Thoughts: Bo Burnham

By the time that you'd found your way to Muse, you would probably have read enough to know that I love arts. "Comedian" might be the world of the month for me, for January. Aside from Maurizio Cattelan, the universe bought me stand-ups recently, and though I might have watched a couple on Netflix before, I never thought I'll do a spree, from Sloss to Jeong to John and so forth. I eventually landed on Bo Burnham, where Make Happy seems to appeal to me from self-deprecating humor. And boy, it did. I saw original music, but I didn't know stand-up could be such a musical spectacle, and I enjoyed all of it.

" And I was just taught, you know, express myself and have things to say and everyone will care about them. And I think everyone was taught that and most of us found out no one gives a shit what we think. So we flock to performers by the thousands ’cause we’re the few that have found an audience. And then I’m supposed to get up here and say, “Follow your dreams,” as if this is a meritocracy? It is not, okay? I had a privileged life and I got lucky and I’m unhappy."

As much as I fell in love, there are several elements of depression that I might have felt, which lead me to later do a short Google research. I continued my short binge on "what" later one, and also went to check out several of his songs.

"Come and watch the skinny kid with a steadily declining mental health and laugh as he attempts to give you what he cannot give himself”

It was morbidly relatable, as I am having esteem issues. It came a long way, I'd come a long way to being happy, and I worked hard for it. But as much as I'd wish to earn it, my decaying self worth won't let me. Funny it is after I got off pills, I want to return to the society, I want to make the world a better place, I want to create more mental health awareness. And I became a listener, a company, everything that I wish I'd got, but I didn't.

"She stood in line and got cut. Tried out, got cut.
Loved art, but the budget got cut.
Then she got numb, and she only felt when she knelt and cut."

And boy did that hit me. Netflix probably opened me up to the world of comedy and I guess it also became my list of interest overtime, alongside with art performances, theatres and musical.

P.S. Little did I know he also directed one of my favorite coming of age film, "Eight Grades", in 2018. So, Thank you for leading me back to Bo Universe.

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