Bo Burnham on New Movie Eighth Grade & Making YouTube Videos
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Bo Burnham on New Movie Eighth Grade & Making YouTube Videos


>>Jimmy: I’M SO IMPRESSED BY YOUR MOVIE. I SAW IT LAST NIGHT. AND IT’S REALLY GREAT. DID YOU IMAGINE THAT YOU’D BE WINNING FILM FESTIVALS AND HAVE LIKE A 99% OR WHATEVER YOU HAVE ON ROTTEN TOMATOES WITH THIS THING?>>YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE HUMBLE, NO. I HAVE NO IDEA. I FEEL VERY FORTUNATE AND LUCKY. YEAH, IT’S GOING INSANELY BETTER THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD. >>Jimmy: I HAVE TO CREDIT MY NEPHEW, CARSON, WHO TOLD ME ABOUT YOU WHEN YOU WERE ON YOUTUBE. USUALLY I’M LIKE, I DON’T, YOUTUBE. I’M LIKE, OH, YEAH, THIS KID IS REALLY TALENTED. >>I WAS TOLD I WAS A COMEDIAN FOR EIGHTH GRADERS SO I MADE A MOVIE ABOUT EIGHTH GRADERS. >>Jimmy: I THINK HE MAY HAVE BEEN IN THE EIGHTH GRADE AT THAT TIME. >>THAT’S RIGHT. >>Jimmy: THE MOVIE IS REALLY — I MEAN, I’M NOT IN THE EIGHTH GRADE, I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE EIGHTH GRADE. TO ME IT FELT LIKE WHAT REALLY IS GOING ON IN THE EIGHTH GRADE.>>WELL, IT’S ACTUAL EIGHTH GRADERS. WE CAST REAL KIDS. MOST OF THE KIDS IN THE MOVIE WERE KIDS FROM THAT SCHOOL THAT WE CULLED FROM THAT SCHOOL.>>Jimmy: WOW, THEY WERE ALL REALLY GOOD.>>YEAH, IT WAS AMAZING. I WOULD GO UP AND MEET ALL OF THEM BEFORE WE FILMED. I’D HAVE LITTLE CONVERSATIONS WITH ALL THE EIGHTH GRADERS AND SAY, YOU KNOW, WHAT’S YOUR NAME? DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? AND ONE GIRL, WHAT’S YOUR NAME? SHE SAID HER NAME. I SAID, DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? SHE SAID, I HAVE ECZEMA. [ LAUGHTER ] ANOTHER KID EATING A BELL PEPPER LIKE AN APPLE. YOU’RE IN, YOU’RE IN. >>Jimmy: EXACTLY. SO THE GIRL WHO PLAYS THE GIRL IN THE MOVIE IS FANTASTIC. SHE IS JUST GREAT. DID YOU KNOW RIGHT AWAY THAT SHE WOULD BE THE PERSON YOU WOULD CAST?>>YEAH. >>Jimmy: WHAT IS HER NAME?>>ELSIE FISHER, WHO IS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. I KNEW PRETTY QUICKLY. IT’S A STORY ABOUT A SHY GIRL, AND SORT OF EVERY OTHER YOUNG ACTOR THAT WOULD COME IN TO PLAY THE ROLE — IT FELT LIKE A CONFIDENT KID PRETENDING TO BE SHY. SHE FELT LIKE A SHY KID PRETENDING CONFIDENCE. WHICH IS WHAT THE SHOW IS. PEOPLE THINK BEING SHY IS COWERING IN A CORNER, BUT IT’S TRYING TO SPEAK AND NOT BEING ABLE TO. SHE GRADUATED EIGHTH GRADE, A WEEK LATER WE FILMED THE MOVIE, THEN A WEEK AFTER HER FRESHMAN YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL, AND SHE DIDN’T GET CAST IN HER SCHOOL PLAY. >>Jimmy: REALLY.>>IT’S LIKE, MR. DONIA FROM THOUSAND OAKS HIGH SCHOOL, [ BLEEP ] YOU. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: NOW SHE’S GOING TO GET IN TROUBLE. >>YEAH, YEAH. HE’S OLD, HE’S ON HIS WAY OUT.>>Jimmy: BY THE WAY, DID YOU PUT HIM IN THE MOVIE WHILE YOU WERE AT THE SCHOOL?>>I DIDN’T, NO. THERE WERE SOME TEACHERS IN THE SCHOOL WE PUT IN. THERE WASN’T A BAND SCENE ORIGIN ORIGINALLY, THEN WHEN I WENT TO TOUR THE SCHOOL I SAW THE BAND TEACHER. HE WAS LIKE, LET ME SHOW YOU THE TUBAS. HE HAD A LONG RAT TAIL. >>Jimmy: I SAW THAT GUY.>>YES. SO THEN OF COURSE WE — >>Jimmy: PUT HIM IN. >>WE HAD A BAND SCENE. HE SHOWED UP ON THAT DAY WEARING A WHITE SHIRT. SO HE KNEW WHERE THE MONEY WAS. [ LAUGHTER ] HE KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON. >>Jimmy: IS THE STORY — BECAUSE YOU, THIS GIRL, I DON’T WANT TO RUIN ANYTHING, BUT SHE MAKES THESE VLOGS, VIDEO LOGS. SHE SPEAKS ABOUT — IS IT IN ANY WAY BASED ON YOUR LIFE AT THAT TIME WHEN YOU STARTED MAKING THESE VIDEOS AND BECOMING, WELL, I DON’T WANT TO RUIN ANYTHING.>>NO IT’S NOT GOING TO RUIN. I MEAN, YOU KNOW — I DON’T KNOW, IT FELT MORE — I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT WHAT IT FELT LIKE TO BE ALIVE NOW. BEING ALIVE NOW TO ME, I FELT NERVOUS AND WEIRD AND SCARED, AND I’M COMFORTABLE. I FELT LIKE AN EIGHTH GRADER. EIGHTH GRADE WAS NOT CHILL FOR ME. >>Jimmy: WHAT WERE YOU UP TO IN THE EIGHTH GRADE?>>I WAS PANTSED IN FRONT OF A GROUP OF GIRLS ON A WHALE WATCHING TRIP. >>Jimmy: BAD. THAT’S BAD. >>WHICH IS — >>Jimmy: WHO DID THE PANTSING?>>I KNOW HIS FIRST AND LAST NAME, I’VE ALREADY PUBLICLY CALLED OUT ONE PERSON, I WON’T DO THAT. >>Jimmy: DID YOU GET TO SEE WHALES AT LEAST?>>NO WHALES WERE SEEN IN ANY SENSE OF THE WORD. [ LAUGHTER ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: WERE YOU IN THE DRAMA PROGRAM YOURSELF? AT SCHOOL?>>YES, I WAS A BIG DRAMA KID. IN A SPORTS FAMILY. SO MY FATHER WAS COMING TO LIKE SHAKESPEARE’S “THE WINTER’S TALE” SCREAMING AT ME. BUT YEAH. >>Jimmy: YOU DIDN’T PLAY SPORTS EVEN THOUGH YOU WERE LITERALLY A GIANT?>>YES, YES. I AM LITERALLY — YOU NEED MORE THAN LENGTH TO BE GOOD AT SPORTS. UNFORTUNATELY, YOU NEED CONTROL OVER THE LENGTH. YEAH, I DID A LOT OF SPORTS. THEN I GREW EIGHT INCHES IN A YEAR MY SOPHOMORE YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL. >>Jimmy: OH, WOW. >>I HAD STRETCH MARKS ON MY SPINE. GROWING SO QUICK. >>Jimmy: ARE THEY GONE NOW?>>THEY HAVE FADED. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: WOW, THAT’S WEIRD. TO HAVE STRETCH MARKS ON YOUR SPINE. >>YEAH IT’S A LOT. I TRIED TO CONVINCE THE DRAMA KIDS IT WAS SOME GIRL CLAWING AT ME BACK, IT DIDN’T GO OVER WELL.>>Jimmy: THEY DIDN’T BELIEVE IT. >>NO>>Jimmy: DID YOUR REACHERS IN SCHOOL KNOW YOU WERE MAKING VIDEOS FOR YOUTUBE AND BECOMING POPULAR IN THAT WAY?>>I WAS IN A ALL BOYS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL. SO THAT WAS CHILL. [ LAUGHTER ] BUT IT WAS A LOT OF — ONE TEACHER SAW THE VIDEOS AND TOOK ME ASIDE AND SAID, I GOT A CHALLENGE FOR YOU. STOP DOING THOSE. [ LAUGHTER ] I WAS LIKE, IT’S NOT MUCH OF A CHALLENGE. I HAVE A CHALLENGE FOR YOU, STOP PURSUING YOUR DREAMS. BUT YEAH.>>Jimmy: YOU DON’T WANT TO NAME THAT TEACHER?>>I FORGET. >>Jimmy: WOW. YOU’VE HAD A LOT OF TROUBLE WITH TEACHERS IN GENERAL. >>YEAH, YEAH. >>Jimmy: SEEMS LIKE, YEAH. >>IF I CAN USE A PUBLIC FORUM TO GO AFTER SCHOOL TEACHERS, I’VE DONE MY JOB. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: YOU DID A GREAT JOB WITH THE MOVIE. I HAVE TO SAY MY WIFE, WE WATCHED IT, AFTERWARDS SHE WAS LIKE, I AM SO GLAD I’M NOT IN THE EIGHTH GRADE ANYMORE. BECAUSE IT REALLY GAVE HER THOSE FEELINGS OF AWKWARDNESS AND DISCOMFORT THAT I THINK MOST PEOPLE HAVE WHEN YOU’RE THAT AGE. >>WE TEND TO REMEMBER THAT TIME AS SO STRESS-FREE, I WISH I WAS IN EIGHTH GRADE, I HAD NO STRESS. IT’S LIKE, YOU, DID YOU JUST HAD NO FREEDOM OR MONEY AND YOU HAD STRESS.>>Jimmy: RIGHT.>>YOUR BODY’S EXPLODING. A POOL PARTY, LIKE THE IDEA OF A POOL PARTY, FORGET WHAT THE MEMORY IS. IT’S A BUNCH OF KIDS WHOSE BODIES ARE EXPLODING. HALF DRESSED. IN LIKE A HOLE IN THE GROUND. HOW IS THIS LEGAL? WITH WATER? SO WE TRY TO JUST SEE IT FRESH, NOT MAKE THE MOVIE FEEL LIKE A MEMORY. MAKE IT FEEL VISCERAL. >>Jimmy: BY HOLE IN THE GROUND, YOU MEAN A POOL?>>YES, YES, YES. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: WELL, CONGRATULATIONS. YOU DID A GREAT JOB. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU

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