On April 28, 2021, the silence from Bo Burnham was broken. Five years since he had posted a comedy special and a tweet arrived on hundreds of thousands of phones worldwide, “hi. I made a new special. It was filmed by me, alone, without a crew or an audience, over the course of the past year. It is almost finished. I hope you like it”, it read.
hi. i made a new special. it was filmed by me, alone, without a crew or an audience, over the course of the past year. it is almost finished. i hope you like it. pic.twitter.com/5a59IUrzVj
— Bo Burnham (@boburnham) April 28, 2021
Fans went wild, no one thought Burnham would return to comedy and just over a year later brings us to May 31st. ‘Stand by…’ Burnham tweets; intriguing fans, Another special people questioned? Thankfully the wait wasn’t to long before Burnham announced “a year ago today, i released a special called inside. i’ve spent the last two months editing together material that i shot for the special but didn’t end up using. it will be on my youtube channel in one hour. i hope you enjoy it.”
a year ago today, i released a special called inside. i've spent the last two months editing together material that i shot for the special but didn’t end up using. it will be on my youtube channel in one hour. i hope you enjoy it.
— Bo Burnham (@boburnham) May 31, 2022
Burnham is an American Musician, Comedian, Actor, Director and Filmmaker starting his career on YouTube. From making comedy songs alone in his bedroom for his brother to self-producing a full Netflix special, Burnham has attracted a dedicated fan base with his YouTube channel reaching nearly 600 million views. Inside was created over the pandemic and details the metal health struggles Burnham was facing at the time. It is an honest, raw look into the complexity of mental illness and how it effects the person. Many people found the special ‘scarily relatable’ causing thousands to take a step back and unpack and delve their own mental health to make changes for the better.
The Inside Outtakes is over an hour-long collection of songs and clips that didn’t quite make the cut of the Special. Though these are Outtakes, the comments on YouTube and Twitter have been flooded with positive comments stressing ‘Bo is an actual genius’, ‘Even the Outtakes are a cinematic masterpiece’ and ‘Inside was one of the best things to come out of the pandemic’. Everyone is delighted that Burnham has returned back to his roots in comedy, posting the content for free on YouTube and intrigued to see what is to come next.
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