Recent high school graduate Zach Stone has a long way to go if he wants to "Be Famous," but the upcoming MTV show's star, Bo Burnham, isn't exactly a newbie when it comes to making it big. At 22, Burnham is the youngest person to have ever landed his own Comedy Central special (four days after his 18th birthday, no less!), and that was after being one of YouTube's first genuine sensations in 2006. Feeling a little bit unaccomplished? Yeah, we are, too...
Since his early days of sharing musical interpretations of life at home online ("My Whole Family," featured above, and "Rehab Center For Fictional Characters" were particular hits) during high school, Bo's no-frills take on topics that might be considered banal to some rocketed him to the big leagues pretty quickly. As for the lo-fi video production? Burnham told the A.V. Club in 2009 that it was all a part of the master plan: "I want it to feel very do-it-yourself, almost like voyeurism."
After his self-titled, full-length debut comedy album hit stores in the same year, and on the heels of performances across the nation and in London, Bo recorded his own "Comedy Central Presents" special, "Words, Words, Words," which aired in 2010. And though the man-with-a-mic approach seemed uncharacteristically classic to his longtime Internet fans, Bo made sure to include some tunes (one of which, you know, likens women to puzzles, as neither could vote prior to the 1920s) to honor the style that launched his career.
Now, Bo's ready to take on the art of being famous for nothing by way of MTV satire. Be sure to tune in to the premiere of "Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous" on May 2 at 10:30/9:30c, and tell us how you think it compares to Bo's signature clips!
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