May 222016
 

They say it takes 15-20 years of touring to make a good stand-up comic.  In this case “they” is a whole bunch of venerable comedians, including Louis CK and Doug Stanhope.  It’s a weird art form (for lack of a better term) that is demanding in unique ways, and there’s apparently no shortcut – it simply takes that much experience to be as good on stage as those guys are.

Bo Burnham’s currently 25, and a lot of his stuff on YouTube (including the clip below)  is from a few years ago.   What he does isn’t exactly stand-up, but he’s got that glow you see in a few really smart and talented kids (Donald Glover also comes to mind), and I’ve enjoyed the hell out of what I’ve seen so far.  I can’t wait to see what his act looks like in a decade…

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