Bo Burnham: Make Happy

Synopsis: Bo Burnham tackles life, death, sexuality, hypocrisy, mental illness and Pringles cans in his dazzling new stand-up special.
60 min

[woman on TV] That has been, really,

a difficult thing for me. My mother has always been

a very difficult person all her life. Very unhappy. I can never remember

my mother being happy. [inhales deeply] And as she gets older,

however she was as a young person, I find it's just now exaggerated

and, uh... so, she's, uh, 83

and now very extremely negative, very extremely unhappy, and, uh...

that has been hard for me... -[classical music playing]

-[audience cheering and applauding] [woman] Hello, audience. Thank you for coming. You are here because you want to laugh... and you want to forget

about your problems. But I cannot allow it. You should not laugh. You should not forget

about your problems. The world is not funny. -We are all dying.

-[audience laughing] The world is not funny. Twelve percent of the world's population does not have access

to clean drinking water. The world is not funny. Guy Fieri owns

two functioning restaurants. -[audience laughing and applauding]

-The world is not funny. So then...

now that we understand the context, now that we realize

how terribly unfunny the world is... let's do this. -[organ music playing]

-[audience cheering and applauding] [man] Entertainers are not here

to help you. They are here to control you. -[audience continues cheering]

-Never listen to them. Never give them what they want. And most importantly,

never make some f***ing noise! [audience cheers loudly] [hip-hop music playing] [audience continues cheering] -[bell dings]

-[rapping] Ladies! Ladies, if you feel me

Say, "Hell, yeah!" [all women] Hell, yeah! Fellas! Come on, fellas

If you feel me, say, "Hell, yeah!" [all men] Hell, yeah! Virgins, if you haven't felt a person

Say, "Hell, yeah!" [audience] Hell, yeah! If you can divide by zero

Let me hear you say, "Hell, yeah!" [audience] Hell, yeah! -No, you can't.

-[audience laughing] Mathematically impossible.

Listen. Don't be Pavlovian.

I'm looking for actual answers here. Trying to gather information.

Let's go. If you like drinking booze

Let me hear you say, "Hell, yeah!" [audience] Hell, yeah! If you like smoking weed

Let me hear you say, "Hell, yeah!" [audience] Hell, yeah! -Gotcha. Get these motherfuckers.

-[police siren wailing] [officer 1] Get down on the ground!

Get down on the ground! [Bo] Pot is ruining America.

[officer 1] Where's the weed? Where's the weed? [officer 2] Yeah,

we got a room full of potheads. We're gonna need backup.

Over. Psych! If you don't give a f***

About the law Let me hear you say

"F*** the police" [audience] F*** the police. If that seems oversimplified to you

Let me hear you say "It's a really tough job

And they're doing their best" If you know nothing about the conflict

Between Israel and Palestine And thus feel super uncomfortable Weighing in on it

Til you've read about it Let me hear you say

"No comment" [audience] No comment! Good call. I have no idea

what's going on over there. What are they fighting about? They have similar hats. If you want to start the show Let me hear you say, "Hell, yeah"

Come on [audience] Hell, yeah! If my name's Bo... -Whoops.

-[audience laughing] I think you're done

with this call and response sh*t. That's what I thought. If you want me to get introspective, -let's get introspective.

-[soft music playing] [singing] I can't wrap my mind around

Exactly why I'm here I know you paid money

I should be funny Other than that

Don't know why I'm here To make you laugh, right?

That's only half-right Look at the world

I don't know why I'm here All this laughter can't

Feed starving Africans I just hope I don't

Get more from this than you do I would love to tell you

That everything is fine You wanna be happy Well, get in line [rapping] Yeah, this is almost

Musically incoherent at this point Y'all ain't never seen a comedy show

Like this in your f***ing life And for good reason - It gets old after a few minutes

-[audience laughing] You'll see [audience cheering] Let's get this show going Let's get this show started

Okay One, two, three, four -[music stops]

-So I was at the dentist the other day... -[audience laughing and cheering]

-Yeah. [audience applauding] And nothing funny happened, so I was like,

"Don't mention that on stage." I already f***ed it up. -No, you f***ing don't.

-[audience laughing] You do not. Haters gonna hate,

lovers gonna love. You need to reject

both sides of the spectrum -to leave a... healthy middle.

-[audience laughs] Stop participating. Not a participatory thing

going on up here. Trying to immortalize something

I've worked on for a long time. Shut up! [chuckles]

I have not... made my mind up about... masturbation.

It's weird and I'm torn. You know,

'cause on one hand, it feels good. [audience laughing and cheering] [applauding] [cheering] Did you not think

I was gonna use it, idiots? -[audience laughing]

-It's not a prop. It will be used intermittently. Guys...

I've got a lot of problems in my life. I wrote a song

about some of the problems in my life. I hope that some of you can relate to it.

Here we go. [playing slow song] Walking around

I got no one to talk to There's everyone And then there's just me If I could change

Don't you think that I'd do it God only knows

Why he cursed me to be A straight white man [audience laughing] I state my problems Other people roll their eyes Three trips to the mall Zero khakis in my size I've never been the victim

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Bo Burnham

Robert Pickering "Bo" Burnham (born August 21, 1990) is an American comedian, musician, actor, filmmaker and poet. He began his performance career as a YouTuber in March 2006, and his videos have been viewed over 228 million times as of June 2018. Burnham signed a four-year record deal with Comedy Central Records and released his debut EP, Bo Fo Sho, in 2008. His first full-length album, Bo Burnham, was released the following year. In 2010, Burnham's second album was released, and Words Words Words, his first live comedy special, aired on Comedy Central. His third album and second comedy special, what., was released in 2013 on his YouTube channel and Netflix. Burnham finished first overall in voting in 2011's Comedy Central Stand-up Showdown. His third stand-up comedy special, Make Happy, was released exclusively on Netflix on June 3, 2016.In addition to his career as a comedian, Burnham co-created and starred in the MTV television series Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous and released his first book of poetry, Egghead: Or, You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone, in 2013. His first feature film as writer and director, Eighth Grade, was released in July 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. more…

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