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“The thing is, I was on YouTube like the golden era, I think. Before ads came in, it was really cool back then.”

 

Bo Burnham

“It’s not most important to communicate myself on stage as it is to be as funny or interesting as I possibly can on stage. I feel more like I’m doing a play whose main character just happens to share my name.”

 

Bo Burnham

“The strange thing with Wikipedia is that the first article that ever gets written about you will define your Wikipedia page forever.”

 

Bo Burnham

“What’s that? My six song album entitled Bo Fo Sho is currently available on iTunes? With three songs that have never been heard on the internet? Uh, and if I try to pirate it for free I’ll get AIDS? I would have guessed scurvy. Well, see you later ghost of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.”

 

Bo Burnham

“When things [writing] are over, I always think, ‘well, I’m never going to do anything again because I have no ideas so I’m going to go be a farmer’. Or else ideas will come and and if not then I become a farmer. Hopefully won’t happen.”

 

Bo Burnham

“That’s what YouTube’s become, it’s become like a lot of vloggers capitalizing on this sort of like “My fans, I love my fans, hey guys.” I’ve grown up and kind of been disgusted by that. I think it’s using people, I think it’s like encouraging something that’s unhealthy, telling people you love them. “I love you.” Oh really, you love your fans? You love the people that give you money and attention? Of course you do, that’s not selfless that you love your fans, that’s ridiculous.”

 

Bo Burnham

“I’m very interested in trying to make comedy shows that are a bit bigger, more theatrical, more of a “show.” Some people might say I’m trying too hard, but that’s a compliment to me. I like to inject a bit of production value and flair to comedy, or at least to my little corner of comedy.”

 

Bo Burnham

“People are gonna think that MTV censored me, and they really didn’t. I really wanted to try to make a show that didn’t rely on offensive, edgy material because I think it was an exercise in trying to write without that. Because I see that as a crutch sometimes and I want to know that I can do something funny and worthwhile without that. And also make a show that my parents would like and that kids could watch with their parents.”

 

Bo Burnham

“The strength of comedy is I don’t have to answer to anybody but sometimes you want to learn from other people and see your ideas strengthen by other people.”

 

Bo Burnham

“In comedy, falling means laughter. You can take something sacred and make it silly. The more sacred it is, the funnier it is. It has a bigger drop to fall.”

 

Bo Burnham

“My first concern is that when you go to a show, you should be present. It’s much more exciting to put the camera down and lose yourself in it.”

 

Bo Burnham

“I’ve been doin’ drive-bys all of my life. Except the bullets are newspapers, the car is my bike.”

 

Bo Burnham

“People give me money and I don’t know why, my real collection plate is an empty cup held by a homeless guy.”

 

Bo Burnham

“Postmodern comedy doesn’t work well with very old audiences, because it’s making fun of the comedy they enjoy.”

 

Bo Burnham

“I’ve found, across the board, that comedians have been very respectful and kind to me. And that seems to stem from the fact that they are just respectful and kind people in general. Comedians get a bad rap for being dark and anti-social I think.”

 

Bo Burnham

“The biggest danger, for me, with making yourself your act is that a lot of people with think they know you for better or worse. That’s an ongoing struggle with me and it can get really trippy sometimes. I try to be strong about it and assure myself that only my close friends and family can really pass judgement on me personally, but it’s impossible to not let it get to you.”

 

Bo Burnham

“I’m not a grown up until everybody realises I’m a grown up. When everyone remembers me as the dirty kid singing little songs I am the dirty little kid.”

 

Bo Burnham

“My work is trying to at least define myself on my own terms, and then if other people enjoy things that’s a lovely addition.”

 

Bo Burnham

“If comedy is about surprises, about tension, there’s a lot of tension and surprise there, in the fact that people are expecting this to be natural.”

 

Bo Burnham

“My whole family thinks I’m gay, I guess it’s always been that way. Maybe it’s ’cause of the way that I walk, Makes them think I like… boys.”

 

Bo Burnham