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what. by Bo Burnham - A Stand-Up Comedy Review
Director: Bo Burnham and Christopher Storer
Written by Bo Burnham
Release Date: 18 December 2013
Running Time: 60 minutes
MPAA Rating: Not rated, but leave the kids at home.
Editorís Rating: 4 out of 4 worlds on fire
You know, Iíve been editing this page for almost a year now. How have I not actually done any stand-up comedy reviews? Itís kind of silly, really. Sure, theyíre not feature-length, but Iíd be willing to say that about half of the people who starred in these movies I reviewed have had these things at some point. Legendary rants, legendary stand-ups. And today, Iím pretty sure Iím bringing you a stand-up show that will be remembered just the same.
Bo Burnham, as described to me by Pandora, called him a mix of Sarah Silverman and Ben Folds. That was enough to get me listening to him regularly. After listening to his stuff and doing a bit more research on the guy, I found out that while that might have been a decent selling point, it was still really underselling him. Thatís when I found what. Itís a special he released for free in 2013 in its entirety. I found it on YouTube, and I just gotta say, I laughed my buttocks off.
Bo has an incredibly smart and developed sense of humor that is generously smattered with filth and butt jokes. Heís quick, incredibly so, and sometimes does not give the audience time to catch up. But when he sings, itís a different story. His speed is still the same, but putting the comedy to meter and notes makes it easier to follow, and still as hilarious.
what. by itself is a great show. But thereís a technical aspect to the show that brings it all together. How many comics have you seen write a two-second song about how stage movement is awkward? Thereís also a manic choreography here thatís ridiculously appealing and fun to watch. Bo isnít just a master of his comedy, heís a master of himself. Heís a great actor, and a lot of this act displays it. At least half of the show is performing to material heís already recorded, something Iíd expect to hate a comedy show and complain because it belongs in an industrial concert or something. But he makes it work, so much so that at the end of his performance, I was ready for the next show right then.
Boís currently on tour right now, but I canít wait until heís back with new material, because heís certainly made a fan out of me.
**what. is available to watch for free on Boís YouTube channel. I highly recommend you check it out. I was not compensated for this review.**
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