Comedy has always been an escape from our every day lives, to listen to someone who knows what it is like to exist in the world and knows how to make light of the very worst things. And then there’s Bo Burnham.
As he eloquently addresses in his newest special “Make Happy” available now on Netflix, he has grown up as a performer, grabbing his first Comedy Central Special at sixteen, and therefore cannot address what comedians before him would address like “traffic or laundry.” So he addresses performing. Music and its inequalities. Most importantly, how we are all performers.
Throughout the entire special, one piece sticks out in my mind the most. Burnham addresses breaking up and the drama and performance behind it, that we create these matches and behave like children to cover up the truth as to what is going on for us. Performing and acting out is easier than admitting the truth.
Bo Burnham is only 25, yet he has an amazing grip on what it means to exist in the world. His final song in the special ties everything up in to a nice bow, leaving you with a gift of your own thoughts and reflections on what it means to be a person.
I wish I could tell you more about everything he says, but what you really need to do is watch Make Happy. There are very few comedians that I suggest to people, but Burnham has always been one of them, and with this latest installment in his work, I assure you that you will not be disappointed and he will in fact do what he is scared he might not, make happy.