wrote and released songs about white supremacy , Helen Keller 's disabilities, homosexuality , and more.
Burnham's music and performances tackle such subjects as race , gender , human sexuality , sex , and religion. Burnham's first experience with controversy regarding his music came on March 3, , when fifteen Westminster College students members of the campus' Gay-Straight Alliance , Black Students Association, International Club, and Cultural Diversity Organization protested his concert there that evening.
Of the controversy, he said, "It's so ironic because gay bashers were the ones labeling me in high school I try and write satire that's well-intentioned. But those intentions have to be hidden. It can't be completely clear and that's what makes it comedy. On May 21, , Burnham taped his first one-hour stand-up special, entitled Words Words Words , for Comedy Central from the House of Blues in Boston as part of the network's new "House of Comedy" series of stand-up specials; it aired on Comedy Central on October 16, It was released on October 18, Burnham's second special, titled what.
While performing at the Montreal Just for Laughs festival in ,  Burnham met with director and producer Judd Apatow. That September, Burnham negotiated with Universal Pictures to write and create the music for an Apatow-produced comedy film which he describes as the "anti- High School Musical ",   although Burnham insists the script is not a parody of the Disney musicals, but an attempt to emulate the high school he attended.
Hoping to star in the film he was writing, Burnham told Wired magazine that he named the star "Bo" in a "not-so-subtle hint [he] want[s] to be in it". When he is not performing, Burnham spends eight hours a day writing the music, and his nights writing the script, of which he has finished the first draft. In the promo, Burnham stars opposite Jason Schwartzman , as a student in the latter's English class. Burnham wrote and directed his first feature film, Eighth Grade , which was produced and distributed by A24 and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January For his film Eighth Grade , he received several awards and nominations for his writing and directing, including the following:.
Burnham has been in a relationship with filmmaker Lorene Scafaria since around They live together in Los Angeles. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is the latest accepted revision , reviewed on 8 August American comedian and actor. Stand-up television film music. Observational comedy blue comedy surreal humor insult comedy musical comedy satire anti-comedy.
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