My PolicyMic story for this week is about the brilliance of Bo Burnham. It’s a mix of how creative choices kept his career fresh and why you must watch what. immediately.
Thanks to the internet, the road to success in Hollywood has changed dramatically. Before one would need school or training, an agent and a lot of luck. Now anyone with a viral blog, Twitter account or YouTube channel can strike it big in pop culture. No one better represents this phenomenon than musical comedian Bo Burnham, who shot to stardom on YouTube at 16, and today at 23, has managed to build a massive comedy career. His unlikely success and the creatively diverse decisions he made hold many lessons for our generation — and his new one-hour special what. is the young performer’s most shining achievement to date.
Special message from Aziz Ansari at the end of the ‘Buried Alive' special. Now on Netflix.
Poster: Aziz Ansari Buried Alive | THR
The sad thing, with all this taping and stuff, no one’s going to do stand-up. And every big stand-up I talk to says: “How do I work out new material? Where can you go, if I have a half an idea and then it’s on the Internet next week?” Just look at some of my material. You can’t imagine how rough it was and how unfunny and how sexist or racist it might have seemed. “N*ggas vs. Black People” probably took me six months to get that thing right. You know how racist that thing was a week in?
Chris Rock to the Times about the Internet’s effect on club comedy.
Appearing as a last-minute guest during comedian Tig Notaro’s show at the Largo at the Coronet, Ansari began taking questions from the crowd when a woman queried, “Why don’t you have a red dot on your forehead?”
While the audience gasped, a shocked Ansari replied by asking why she didn’t have the word “c— on her forehead.” Then he remarked about how there are still “racist” people in the world.
What was this person doing at a Tig Notaro comedy show that also featured Nick Kroll and Sarah Silverman?