“My Whole Family Thinks I’m Gay” Artist — You Wouldn’t Believe What’s Next For Him

Try:  scripting the next Judd Apatow comedy:


YouTube rocker Bo Burnham is hoping to star in a movie by geek filmmaker Judd Apatow. He has a better chance than most other Hollywood wannabes of landing such a coveted role — he’s writing the script.

“I’m writing the main character as named Bo, so that’s a not-so-subtle hint I want to be in it,” said Burnham, an 18-year-old singing comedian who got his start videotaping himself strumming satirical songs and uploading them to YouTube.

“I don’t know who else would perform my songs [in the movie],” Burnham said coyly.

Burnham’s burgeoning Hollywood career demonstrates the growing power of YouTube as an incubator for talent.

Burnham is the latest in a string of YouTubers who have used the video site as a launch pad into mainstream media. Others include What the Buck? creator Michael Buckley, who landed a deal with HBO, and vlogger Lucas Cruikshank, who parlayed his hyperactive vlogging persona “Fred” into a partnership with 20th Century Fox.

The chance to develop a script for Hollywood hitmaker Apatow — possibly the hottest comedy director and producer currently working in Tinseltown — is a big deal for Burnham, who has built a cult following on YouTube over the past year, with several of his songs tallying views in the millions.

He described the comedic screenplay he’s working on with co-writer Luke Liacos as an anti-High School Musical, although he insists it won’t be a parody of the Disney franchise.

“It would just be more like my version of high school,” said Burnham, known for his R-rated YouTube ditties like “My Whole Family Thinks I’m Gay.”

Burnham, who describes his popular videos as “pubescent musical comedy,” recently released a six-song EP through Comedy Central and filmed a special for the cable channel.

Although Apatow was away filming his next project and unable to comment, his PR agency confirmed that the director and Burnham are involved in a working relationship. Since the project is still in its infancy, it’s far too early to say if the YouTube songwriter will star as the anti-Zac Efron in Apatow’s movie.

For Burnham, who met the director during Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy fest in July, the timing couldn’t be better.

“I’d been running into problems with censors and had realized my stuff wasn’t going to fly that well on TV,” said Burnham. “It would work much better in a 90-minute format.” 

It’s not the first time Apatow has put his faith in a a young writer. In 2000, he hired Seth Rogen (Freaks and Geeks, Pineapple Express), who was 18 at the time, to co-write several episodes of college sitcom Undeclared.

Maybe I’ve been going about this all wrong.  Maybe I should work on writing a short video for You Tube.  Lord send me a video camera!

~ by WriterRand on October 1, 2008.

3 Responses to ““My Whole Family Thinks I’m Gay” Artist — You Wouldn’t Believe What’s Next For Him”

  1. I saw Bo Burnham’s only US TV appearance so far. It was on “Last Call with Carson Daly”. Bo was right about movies being better than TV for him. He was taller than any other guest on that show, so they made him sit down the whole time to keep him from upstaging everyone.

    Also, they kept him from using his funniest material, as he said, “I’d been running into problems with censors and had realized my stuff wasn’t going to fly that well on TV.”
    Somehow, I don’t think we will be hearing on TV anytime soon,

    “My whole family now suspects
    Watching Spongebob had side effects”
    “Now my glory days are gone,
    I was John Elway now I’m Elton John”

    Another thing is that his facial expressions are half of what makes me laugh. That just didn’t come across well on his TV appearance, but I think movie producers could make it work.

    As for you, I am guessing that you or maybe our friend on Capitol Hill knows someone with an extra camera lying around. Many ordinary digital cameras can make videos good enough for YouTube.

  2. Oh, here is a link to a clip from that TV appearance:

  3. Great Blog!……There’s always something here to make me laugh…Keep doing what ya do 🙂

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