Bo Fo Sho

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Bo Fo Sho
EP by Bo Burnham
Released June 17, 2008 (2008-06-17)
Genre Comedy
Length 18:18[1]
Label Comedy Central Records
Bo Burnham chronology
Bo Fo Sho
(2008)
Bo Burnham
(2009)

Bo Fo Sho is the first EP released by American comedian Bo Burnham. The six-track comedy EP was released on June 17, 2008 (2008-06-17) by Comedy Central Records,[1][2] and charted well across the Billboard charts.

Production[edit]

After performing on Comedy Central's The World Stands Up in January 2008, Burnham signed a four-record deal with their label, Comedy Central Records.[3][4] In a June 2008 interview with Wired, Burnham described himself as "still a kid in his bedroom, writing songs and playing them" and that if Bo Fo Sho were anything else, "it would lose the whole DIY effect of how I started out."[5]

During a 2008 show in Boston, Burnham joked that the song "Sunday School"—wherein he adopts the persona of an "overly exuberant" Sunday school teacher—was the reason he waited until after graduating from the all-boys Catholic high school, St. John's Preparatory, before releasing his EP.[3][6][7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bo' Fo' Sho'" – 2:48
    • Originally debuted on YouTube, September 24, 2007 (2007-09-24)[8]
  2. "H-O-A-R" – 2:46
  3. "High School Party (Girl)" – 2:40
  4. "3.14 Apple Pi" – 3:30
    • Described by The Boston Globe '​s Joseph P. Kahn as "gangsta rap [dragged] down alleyways even Snoop Dogg would fear to tread."[3]
      Originally debuted on YouTube, March 10, 2007 (2007-03-10)[10]
  5. "Sunday School" – 2:40
  6. "My Whole Family..." – 3:54
    • The cult hit that "propelled Burnham to Internet stardom"; originally debuted on YouTube, December 21, 2006 (2006-12-21)[3][11][12]

Reception[edit]

Bo Fo Sho sold over 20,000 copies in its first three months, and as of February 2009 continues to be a strong seller.[13]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 2[14]
U.S. Billboard Top Comedy Albums 3[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bo Fo Sho [Explicit]". Amazon.com. Seattle, Washington, USA. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  2. ^ Giltz, Michael (2008-07-26). "Young comedian Bo Burnham is heading up charts". Daily News (New York City, USA: Mortimer Zuckerman). Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  3. ^ a b c d Kahn, Joseph P. (2008-02-13). "Nonfamily humor, straight from home". The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts, USA: P. Steven Ainsley). Retrieved 2009-01-25. "Irreverent songs win Hamilton youth a cult following" 
  4. ^ Ingram, Matthew (2008-09-26). "Bo Burnham: Teenaged YouTube star". The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Phillip Crawley). Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  5. ^ Wortham, Jenna (2008-06-11). "YouTube Star Bo Burnham Readies Debut EP, Bo Fo Sho". Wired. San Francisco, California, USA: Condé Nast Publications. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  6. ^ "Singing Comedian Bo Burnham Joins Apatow Clan". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  7. ^ Olson, Kris (2008-07-03). "Ready, set … Bo! (Burnham, that is)". The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Massachusetts, USA: Rick Daniels). Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  8. ^ Bo Fo' Sho' on YouTube
  9. ^ Burnham, Robert (2008). "High School Party" (iTMS). Comedy Central Records. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  10. ^ 3.14 Apple Pi on YouTube
  11. ^ Hastings, Katy (2008-10-13). "Teen Comic Signs Hollywood Deal". Sky News Online (London, England, United Kingdom: Sky News). Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  12. ^ My Whole Family... on YouTube
  13. ^ Comedy Central Records (2009-02-18). "COMEDY CENTRAL Records(R) to Release 'Bo Burnham' CD/DVD on March 10". New York, United States. PR Newswire. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  14. ^ a b "Bo Burnham Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-01-29.