Bo Burnham on New Movie Eighth Grade & Making YouTube Videos

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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  1. I took my daughter to see it and she is now in the 9th grad in HS. I asked her if it was accurate. She said it was…………….I took away her phone……………..

  2. The second Bo said "you need control of the length" he immediately chuckled hoping no one heard the innuendo there. God I love this man.

  3. Just saw the film yesterday and I've honestly never heard of this guy before. Watching this interview, he seems like a chill guy.

  4. All I can think of the John Melany quote “8th graders are the meanest people in the world” and I don’t know if this applies to the video but I wanted you all to know this

  5. As an 8th grader, me and my friends who watched it as a joke found it funny and overexagerated. Meanwhile the teachers, like Jimmy Kimmel, all saw it as WAY TOO realistic.

  6. I watched his videos on YT from the beginning, before Hollywood even knew his name. He videos were my fave. Real witty comedy.

  7. I used to go the the school where they filmed the movie and I got a form to be an extra in it but I moved a month before it started. I literally know the teacher with the rat tail.

  8. This film absolutely should have been nominated for best picture! Bo Burnham is so talented! I am watching out for his work!

  9. So funny he said he was a comedian for 8th graders because that’s how old I was 10 years ago when I loved him! Miss him!!

  10. "whatever ratings you got" "the girl who plays the girl"
    Did Jimmy even do his proper research or just do a brief scan on Flixster?

  11. people saying they loved their time at school. and I'm here like: I would go back to school, for any money, id rather be stoned to death in a muslin prison or something similarly horrifying. Anything would literally be less bad that my time at school.

  12. i'm concerned about Bo. he's my favorite person and comedian and he really concerns me with his website. it says he will die on January 17th, 2024. that's my dads birthday. i cry at the thought of Bo doing something to himself. please Bo, if you ever see this, promise to me that you won't do anything to harm yourself. i love you.

  13. For a Jimmy Kimmel interview this was better than usual lol im just kidding, but not really ANYWAYS love seeing bo on the show, whoooo bo

  14. I remember when I was like 9 my teacher gave us this sheet to fill out and one of the questions was “what makes you special” and I said I had molluscum contagiosum so I really relate to the “I have eczema” kid tbh

  15. Bo Burnham is 3 things

    1. Staying cool and weird like a boss

    2. Being Amazing

    3. Making the world a funnier place one joke at a time

    He is a hero

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