I stumbled across an album called what by Bo Burnham. It was creative and insightful and funny.

It really has a mixture of music like They Might be Giants, philosophy, and social commentary. What makes it interesting is that he really surprises you with both the silliness and seriousness of his presentation. If you like Eddie Izzard he is reminiscent of that as well. The music based comic delivery is fun and makes you want that from other comics.

Is is touching that not only does he make you laugh, but he makes you grateful for your own life. It does make you wonder if later in life he is going to have mental issues. My favorite comedians talk about the real world and how to relate to it like Richard Pryor and George Carlin. It is possible in time, he will have the same impact they did.

For example, he does a surprising original poetry reading. It actually was quite well done in his rhythm and surprising word choice. He is not perfect, but would be lots of fun to attend a show.

Now I can see that some people might feel this humor leans too much on gimmicks and sound effects. However this is a continuation of any good sense of humor. The idea that jokes can only delivered in words is really limited thinking. Many comics used non verbal communication to be funny. It seems the next step for a multimedia show in comedy. It really is amazing his production values.

What makes it interesting is that he appeals to many different ages. He references things that people of all types can relate to. He acts as though he plays out the hidden fears and assumptions we have as a society. It is instructive that he maintains a positive approach like Mika. He even references Carlin and Steve Martin and other classic comedians. Clearly he had lots of influences.

Nicely done Bo. I look forward to your other work.

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