Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’ was well worth the five year wait


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Bo Burnham’s Netflix special began streaming on May 30, 2021. Before that, he had not had a comedy special in five years.

Bo Burnham recently released his Netflix special titled “Inside,” his first comedy special in five years. As a long-time Burnham fan, this was one of the most exciting things to happen to me over the summer.


Within five minutes, I could already tell I was going to love it and it seemed to keep getting better throughout the hour and 28 minute running time. Not only are the songs well-written and funny, the cinematography is beautiful and impressive. Burnham spent a year on this project and it is easy to see why once you realize he did almost everything for this special by himself. “Inside” is not Burnham’s usual stand up special but it still feels so familiar.


To some people, it felt too preachy or too out-there and scattered. What I have found is that most of these reviews come from people who were not fans of Burnham or had any idea who he was. He is not everyone’s cup of tea and that is okay. For me, he is someone I can relate to and someone who makes me feel like I am not alone.


His mental health has always been at the forefront of his career and he was one of the first people I was exposed to who did not try to hide his mental health issues and used it for jokes. He made it easier to live with depression and anxiety as a teenager.


The song that hit me the hardest was “30” and although I am nowhere near my 30s, it was the most relatable song of the special. Watching Burnham sit next to a clock as it nears midnight marking the beginning of a new decade of his life made me emotional as I imagined myself next to that clock getting older, a concept I have struggled to grasp for a long time. I am still sometimes surprised that I have made it this far and gotten to my 20s and watching Burnham perform just in his underwear reminds me of that fact.


As much as I love the songs that make up the special, I have immense appreciation for the shots showing Burnham as he truly is, his tiredness, his messiness, the things people tend to hide and the things that plague my existence. These scenes are so silent yet say so much. The evolution of Burnham’s appearance is such an important piece that should not be overlooked.


The visual of Burnham singing the end song that he recorded in the beginning as filming overlaid with him singing it at the end of filming took my breath away. The year took so much out of him and we watched him through it all but the vast difference was not fully realized until that scene.


Besides loving “Inside” for the serious and important parts, I also think it is hilarious. I have listened to “Welcome to the Internet” so many times that I can guarantee it will make an appearance on my Spotify Year in Review. Both Jeff Bezos songs are masterpieces and I cannot fully describe why or what makes them so good. I get them stuck in my head at least once a day because they are so catchy.


“White Woman’s Instagram” is a funny song on its own but Bo’s performance of it adds so much. “Shit,” “Sexting” and “FaceTime with My Mom” are all relatable songs that never fail to make me laugh. “All Eyes on Me” is beautifully sung with and without the voice filter and always gives me goosebumps.


Bo Burnham is one of comedy’s most unique and genius players and “Inside” is another piece of art added to his career. It is one of the best Netflix specials I have seen and something I cannot help but constantly go back to. It is easy to watch over and over without getting bored and an album of songs I cannot stop listening to.