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Bo Burnham Puts On a Real Show

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From YouTube videos to Comedy Central Specials, Bo Burnham has really pulled himself together as the ultimate comedy package. He can sing, improvise, write incredibly witty lyrics, and is a hell of an entertainer. Friday night, Bo sold out the State Theatre, returning to Penn State after his first appearance in the spring of 2009.

Bo’s introduction was incredibly fun. A backtrack played while he tore up the stage with some incredibly lame dance moves. Candy, floss, and cards were thrown to mess with the audience. This additional bit of entertainment is what really took his show to the next level.

I’m not going to lie–Bo Burnham is a damn good comedian. Apart from his usual songs, he performed two new songs (not on his newest album, Words Words Words) which were fused with his usual wit. He also read some hilarious, offensive haikus (which you can hear on his album). And of course, he had excellent audience interaction, including making fun of the light guy all evening.

Some of my favorite parts of his show:

1.  Bo snatched a cell phone out of the hands of an audience member, pocketed it, ran off stage, came through the door and yelled “STOP F***ING TEXTING!” He made his way back to the stage and commented on the guy’s pink cell phone case, saying “Alright, I respect that.”

2.  A girl in the audience yelled, “Please tell me you’re straight.” Bo’s immediate reaction: “That is irrelevant for you.”

3. Completely random: “Hey, can you hold my fanny pack?  I’m gonna go f*** this chick.”

4.  This little ditty.

He closed with one of my favorite songs of his “Oh Bo,” and left the audience wanting more.

If you have yet to see a show of his, I cannot do Bo justice by merely writing and posting links. You must go (but only if you like to laugh).

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Melanie Versaw

Melanie is a senior majoring in both Marketing and Advertising. She enjoys blowing bubbles, beating boys in Mario Kart, and going to concerts. Oh, and she takes photographs, as well.

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