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-->''"[[VerbalBusinessCard This is Bo Burnham. He is 22 years old.]] [[CaptainObvious He's a male.]] [[SelfDeprecation And he looks like the genetic product of a giraffe having sex with Ellen [=DeGeneres=]. He has a gigantic head and tiny nipples.]] [[GoMadFromTheIsolation He's isolated himself, over the last 5 years, in the pursuit of comedy, and in doing so has lost touch with reality.]] [[SelfDeprecation You're an asshole, Bo. You hear me.]] [[InsufferableGenius You think you know better than me. You think you know better than everybody.]] [[KarmicDeath You will die alone, and you will deserve it.]] [[SarcasmMode But in the meantime, you might as well tell those silly jokes of yours.]] '''[[SarcasmMode See if that helps.]]'''"''
-->--'''OpeningNarration for ''what.'''''

Bo Burnham is a comedian and writer of satirical music.

Bo started out by posting a couple of his songs on Website/YouTube so his brother can see them, and they became so popular that he decided he would make more. He signed a four record deal with Comedy Central Records, and the rest is history. He has released four works (three albums and an EP)[[note]]''Bo Fo Sho EP'' (2008), ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Bo Burnham]]'' (2009), ''Words Words Words'' (2010), and ''what.'' (2013)[[/note]]and has done two comedy specials.

He's pretty much famous and has done a bunch of different tours. His Website/YouTube channel can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/user/boburnham?blend=1&ob=4#p/u here]] with some of his earlier songs on it, but a lot of the newer songs are absent.

He briefly starred in ''Series/ZachStoneIsGonnaBeFamous'', an {{MTV}} comedy series about [[WriteWhatYouKnow a guy who tries to become an internet celebrity]]. [[ShortRunner It only lasted one season.]]

[[https://vine.co/u/925835057707499520 Here's his Vine.]]
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!!Tropes associated with Bo Burnham include:
* ADateWithRosiePalms: "Beating Off In A Minor" from ''what.''[[note]]''"A Minor the key, not the felony."''[[/note]]
** Also, from "New Math":
-->"Having sex is like math homework, I do it best when I'm alone in my bed."
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: From 'Art is dead': "When I could have fed a family of four for forty fucking fortnights."
* {{Adorkable}}
* AntiLoveSong: "Repeat Stuff", which actually is more of an anti-love song song, specifically of the insincere pop song variety.
* AppealToWorseProblems: In "Oh Bo," we get this:
-->Pull it out, stick it in your mouth, and I bust in the back of ya
-->Swallow, bitch, there's people starving in Africa
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "It's become a symbol of misogyny, gay panic... fiscal irresponsibility..."
** From 'Rant': "Sadness where there should be joy; hate, and rape, and SouljaBoy."
** From 'Sad': "I saw a little boy drop his ice cream cone directly on his mother's corpse! I saw a kitten stuck in a tree, then the kitten jumped off, and he hung itself. I saw a boy who had [[RedheadsAreUncool red hair.]] "
* AtomicFBomb: At the end of "Andy the Frog".
* AudienceParticipationSong: The chorus of "Repeat Stuff", and the titular line from "Oh Bo".
* BecomingTheMask: There have been rumors that Bo actually lost himself a bit in his arrogant public persona for a period of time.
* BerserkButton: Exaggerated for comedic effect.
** Don't sing along with him during a live show. Just don't.
** Don't interrupt his jokes either.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: From "Andy the Frog";
-->He [Andy] had 3 best friends:
-->Millie, who never left her lily pad,
-->Billie, [[IncrediblyLamePun who was always hopping mad,]]
-->and Roger, who was arrested for possession of tadpole porn.
* BrokenAesop: Love is all about whistles.
* BrokenRecord:
** "Prolonged eye contact (prolonged eye contact)..."
** "Repeat stuff, repeat stuff, repeat stuff..."
** "We think we know you. We think we know you."
* CarefulWithThatAxe: "A World On Fire" from ''what.''
* CluelessChickMagnet: He is a sex symbol in real life, though much of his act consists of self deprecation of the "lanky awkward teenage boy who doesn't get girls" stereotype.
* ClusterFBomb: His song "Eff" contains ''72 uses of the word "fuck"'', considering it gets dropped about every three words. And that's not even including the background part, which elevates it to a [[MacrossMissileMassacre Macross]] [[ClusterFBomb F-Bomb]] [[MacrossMissileMassacre Massacre]].
* ComedicSociopathy: UpToEleven in "Sad", and even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]:
-->"The world isn't sad. The world's funny, I get it now! I'm a sociopath!"
* CountryMatters: All in the name of punning.
-->"Go to a vagina orchard / Count one, two, three / Spin that plant around / You got a third whirled cunt-tree"
** Also used more blatantly in haiku form:
-->"Bono, if you want to help poor people, sell your tinted shades, you cunt!"
* CoverVersion: At the height of the song's infamy, Bo couldn't resist covering "Music/{{Friday}}" during some live shows.
* CreepyBlueEyes: Bo sports these occasionally in the "Repeat Stuff" video to accentuate his Satanic persona.
* DeadpanSnarker: No kidding.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "You suck! You fuckin' suck! You suck so much! You suck! Fuck!"
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: The lyrics of "My Whole Family Thinks I'm Gay" don't do much to convince anyone otherwise, which he lampshades towards the end.
--> "You all probably think I'm gay / Man, this song is counter-productive..."
* DirtyOldMan: Oh, Roger. ''"BIT OLD FOR MY TASTE!"''
* DrivenToSuicide: His poem "Hanged", from the perspective of someone who, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well..]]
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: His middle name is '''Pickering'''.
* EpicRocking: The ''what.'' intro, "We Think We Know You", "Left Brain, Right Brain", "Oh Bo", and "Repeat Stuff" (the live version).
* {{Fetish}}: Subverted.
-->"My ex-girlfriend had had a really weird fetish. She used to like to dress up as herself and act like a fuckin' bitch all the time."
* FlatWhat: The title of his fourth album is "what."
* FlungClothing: In the ''what.'' intro, Bo does this with his pair of red pants...[[ParodiedTrope only to be wearing another identical pair underneath]].
* GodwinsLaw: He manages to make it funny, calling upon the audience to yell "ho" when he yells "hey." When they do...
-->'''Bo''': That's how Hitler came to power. ''[DeathGlare]''
** He also performs a Sieg Heil as the audience sings "Repeat Stuff". He also does another one in the video.
*** Speaking of "Repeat Stuff", the studio version of the song features recordings of Hitler.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Part of his persona.
--> "And if I were gay / Though I swear I'm straight / I'd make the fellas say "Oh, Bo!"
* HellIsThatNoise: Bo's MindRape in "Left Brain, Right Brain" is accompanied by a slew of disorienting, creepy sound effects.
* HollywoodChameleons: "I put a chameleon on a red dildo. It blushed."
* HurricaneOfPuns
* HypocriticalHumor: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in "Words, Words, Words", the catchy chorus of which starts: "I hate catchy choruses and I'm a hypocrite."
* IAmXSonOfY: "I am Jesus of Nazareth, son of Orflek the Butcher!"
* IgnoreTheFanservice: As [[http://stocklandmartelblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/matthias-clamer_bo-burnham.jpg this picture]] shows, Bo seems to be very uncomfortable when flanked by a pair of scantily-clad women.
* JumpCut: Happens in ''what.'', where he starts to make a joke about video editors [[PaintingTheMedium before he's mysteriously cut off by one.]]
* JustifiedTrope: Bo doesn't really specialize in comedy as he does more in satire, which allows him to specialize in making fun of things, and that's why his songs can get very offensive. [[RuleOfFunny Plus it's funny.]]
* LargeHam: At times.
* LastSecondWordSwap: Does this from time to time, often combined with SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion.
** Somehow manages to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] and play straight SIMULTANEOUSLY in "What's Funny":
-->"If you're a musical comic, just give 'em a little weird voice inflection
-->Then take a viagra, and slap 'em with a rock-hard misdirection"
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: His characters are often arrogant and obnoxious, whilst as a person he is generally well spoken, intelligent and kind hearted (despite occasional instances of losing his temper at fans).
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: In his PSA.
-->"Smoking can kill you, just like cancer. So don't... smoke... tumors...."
* MindRape: When Bo's left and right brains are isolated in "Left Brain, Right Brain".
* [[MisogynySong Misogyny Poem]]: Parodied with "[[RefugeInAudacity I Fuck Sluts]]".
** "See? He was lashing out with sexist language because he had his heart broken. We all learned something."
* MistakenForGay: The subject of one of his songs, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8nuqwDVHlw My Whole Family Thinks I'm Gay]]
** May be closer to TransparentCloset, considering the line "Even my boyfriend thinks I'm gay."
*** Or he (at least in the song) is [[TakeAThirdOption bi]][[BiTheWay sexual]].
* MoodWhiplash:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo9pU1q8sy8 Art is Dead]], a reflective song that focuses on his own faults and hypocrisy that borders on CreatorBreakdown, is pretty jarring in general, let alone when heard in between his other songs.
** More specifically: on the "Words Words Words" CD, the "Art is Dead" track is directly followed by Bo lampshading this and immediately making a hysterical crude joke:
-->"We got serious there. I think fisting should be called 'uppercunting'. And we're back."
** His first-ever Vine starts with him making funny noises, and then all of a sudden...
-->"I'm gonna die alone."
** In one of his ''what.'' skits, he reads some poems, one of which saying that he wishes for someone to suffer in horrible ways such as being [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill strapped a bed of nails on the hood of Bo's car and having said car run over speed bumps in a parking lot during an earthquake.]] Then Bo says that the poem is called [[spoiler:"Dad"]].
*** Really, all of ''what.'' Many many songs and bits in the special start out hysterical and end on a serious note. Examples being; "From God's Perspective", "Left Brain, Right Brain", "Sad", "Repeat Stuff", and "I Fuck Sluts".
** Used quite hilariously in the "Repeat Stuff" video. One second, Bo and his friends are hanging out and having fun. The next second, it suddenly turns to night and everyone is standing solemnly, taking part in some Satanic ritual.
* MotorMouth: Bo's insane technical skills do enable him to do this, although it's only occasionally.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Bo once made a tweet making fun of people named Hunter. A lot of people got offended, causing Bo to express sincere regret and even personally apologize to as many Hunters as he could.
* NoEnding: Multiple times, most notably "Welcome to Youtube".
** To a lesser extent "Men and Women", "The Perfect Woman", and "Ironic".
** Also happens in the live versions of "Oh Bo" (partly justified because the bit about the oboe is hard to replicate live).
** "Words Words Words", which just kinda cuts off where the studio versions have little codas and fade out.
** On the DVD of "Words, Words, Words", he performs "I'm Bo Yo" as an encore, and abruptly stops in the middle of the last chorus after changing one of the lyrics to "This song's gonna end really awkwardly."
* OneLiner: Many of his gags are simple one-liners, or collections of one-liners set up by a FramingDevice.
* OverlyLongGag: '''''"PROLONGED EYE CONTACT."'''''
* PornStash: Roger the frog had a collection of tadpole porn that got him arrested.
* PungeonMaster
* RaisedCatholic: He went to a Catholic school as a child, and some of his works play off of that in a satirical way.
* RedOniBlueOni: A bit in ''what.'' involves an argument between the right and left halves of Bo's brain, who follow this dynamic. [[TropesAreNotBad The colored lighting even follows the color scheme!]]
* RefugeInAudacity
* RunningGag: You get the feeling Bo was picked on in high school?
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: From the intro to ''what.'':
-->"Play an invisible trumpet. (Trumpet sounds!)"
** It comes back later.
-->"Bo wants to make you feel comfortable. (Random voice!)"
* SelfDeprecation:
** Often, most notably in recent performances of "I'm Bo Yo"; in the final line of the chorus he says he "can really find your G-spot", which is followed by a brief self-indicting remark.
-->"Oh, but I'm inadequate / Have I gotten that point across yet?"
** "Art is Dead" is chock full of this, and it makes the song really jarring.
** The OpeningNarration of ''what.'' (see page quote) is basically Bo calling himself out on how much of a jerk he's become.
* SensoryAbuse: Bo's MindRape in "Left Brain, Right Brain" provides both optical and aural examples. The aural one is the [[HellIsThatNoise disorienting sounds]] heard during the event, and the optical one is when the event is enacted live with the sounds playing over repeatedly flickering lights.
* SerialEscalation: "We Think We Know You" spends its 6.5-minute runtime constantly trying to one-up itself. It starts with Bo having a conversation with three in-audio-only characters about his popularity (a bratty high school girl, an agent, and a jock), and then their different sound clips are spliced together to make something of a song, accompanied by Bo pointing at different sides of the stage to activate the voices. Then we hear a sentence from each of them, and Bo splices that into the name of the song. As the TitleDrop repeats, Bo starts adding instruments and, while using the voices as a backing beat, turns the whole thing into an electronic extraganza while playing invisible instruments onstage.
* SingleTargetSexuality: He has been in the same committed relationship for the duration of his career.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: In ''what.'' Bo tells a children's story about frogs, one of which experiences [[StalkerWithACrush love at first sight]] and pursues the female frog, only to be eaten alive by an alligator along the way.
* ShoutOut: There are several examples of this in his work.
** One that comes to mind is during "Left Brain, Right Brain" when Right Brain tells Left Brain that he loves him, [[Franchise/StarWars Left Brain replies with "I know."]]
** Another, more subtle one at the beginning of the same song: the computer/doctor refers to Bo as "Patient [[Musical/LesMiserables 24602]]."
** "Words Words Words" slips many a reference into the lyrics, including the fact that the song's title comes from a ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' quote (which is talked about in one of the lines).
*** "Hating other rappers like I'm [[WesternAnimation/HeyArnold Helga Pataki]]"
*** "We ballin', asian, [[VideoGame/WiiSports wii bowlin']]"
*** "[[Literature/ToKillAMockingbird Atticus Finch, killing, mocking]]"
*** "[[Theatre/OedipusRex Oedipus was the first motherfucker!]]"
*** The "hungry hungry hippocrite" chorus
*** "[[WesternAnimation/RoliePolieOlie Roll in your pole into Rolie Polie Olie's colon]]"
*** "Cuz we're, [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess xenophobic warrior princess]]"
* SophisticatedAsHell: One of his routines involves quoting Hamlet's "To be, or not to be" soliloquy and then, after a beat, saying "Pff, like, WHAT?"
** From "Ex-Girlfriend/Racial Humor" on ''Words Words Words'':
-->[[YourMom "Your mother's breasts sag with such severity that the late, great artist Salvador Dali mistook them for clocks."]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: In a skit in the intro of ''what.'', while happy music is playing Bo meets a [[ItMakesSenseInContext a five-horned unicorn/pentacorn]], and then abruptly shoots it, reloads, and shoots it some more--all while the same happy music is still playing.
* StealthPun: "Because if I'm in the closet, then you are below me / taking the B A T outta "BASEMENT", homie". Unfortunately he [[DontExplainTheJoke ruins the stealth aspect]] in the live version of the song available on his self-titled album.
** His songs are chock full of them, in fact. "I'm Bo, Yo" is a good example.
** This is essentially his ''modus operandi''. Basically, if you laugh at tons of stuff the first time you hear the song and don't bother listening again, you're doing it wrong.
* StylisticSuck: The "Words Words Words" video. There's no better way to describe it.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Several times.
-->"Maybe it's 'cause of the way that I walk/That makes them think that I like...boys."
* TakeThat: To everyone including [[TakeThatMe him]][[SelfDeprecation self]].
* UnwantedHarem: Is swarmed with celebrity attention from his fanbase, yet has had the same girlfriend for his entire career.
* VisualPun: A RunningGag for his Vines; almost all of them have one.
-->"This fire extinguisher's so heavy. Do you have one that's ''a little lighter?''"
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Used in the "Repeat Stuff" video.
-->'''I am a servant of darkness.'''
-->'''I am the void.'''
-->'''The rivers shall run red with the blood of virgins.'''
-->'''I take many shapes. This is one of them.'''
-->'''The strong will be made weak, and the weak shall bow before me.'''
-->'''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny SWAG.]]'''
** And the best one:
-->'''[[ItMakesSenseInContext Finger you!]]'''
* WhamLine:
** The moment in "We Think We Know You" when the different vocal clips of the three "characters" are spliced together to form a TitleDrop.
** In one of his ''what.'' skits, he reads some poems, one of which saying that he wishes for someone to suffer in extremely ludicrous ways. Then Bo says that the poem is called [[spoiler:"Dad"]].
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: One of his songs is named after this trope. [[spoiler:It consists of the one line "I cried myself to sleep!"]]
* WinkDing: Not necessarily a ding, but a low piano note at the end of the "Repeat Stuff" video.
* WorldOfPun: "Words, Words, Words". And what a world.
* XMeetsY: In the intro to ''what.'', he describes himself as the genetic product of [[SelfDeprecation a giraffe having sex with Ellen DeGeneres]].
** Meanwhile, Pandora claims "if Sarah Silverman and Ben Folds had a teenage son, they’d [sic] probably sound a lot like...Bo Burnham."
* YourMom: See SophisticatedAsHell.
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