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Bo Burnham, American Comedian ( August 21, 1990 - )

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Once a week, I like to slip into a deep existential depression where I lose all my sense of oneness and self-worth.~Bo Burnham


Deep Depression Week

I've found nothing but support and generosity from older comics. I think comedians are a lot nicer than the stigma is, at least from my experience.~Bo Burnham


Experience Support Nothing

For me, comedy is constantly presented as this fake casualness, like a guy just walked on stage going, 'This crazy thing happened to me the other day.' And he's in front of 3000 people, and he's acting like an everyman, and he's getting paid so much money.~Bo Burnham


Money Day People

I don't try to call myself a poet. But I know that my stuff is pretty literal, in that the themes are pretty simple and on the surface.~Bo Burnham


Myself Simple Try

I think it would collapse my heart if I was super famous. I don't have the nerve for it, I'm too anxious. I don't know how you're not obsessed with how people perceive you, because they're real people, you know? You can convince yourself that they don't really know you, and that's true, but how can it not hurt your feelings?~Bo Burnham


Heart Hurt Yourself

There's a certain line between jokes and music and poetry that's a bit blurred in my mind.~Bo Burnham


Music Poetry Mind

Comedy should be a source of positivity. I don't want to bully people, and I don't want people to come to my show to feel terrible about something. So I'm actually very open to having a conversation about what I should or shouldn't say.~Bo Burnham


People Want Conversation

I like to call everyone that I find slightly annoying a 'sociopath.'~Bo Burnham


Find Everyone Call

I have a pretty good math mind, so I can see patterns, but I don't have a great ear. It's like a tragedy - I can see so much more natural musical ability in so many other people.~Bo Burnham


Good Great People

At once I feel that comedy is this amazing sort of transcendent thing, and I'm also open to the fact that maybe it's just an evolutionary hiccup, something that upright apes do in their free time.~Bo Burnham


Time Amazing Free

In high school, I worked eight hours a day just so I could get into the college of my dreams and say that I got in - and I never went.~Bo Burnham


Dreams School Day

I was definitely not the kid that just wanted to be famous for no reason whatsoever and then happened to find comedy. Fame and all that stuff have always been slightly terrifying to me, and it makes me very anxious.~Bo Burnham


Famous Me Fame

At one point when I was very young, when I was first starting out, I thought, 'Well, one day I'll be able to put all the music away and become a real comedian.' But then I realized there are amazing musical comedians out there, that musical comedy is probably something I'll always want to pursue.~Bo Burnham


Music Day Amazing

Comedy doesn't really matter that much; I know that. I treat it like an adult - I don't treat it like a child or a god, which some people do. This might just be in America, but 'stand-up comedy' is something very particular that I don't particularly relate to.~Bo Burnham


God Child People

Most of my songs make fun of myself.~Bo Burnham


Myself Fun Most

I've always liked the format of YouTube, sharing things for free, which is a nice exchange between people.~Bo Burnham


People Free Nice

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.~Bo Burnham


Try Comedy Hidden

I'm bored way too easily. I'm staring at screens half the day. I need to be overstimulated. And how will that express itself artistically?~Bo Burnham


Day Way Staring

The average person has one Fallopian tube.~Bo Burnham


Average Person Tube

I think the love-hate is fundamental. Everyone hates reality television, and everyone's watching it. Everyone hates Facebook, and everyone is on it.~Bo Burnham


Reality Television Think

When I see someone filming me, I don't usually think, 'No, man, don't put this up online!' I'd think, 'Hey man, you don't get to go to shows very often, put down the camera and enjoy it!' I love going to theatre and to shows so much.~Bo Burnham


Love Man Theatre

At the time of 'Words, Words, Words,' I'm a 19-year-old getting up feeling like he's entitled to do comedy and tell you what he thinks of the world, so that's inherently a little bit ridiculous.~Bo Burnham


Time Words World

'Words, Words, Words' was very much its title. It's just words, words, words and trying to show that I can pack as much material into an hour as I possibly could word count-wise.~Bo Burnham


Words Trying I Can

The strange thing was, when I was starting on YouTube, even the paradigm of YouTube and Internet sensation - or whatever - that didn't really exist. So I didn't even know that that was a thing.~Bo Burnham


Internet Strange Know

I think the comedy clubs tend to homogenize the acts a little bit, because they force them to be palatable in way too many environments.~Bo Burnham


Think Comedy Way

I've always liked TV shows that have slightly unlikable leads, where you root for them in spite of a lot of things. I know it's not common with shows with young people; they have to be so likable. But, I mean, teenagers just generally aren't very likable. I know I wasn't as a teenager.~Bo Burnham


People Young You