All you OG YouTube fans out there probably remember the name Bo Burnham. His videos, which featured him singing humorous songs inside his bedroom received millions of views. And instead of taking the easy road by diving deeper into YouTube, Burnham removed himself from the website and started his career in stand-up.
His most recent comedy special, Make Happy, is probably one of my favorite stand-up specials on Netflix. He adds just the right amount of theatrics to stand-up. It’s different…he’s different, which is why I’m such a huge fan of his.
After the release of his stand-up special, he announced he would be focusing more on going behind the camera. He wanted to write and direct, and it looks like he got his wish. His writing/directorial debut film titled ‘Eighth Grade‘ will premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
It’ll be in the U.S. dramatic competition. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the coming-of-age comedy will follow a 13-year-old girl during her final week of middle school.
“Comedian Bo Burnham wrote and directed this coming-of-age comedy, centering on 13-year-old Kayla (Elsie Fisher, the voice of Agnes in the ‘Despicable Me’ movies), trying to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth-grade year before leaving middle school forever for high school. Josh Hamilton also stars.”
Well, I’m sold. When you combine Bo Burnham with a coming-of-age film? That’s a recipe for greatness. I can’t wait to watch this film. Oh and I forgot to add that A24 has distribution rights, so you know…another layer of greatness.