Bo Burnham: Inside Review
Here’s my Bo Burnham: Inside review which is a 2021 American comedy special directed, written, filmed, edited, and starring Bo Burnham. Filmed in his home during the COVID-19 pandemic, it was released on Netflix on May 30, 2021, to critical acclaim on Netflix!
Somebody needs to lock Burnham inside his house more and just make him watch Youtube videos all day because I was surprised at how entertainment and very thought-provoking this comedy special was.
This special isn’t the usual stand up comedy specials on Netflix we’re used to seeing. This one has the novel idea of just having him do a one-man show over a span of several months. The results are astounding to say the least.
In this comedy special, Burnham tackles a lot of topics. As with comedy, some of them are deep and dark while others are light-hearted. But the different thing with Burnham’s work is that he tries to make everything light. For me, the best reflection of this was that segment where we see him singing about how the world works and then calling on a sock puppet to help him out; then the puppet just goes berserk on socially relevant topic.
Production-wise, it’s pretty good. I’m having serious doubts that he did this by himself but it really looks like it was all him. So that’s a big wow. There’s actually one bit where the tripod drops so that’s that.
I’m surprised that there were even some skits that I actually could relate too, like his skit about turning 30 and being miserable. It hit me hard really. And he does this in his underwear and some DIY lighting effects. To me it was both mundane and profound; something that he really hammered throughout the special.
Popculture and current content
One aspect that I really loved in “Inside” was Burnham’s constant poking fun at the kind of entertainment content we have and are consuming. He did a really good skit about livestreamers playing an “indie game” called Inside and nails down all the verbage used by popular streamers. There’s also another one, that’s my favorite, where he does his own brand of reaction videos. You gotta see that.
Equally impressive are the songs that get featured in this special. Burnham’s got a tremendous voice and he puts that to good use in all of the stuff he does here. Whether its singing about doing a “facetime with his mom” to “sexting”, everything clicks here. Even the awkwardly written songs and lyrics meld wonderfully here. No surprise the tracks will be available soon on Spotify!
Bo Burnham: Inside Review – Verdict
If you want a comedy special that will make you laugh, have a laugh with, feel very uncomfortable and relate with on so much levels then “Inside” is definitely worth the time and energy. It starts slow and kind of boring especially if you’re not familiar with Burnham’s works but by the 15 minute mark, you’re totally engrossed and going through this rollercoaster of emotions.