Oh Bo: A return to comedy five years later

Elisa D'Egidio, Staff Writer

On April 26, Bo Burnham posted to Instagram for the first time since June 2020, showing a dark room being illuminated by the light coming from a door cracked open from his comedy special “Make Happy.”

Actor Robbie Amell commented, “Please let this be a new special.”

Two days later, on April 28, Burnham posted a teaser to his new, highly-anticipated, comedy special. The Netflix special “Inside” would be Burnham’s return after his five-year comedy hiatus, his special “what” was released in 2013 and “Make Happy” was released in 2016.

Burnham tweeted, “hi. i made a new special. it was filmed by me, alone, without a crew or an audience, over the course of the past year. it is almost finished. i hope you like it.” In his trailer, a clip from his last special is shown of him performing his song “Are You Happy?” on the piano and then seen present-day sporting a full beard in a dark room.

Although a release date has not been announced for “Inside,” the announcement has gained a lot of attention as his tweet has accumulated over 46 thousand retweets and 223 thousand likes.

In reply to his tweet announcing the comedy special, many of his fans expressed excitement.

@MTV tweeted, “need.”

User @supershayne tweeted, “holy sh-“

User @camiinelrapids said, “bo burnham just singlehandedly saved 2021.”

Although he began his career in 2006 as a YouTube sensation, Burnham took a break from comedy in 2016. He has spent recent years with more adult-like content. In 2018 he wrote and directed the film “Eight Grade.” More recently, he starred in the Academy Award-winning film, “Promising Young Woman.”

In 2022, he will play the role of Larry Bird in an upcoming series about the Los Angeles Lakers. He also has made appearances in “Parks and Recreation” and “We Bare Bears.” He is responsible for directing Chris Rock’s comedy special, “Chris Rock: Tamborine.”