A Bo Burnham Interview a Day — March Edition
Updated: Mar 7
For my final months as BBH before pivoting to my new focus on stand-up comics, I wanted to really attack a few Bo ideas I had floating around in my head.
First and foremost, I saw a need to compile a list of the BEST interviews that Bo has given over the years.
With the release of Eighth Grade in particular, Bo was everywhere and had many enlightening conversations about teens and social media. And so many people have been seeking more content by Bo beyond his works.
While he may never officially talk about his masterpiece, I hope you all can take solace in the fact that SO many themes in Inside appear in most of these interviews—they are all very entertaining as well.
March 1: Good One with Jesse David Fox—this is a podcast episode, but the entire thing was filmed for Vulture.
Bo discusses the Kanye Rant, tells his favorite joke, and reads from Egghead https://youtu.be/eOABIabgRCg
March 2: 92Y interview with Lauren Duca
This features Bo's infamous Trump rant and the cat lady class award https://youtu.be/osvjZOlTOGI
92Y challenge (potatoes!) https://youtu.be/WR6d0XpJE4Q
March 3: H3—yes, it's another podcast, but the whole thing was filmed, so I am considering this an interview like the others. And it has so many references: hot dogs and peaches, Jerrod and the moon, spirituality, Bezos, Red Bull, etc.
March 5: The Delve—this was the first new interview I saw after falling down the rabbit hole in 2019 and has an EXCELLENT discussion of social media, The Green Room, etc.
March 6: DePaul—this has a great discussion about Snapchat, and the Q&A has a stereotypical liberal college kid (she sounds like Socko lol)
March 7: Tim Key—awkward British humor at its best (one word: ladles)
March 8: NPR (no video)
Pattie Burnham (Bo's mom) was on NPR as well https://www.thisamericanlife.org/523/transcript
March 9: Douglas Rushkoff—this is another filmed podcast. You can see Rushkoff's influence all over Inside, per Josh Kingsford, and the two also discuss the economy of attention
March 10: Off Camera—while the entire black-and-white interview is available for purchase on Sam Jones' website, there is also a great YouTube playlist of select clips
March 11: Vice—this is a short segment, but you get to see his old house (kitchen, living room)
March 12: Talks at Google—this is Bo's Silicon Valley interview, and it's as awkward as you'd think it'd be (Bo needs to engage with his community on YouTube? Lol). Also has the potential origin of "This isn't a test"
March 13: The Atlantic—while the host is a bit snooty, Bo is as enlightening as always about YouTube, smartphones, and the Internet https://youtu.be/Ylq1Pm133kA
March 14: Broadway.com—will Bo write a musical? In this theater-themed interview, he discusses that topic as well as Sondheim, the Book of Mormon, and Tim Minchin
March 15: Salon—this interview has a discussion of the Internet, Slaughterhouse Five, and the inability to reinvent yourself
March 16: Collider
interview with Elsie; mentions Bob Iger https://youtu.be/9vNqjGOElqI
bonus questions segment—this has some great Bo facial expressions! https://youtu.be/qt3OhWQ6dCk
March 17: The HartChart—this Austin Film Festival writer's interview with a sick-sounding Robert has a guest appearance by Mona and Bruce (aww!)
March 18: Time Out London
Bo responds to YT comments https://youtu.be/CUeDaLkdGZg
The Internet interviews... https://youtu.be/VsMjoUVUq6Y
March 19: FSU Torch
College interview of nonsense with Bo https://youtu.be/8RSFxp9Fg50
This even inspired a clever fan edit! https://youtu.be/MroDi2GpJCI
March 20: TCNJ
In this 2011 interview, Bo mentions influences like Carlin and Demetri Martin and how Radiohead helped inspire him to rethink his comedy https://youtu.be/EC-STD-UDeY
This 2016 interview at the same school features a great discussion of his persona, college audiences, etc. https://youtu.be/OG-kVHWO55c
March 21: 2 Minute Warning—another short interview, but this hits on teen crushes, Bo's love of peanut butter, and what he'd be doing now if not for comedy (drugs, he'd be doing drugs lol)
March 22: Bruin Film Society
March 23: Jacob Burns Film Center—this has the classic "Condolences" line after a woman says she teaches eighth grade https://youtu.be/vkjIFRaWYRQ
March 24: Hot Breath!—this is another recorded podcast with Elsie...make sure to watch as Bo sinks lower into his chair during the interview haha
March 25: BookTrib—this is a very LONG interview that covers everything
Fair warning, though: the host giggles awkwardly if that's an issue for you (it appears to be one in the comments ugh)
March 26: Just For Laughs—Comedy Matters TV with Jeffrey Gurian
2011—Bo chats with Jeffrey about his act, Canada, and the possibilities of Google+. He also says "hwhite man" and spots Anthony Jeselnik during the interview https://youtu.be/djWQxeZIo-U
2013—Bo discusses what. https://youtu.be/jRxpYHYW_so
March 27: VidCon with Grace Helbig
Part 1 (Bo's past and YouTube Live Katy Perry reference) https://youtu.be/JE8Cea2jePY
Part 2 (Q&A) https://youtu.be/CU0Jffcu-Wo
Part 3 (more Q&A) https://youtu.be/P33Y9XNFOdU
fan video of Bo looking wildly uncomfortable during the trailer https://youtu.be/EdkCgn2mfWw
March 28: Promising Young Woman interviews at Sundance—here's a handful of short interviews with the cast and Emerald Fennell
The Wrap https://youtu.be/7ifY2Ri_6RE
AP (Bo's first onscreen kiss) https://youtu.be/K0ZjWCivDHg
Review Nation https://youtu.be/X_PpIGG-n0M
Who What Wear (delightful bit about 2020... clearly the Before Times) https://youtu.be/m5YN0pS66as
premiere Q&A https://youtu.be/OwfBiI1OQqo
March 29: Kevin Smith IMDB interview—another Sundance 2020 one, but it's fun to see Bo and Kevin interact https://youtu.be/engdFg7Jbmc
March 30: MTV—this was one of the first vids I had liked/saved on YouTube! Haha
Bo reacting to his first appearance on MTV and reminiscing about his old hair https://youtu.be/jBVQGIh2AZg
TRL interview with Elsie (mentions peanut butter pretzels and Red Bull) https://youtu.be/MZWGMsehtHI
March 31: FabTV Promising Young Woman DVD Extras
Interview with Bo about Ryan https://youtu.be/VEN8J7B76LU
B-roll that shows how much fun the cast had (Bo kept making Carey crack up!) https://youtu.be/QcScfOlIhwk