If you haven’t seen Bo Burnham’s Netflix special Inside, then you are missing out on one of the most innovative, touching, and funny comedy shows of all time. Filmed during the dark days of 2020, Bo explores what it’s like to be doing the best he can in a world gone mad.
Inside isn’t your normal comedy special. There’s no audience. Bo DIYed the whole thing, so there was no team of professionals to assist him in this musical and hilarious journey into the dark night of the soul.
In one bit, Burnham watches a video of a routine he’s just done, and comments on it. Then he comments on the commentary and comments on the commentary of the commentary, and so on and so on. He also delivers a scathingly accurate takedown titled “White Woman’s Instagram” that starts off funny but a little mean, but then takes a surprisingly emotional turn, as if Burnham is acknowledging this is low-hanging fruit and maybe he shouldn’t have been so quick to judge. Musical numbers titled “Welcome to Internet,” “Unpaid Intern” and “FaceTime with my Mom” are brilliant, elegantly constructed, weirdly catchy tunes blending social commentary with flat-out funny observations.
FaceTime with My Mom (Tonight) will give you all the feels. If this is your first time seeing it, I’m envious. It’s a treat.