Bo Burnham is a comedian and writer of satirical music. His songs contain adult language and themes, and some of them can be very offensive, but it's satireso it's okay! Bo started out by posting a couple of his songs on YouTube so his brother can see them, and they became so popular that he decided he would make more. Now, he's pretty much famous and has done a bunch of different tours. His YouTube channel can be found here with some of his earlier songs on it, but a lot of the newer songs are absent.He currently stars in Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous, an MTV comedy series about a guy who tries to become an internet celebrity.
Somehow manages to 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"
Mean Character, Nice Actor: A bit complicated. Bo's arrogant, unkind stage persona is partially for effect, but every now and then his reactions with audience members blur the line. He gets pretty nasty with his audience (not just hecklers and shouting idiots) on the "Words, Words, Words" DVD, such as singing "You're not a fucking metronome" when the audience starts clapping along to the beat of a song. At the very least, he's quick to shut them down. Reports vary about how nice he actually is in person, but some of it is just the persona.
If you really think about it, the way he treats his audience is actually all part of the joke. If you really watch closely you can tell what's all just satire and sarcasm and his real vision of things becomes clear.
This troper, who's known him personally since high school, will say that the persona started as an act. Now, more a case of Becoming the Mask.
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."
No Ending: Multiple times, most notably "Welcome to Youtube", but 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) and "Words Words Words", which just kinda cut 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."
One of Us: His song "Welcome To Youtube" is a three-minute parade of references to YouTube videos, viral and otherwise.
Self-Deprecation: 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.
Sophisticated as Hell: One of his routines involves quoting Hamlet's "to sleep, perchance, to dream" monologue and then, after a beat, saying "Pff, like, WHAT?"
Stealth Pun: "Because if I'm in the closet, then you are below me / taking the B A T outta "BASEMENT", homie". Unfortunately he 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.