The Quarantine Comedy Special

Bo Burnham’s “Inside”

By Jaylin Johnson, Correspondent

This past year and a half have been quite a big deal, and no one would argue that society has changed. “Inside”, a comedy special by Bo Burnham, was released on Netflix this summer, and it beautifully encapsulates the feelings many had over quarantine. You may have already heard some of this special’s music without knowing, seeing as over half of the soundtrack went viral on TikTok this summer with multiple trends for each song.

“Inside” is split into two main parts with an intermission in the middle. The first half is full of comedy songs and skits with jabs at brands, Instagram, Amazon’s CEO, moms trying to use facetime, and more, as you would expect from a comedy special. Right before intermission, the tone gets more serious as Bo Burnham talks about how long he has been working on the special, six months at that point, and how he feels as if he will be working forever. This is the first time the special really takes a second to reflect on what people were feeling during quarantine, as many people were probably also feeling like they would be stuck in quarantine forever.

After the intermission, the rest of the special digs into what it is like to be alone without normal society for a long period of time, and the feeling of putting yourself out there for everyone to see. This special leaves you feeling things you may not even realize you had built up over quarantine. There are quite a few moments that can resonate with the viewer and make them emotional, such as the songs “That Funny Feeling” and “Goodbye”. Simply put, “Inside” is a good watch if you are in the mood for great comedy paired with deeply introspective views on the past year and a half.

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