I watched Bo Burnham in high school, this is not the same guy. Sure, his parody musical style of comedy is imbedded in the DNA of “Inside”, his newest special on Netflix, but Bo Burnham has chosen to take a look at the world, his past, and what life is like in 2020-2021-whenever this fucking thing ends.
‘Inside’ is the anthem of the pandemic in its raw ability to turn a mirror on ourselves and reflect on the insane times we are in. The struggles with race discrimination, economic inequality, screen addiction, and more are explored but through Bo Burnham channeling Weird Al in all the best ways. This music has been on my repeat list on Spotify all year, and if you don’t finish watching Inside singing one of them you didn’t understand the assignment.
But what is ‘Inside’ trying to say? To me, it’s through-line for each song is Bo’s mental struggle going through the pandemic and realizing the plans he made aren’t going to work how he wanted them to. Depression and Anxiety is rampant in the United States and never have I felt that it’s been explored in such a unique and creative way than in this special.
In the end as we are wrapping up 2021 still in a now endemic, It’s important to make ‘Inside’ something people can look to and empathize with. Because it’s okay to still not be okay.