Robert Pickering “Bo” Burnham (born August 21, 1990) is an American comedian, musician, writer, actor, film director, and poet. He began his career on YouTube in March 2006, with his videos gaining over 400 million views as of July 2021. In 2013, Burnham co-created and starred in the MTV television series Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous and released a book of poetry called Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone. His first feature film as a writer and director, Eighth Grade, was released in 2018 to widespread critical acclaim; among other accolades, it received the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film. In 2020, Burnham starred as Ryan Cooper in the film Promising Young Woman. Here are all of Bo Burnham’s albums ranked.
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4. Make Happy (2016)
“Make Happy by Bo Burnham is the best comedy special I’ve ever watched (I haven’t watched too many to be fair though), and it’s for a few overarching reasons. I love the sharp difference between Bo’s shows and other comedians’. The recurring themes running throughout the special give the special a more coherent feel. His music is both witty/funny and really great musically. His commentary on being famous, performing, depression, and the human experience is something I’ve never heard before and is really spectacular.”
3. What. (2013)
“Bo Burnham is one of my favorite comedians. YouTuber Todd In The Shadows once said that if someone manages to find success as a musical comedian, they are probably one of the most talented people you will ever meet. His humor is incredibly clever, and his ability to write songs that are as catchy as they are hilarious speaks to his abilities as a writer. Although lost on the album version of the show, his use of lighting to compliment his stage presence can make what would otherwise be a small moment feel powerful and impactful. It truly is an emotional rollercoaster of a performance that has you leaving with only one thought in your head: “what?””
2. Words Words Words (2010)
“The songs on here all have their own themes, such as Oh Bo being about Rappers selling out, or What’s Funny is about a guy who’s life is terrible and is masking his problems with comedy, while they are slowly catching up to him, or Ironic being made entirely up of ironic jokes such as “I adopted a child from overseas to rescue him from child labor factories and on his very first birthday we went to Build-A-Bear Workshop”
1. Inside (2021)
“Even standalone, outside of the context of his incredible special, Bo has beautifully translated the feelings we have all felt this past year or so into these songs. The emotions he conveys in Songs like “Funny Feeling” and “Comedy” (and many others) are so incredibly reflective of the feelings that have come with being trapped inside with only our phones and the internet that they all feel deeply personal and relatable.”