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Bo Burnham Discusses Anxiety and 'Eighth Grade'


  • Comedian/writer/director Bo Burnham was featured on Vulture's Good One comedy podcast to promote his upcoming film Eighth Grade.

  • Says he is tired of expressing himself through himself - doesn't rule out ever doing more stand-up, but feels like he has nothing more to say about himself right now that his stand-up hasn't already covered.

  • Talks about anxiety, and how the main character of Eighth Grade has the same sort of anxiety issues about going to a pool party that he would have before going on stage to do comedy shows.

  • Thinks it's important that we have spaces like movie theaters, where we have to put our phones down, and thinks the enormous size of the images on the screen are a part of what makes watching a movie in a theater such a powerful experience.

  • On whether a teenage girl's story is "too small" for a movie: "...for it to be a 13-year-old girl — “Oh, that should be a television thing.” No, she should be 30 feet tall. Her experience is bigger than you and you should be able to sit back and humble yourself before her because her interior life is as big as anybody’s. Why can’t an epic story about the human condition be about a girl walking into a pool party instead of some fucking poet in a cabin in the woods or some guy with a sword?"

  • Says the internet makes 13 year-olds of us all.

  • Doesn't want to think of himself in terms of his body of work and what he's accomplished, only what he's working on at the moment.


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What are some of your favorite movies about young women, ONTD? Are you going to see Eighth Grade?

Tags: comedy / comedian, film - comedy, film - drama, interview, podcasts
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