10 Times Bo Burnham's "Inside" Was Art, Pure And Simple

    "Well, well, look who's inside again..."

    2020 was a...tough year, to say the least. And while some people set big goals, made new things, and actually improved themselves, most of us binge-watched everything Netflix, Amazon, and Disney + had to offer as a way to just survive. Bo Burnham's new special Inside is Netflix's latest offer, and it both sets the standard for what quarantine art can look like and showed that it was ok to not be ok this last year...

    Bo Burnham wears a light on his head that illuminates around the darkened room as he sings "Content" in "Inside"

    1. When he made us pause to read the jokes within the jokes.

    Bo sits in front of a whiteboard with comedy written in the middle and bubbles with words like "TV," "social media," "stand up," and "podcasts" branching off into other subcategories

    2. When he roasted his own reaction to his own reaction video.

    Bo reacts to a video of him reacting to a video of him reacting to a video of him reacting to a video

    3. When he used the iPhone aspect ratio during a song about FaceTiming with his mom.

    Bo Burnham sings "I'mma FaceTime with my mom tonight"

    4. When he asked people to hold him accountable for his crude humor while posing on a crucifix.

    Bo posts on an illuminated cross on the wall while he sings

    5. When he let us inside the messy, confusing, rambling parts of the creative process

    Bo rests his head on a pillow on the floor with a blanket wrapped around him and tons of wires and electrical equipment surrounding him

    6. When he complimented his own music while playing as himself in a video game.

    Bo Burnham plays video game where he is the main character with the caption: "I like the music. The music is actually nice on this"

    7. When he used a sock puppet to explain the horrible things that are wrong with the world.

    Bo sits at a keyboard with a sock on his hand like a puppet

    8. When he gave us both the good and bad sides of the internet in a series of disturbing juxtapositions.

    Bo smiles while wearing sunglasses and sitting at a piano

    9. When he made stand-up comedy its own joke within his own comedy special.

    Bo sits down at a stool with a microphone in his hand as a spotlight illuminates him

    10. And finally, when he told himself (and us) that it's ok to not be ok.

    Bo looks down at his phone while a vide of Bo reflects onto his shirt