Bo Burnham, just back from Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, seems to have everything but free time lately. MTV has ordered a pilot for a new sitcom to be written and produced by the young comic.
At the age of 20, Burnham has already toured the world, recorded a half-hour Comedy Central Presents special, and is writing scripts for Judd Apatow.
He kicked off this past summer in his hometown recording Words, Words, Words, Comedy Central’s first installation in the forthcoming “House of Comedy” series, in partnership with the House of Blues. Only a couple months later, he recorded his second live album at Carolines in New York City.
Now Burnham told Variety that the new show will be about “a kid fresh out of high school who’s pursing the new American dream of being a celebrity without having any talent.” In addition to being inherently funny, he also noted that it would “have something to say at the end of the day,” which is a lot more than can be said for the network’s highly successful reality series Jersey Shore.
MTV VP David Janollari likewise has high hopes for the success of the untitled series: “[Burnham] had a such a great take on who he is and what the post-high school millennial generation experience is all about. Everything he said and talked about felt so authentic, and that authenticity was the most important thing. This is all about taking his voice and vision and putting it into a half-hour comedy.”
Certainly a show about the high hopes of a high school grad is fitting for Burnham, who has achieved international notice as a talented comedian after posting videos of his songs on YouTube starting in 2006.
Finally, don’t forget to set your DVRs and watch for Bo Burnham’s Words, Words, Words on October 16th on Comedy Central. It’s sure to be a good time of brilliant comedy (trust me on this one, I was at the live show).
Below, check out a great clip from one of Bo’s recent performances in Scotland.