5 Thought Provoking Bo Burnham Quotes About Society And Life In The 21st Century

Robert Pickering Burnham, better known by his nickname Bo Burnham, was born on August 21, 1990 in Hamilton Massachusetts. Burnham is arguably best known as a comedian however is also a singer, rapper, songwriter, actor, poet and musician, which are all elements that he incorporates into his comedy sets as well.

Burnham’s career began when he joined YouTube in 2006 and uploaded two videos of himself singing to share with his family. These videos went viral immediately and caused Burnham to upload more videos of himself creating what he called “pubescent musical comedy.” These videos included Burnham playing the guitar or the digital piano while also singing or rapping (or both) about controversial topics such as religion, race and sexuality. As of December 2016, his videos have received over 184 million views. In 2008, Burnham signed a “four-record deal” with Comedy Central Records where he would release his first complete album in 2009. In 2010, Burnham was nominated for the “Best Comedy Show” by the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Burnham proved that you can be limitless, versatile and unorthodox in your career, even if they seem to be as far apart as comedy and rapping.

While Burnham’s audience hears his humor the majority of the time, he has proved that it is possible to reach all your goals, even if they are as unrelated as rapping and comedy. Here are five quotes by Bo Burnham that spark truth about, and advice for, life.

Top 5 Inspiring Bo Burnham Quotes:


“What’s important is that you stay true to yourself. Because when you enter the real world, the most valuable thing you can bring is all your you-ness. The world doesn’t need any more hot chicks or tough guys or smooth talkers – the world needs more you. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.” – Bo Burnham


“If you can think of all the times in your life, some of the happiest times were probably when you were laughing. And some of the worst times in your life you were being laughed at.” – Bo Burnham


“I remember being super young, like nine or ten years old, and thinking, ‘Man, I wonder what famous people eat for breakfast. They must have some special kind of cereal!’ My mind was so warped by the idea of fame.” – Bo Burnham


“Poverty. Racism. Isn’t it strange, only the homeless are begging for change?” – Bo Burnham


“I see young people being dismissed for supposedly wanting only “stupid” and “easy” material, or that they don’t have an attention span longer than three minutes. I disagree with all those statements; I just think they aren’t true. I’m saying that our generation wants stuff that is substantial and challenging, as well as thoughtful and endearing. Well, I don’t know if I’m doing that, but I’m trying.” – Bo Burnham

Author: Sarah Pouramn


Sarah Pouramn lives in Toronto and resides in Waterloo when she is attending university. She works with Habitat for Humanity as a builder and as an Executive Events Coordinator and believes that everyone deserves a fair shot at their goals. Sarah also works with The Community Edition, a Waterloo Region newspaper, as the Social Media Editor. Follow Sarah on Twitter @itsmesarahpea and on Instagram @sarahpouramn.


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