Bo Burnham

Bo Burnham

Highest Rated: 99% Eighth Grade (2018)

Lowest Rated: 44% Rough Night (2017)

Birthday: Aug 21, 1990

Birthplace: Hamilton, Massachusetts, USA

Comedian Bo Burnham's uproarious - and sometimes uncomfortable - comedy songs made him a YouTube sensation while still in his teens, but unlike many of his social media peers, he parlayed the success into a critically acclaimed stand-up comedy career and a well-regarded debut as writer-director on the independent comedy-drama "Eighth Grade" (2018). Born Robert Pickering Burnham on August 21, 1990 in Hamilton, Massachusetts, he was the youngest of three children by construction company owner Scott Burnham and his wife, Patricia, who worked as a nurse. While a student at St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers, Masssachusetts, the teenaged Burnham began writing and performing satirical songs, including "My Whole Family (Thinks I'm Gay)" and "Klan Kookout." Though the topics were decidedly - and deliberately - outrageous and politically incorrect, Burnham's faux-wholesome delivery and button-down appearance, as well as the choice of his own bedroom and family as backdrop, did much to defang the potentially offensive nature of the material. He began posting the songs to YouTube and other social media sites in 2006, where they garnered millions of hits. Their popularity led to a contract with Comedy Central, which yielded his television debut at 18 on a segment of the 2008 special "The World Stands Up" and his self-titled debut comedy album in 2009. Writer-director Judd Apatow soon tapped him to collaborate on a parody of the popular "High School Musical" franchise (Disney Channel, 2004-07), and while the project did not come to fruition, Burhnam made his feature film debut with a cameo in Apatow's "Funny People" (2009). After recording his first one-hour comedy special, "Bo Burnham: Words, Words, Words" (Comedy Central, 2010), Burnham began work on developing a comedy series, "Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous" (MTV, 2013); the comedy, about a naïve teenager who sets out to become a celebrity despite his lack of discernable talent, debuted on MTV in 2013 but lasted only a season. Undaunted, Burnham returned to a steady schedule of touring and recording comedy albums and specials, including 2013's what. and 2016's "Bo Burnham: Make Happy" (Netflix), while also expanded his acting resume with supporting roles in the critically acclaimed "The Big Sick" (2017) and "Rough Night" (2017). The following year, he scored a personal and professional triumph by writing and directing "Eighth Grade" (2018). The comedy-drama, inspired by his own teenage years, followed a socially anxious teen (played by Elsie Fisher) as she navigated the emotional upheaval prior to high school through a series of comic advice vlogs. The film earned Burnham an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding First-Time Feature and Writers Guild Award for Best Original Screenplay. The success of the film led to a diverse array of assignments, from writing songs for a "Sesame Street" (PBS/HBO, 1969- ) movie musical to acting in "Promising Young Woman" (2019) an ensemble drama starring Carey Mulligan for director Emerald Fennell ("Killing Eve," BBC America, 2016- ).

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Movies

Credit
91% 87% Promising Young Woman Ryan (Character) $4M 2020
99% 82% Eighth Grade Director,
Screenwriter
$13.5M 2018
100% 37% Chris Rock: Tamborine Director - 2018
98% 88% The Big Sick CJ (Character) $42.9M 2017
100% 100% Jerrod Carmichael: 8 Director - 2017
44% 29% Rough Night Tobey (Character) $22.1M 2017
100% 88% Make Happy Unknown (Character),
Director
- 2016
No Score Yet 54% Adventures in the Sin Bin Tony (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 15% American Virgin Rudy (Character) - 2009

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2019
No Score Yet 33% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2018
No Score Yet 35% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2018
85% 88% Comrade Detective Sergiu (Guest Voice) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning: Saturday Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2016 2012-2013 2010
No Score Yet 87% We Bare Bears Andy Bangs (Guest Voice) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby Talk Guest 2015
93% 89% Parks and Recreation Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Pete Holmes Show Guest 2014
80% 100% Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous Zach Stone (Character),
Executive Producer,
Writer
2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents Unknown (Character) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Talkshow With Spike Feresten Guest 2008-2009

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