A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Inside ends on a dark note but contains positive messages throughout about self-expression, doing good for others, and taking care of one's mental health.
Positive Role Models
Burnham displays vulnerability, self-awareness, dedication, and a wide array of musical talent.
Violence & Scariness
Burnham talks and jokes a lot about suicide, though usually with some disclaimer about how he's not being literal.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussion and jokes about sex, including one song called "Sexting," which often feature graphic language (e.g., "tits," "d--k," "c--t," "ass," "whore," "jizz").
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Burnham uses profanity throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," etc.
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Products & Purchases
A lot of jokes about brands, mostly snack foods and fast-food chains, as well as social media.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Burnham occasionally references alcohol and marijuana in some of his songs, but no drinking, smoking, or drug use are shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bo Burnham: Inside is a unique comedy special about creating a comedy special in quarantine. Following a string of well-received stand-up shows (Make Happy, What., and Words, Words, Words), Bo Burnham tweaks the format to a hybrid of stand-up, sketch comedy, and a feature film. It is also a musical, with original songs by Burnham about his experiences in quarantine. Topics range from banal (video messaging and brand-name snack foods) to serious (depression, isolation, and suicide). Burnham jokes about sex -- frequently using graphic descriptive language ("tits," "d--k," "ass," "whore," "jizz," etc.) -- and about suicide. He follows the material about killing himself with a frank discussion of what his joking means and what to take seriously. Inside's subject matter gets gradually darker as it goes along, but the cumulative effect is an incisive, vulnerable, and often very funny work of art about what it means to have lived through the 2020–21 coronavirus pandemic.
Is It Any Good?
Comedy specials typically tend to be fine-tuned and polished down to every fake ad-lib; Burnham's latest special is the culmination of his career to date exactly because it fails at perfection. Burnham began doing stand-up as a teenager and turned 30 while working on Bo Burnham: Inside in isolation during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. What begins as a collection of musical sketches about current events, the internet, and coping with quarantine slowly frays at the edges until giving way to an artistic exploration of the desperate need to perform. Burnham's earnestness can occasionally come off as self-indulgent, but his individual experience also represents a generation who grew up in a culture where everyone's every opinion needs to be broadcast on social media, and personal brand content often equals self-worth. Those who watch Inside strictly for the funny will absolutely find it, but the laughs come as part of something that is raw, challenging, and wholly unique.
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