Picture it: You’re an 18-year-old kid from Massachusetts and you make a few YouTube videos of yourself singing humorous songs about math and banging old ladies. All of a sudden they start getting millions of hits. Then you get signed by Gersh and 3 Arts. Then, you perform at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Then you sign a 4-album deal with Comedy Central and film a special for the network. Then, to top it all off, Judd Apatow wants to produce a musical comedy that you’ll write the script for and star in. Did I mention that you’re fucking 18?! Well, all of those things happened to Bo Burnham, and if that doesn’t make you feel like an unaccomplished schmuck in your 20s or 30s then nothing will.Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Burnham is currently in “negotiations with Universal to write and create the music for a comedy that Judd Apatow will produce. Burnham also could star in the project. The film is being described as a sort of anti-High School Musical, though it is not a parody.” Ugh. Burnham may be a talented guy, but we need to nip this trend in the bud pronto, people. If we don’t, soon we’re gonna hear that the Chocolate Rain guy will star in a Spike Lee “joint,” or that Chris Crocker will be the subject of a new Gus Van Sant bio pic. And if you find out that the Dramatic Prairie Dog scored a first look deal with Paramount, then you officially have my permission to kill yourself.
[Photo Credit: boburnham.com]