achieved fame when his YouTube videos took off and received more than 70 million views by October 2010
You can watch my new special for free here.
edit: Thanks for all the thoughtful questions. Really enjoyed doing this! Happy Holidays!
You can watch my new special for free here.
edit: Thanks for all the thoughtful questions. Really enjoyed doing this! Happy Holidays!
Comments: 6047 • Responses: 81 • Date: 2013-12-19 20:58:20 UTCsource
RandyMoss182903 karma2013-12-19 21:01:04 UTC
Hey Bo, I just wanted to say that when we were both in Little League Tony hit me directly in the spine with a fastball, then my next at-bat you hit me in the exact same spot. You guys were flamethrowers and I was in 4th grade. So fuck you.
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iamboAMA3354 karma2013-12-19 21:42:02 UTC
Dude, I think Tony is in jail now. Legitimately. So talk shit to me all you want but I'd be careful throwing Tony's name around like that.watchyourself
Blackman131973 karma2013-12-19 21:02:47 UTC
Hey Bo, on your special when you told the video editor joke and then it cut away (which I thought was brilliant),what did you say to the audience between setting up the editor joke and when the video picks back up?
iamboAMA2527 karma2013-12-19 21:17:05 UTC
Glad you dug that bit! Wasn't sure how it would play. At the taping, right after the "video editor's are so fucking-" I think I said, "and then we'll cut and, uh, just forget it this joke isn't for you." I could've spent time explaining it but I was worried that that would kill the momentum.
Chainsaw_Cock1192 karma2013-12-19 21:00:04 UTC
Do you have trouble getting respect in the comedy community because you made it at such a young age rather than grinding it out for years, "paying your dues?"
iamboAMA1897 karma2013-12-19 21:13:55 UTC
You know that was something I was really worried about when I started because if I had been grinding it out on the comedy scene for 15 years and some little kid had showed up and had an audience sort of fall into his lap out of nowhere, I would've been pretty annoyed. But I've found, across the board, that comedians have been very respectful and kind to me. And that seems to stem from the fact that they are just respectful and kind people in general. Comedians get a bad rap for being dark and anti-social I think.
TundraWolf_970 karma2013-12-19 21:19:20 UTC
It probably helps that your humor is intelligent. I'm always impressed by your material.
iamboAMA1456 karma2013-12-19 21:36:31 UTC
Thanks, man. I think maybe it also helps that stand-up comedy is inherently less competitive than other stuff. I never felt like I was stealing anyone's fans as much as I was introducing some younger people to comedy who will eventually find tons of other comedians that they love.
megdonalds1162 karma2013-12-19 21:00:51 UTC
"From The Perspective of God" is my favorite song from the new special, especially because it departs from the cynicism and jokes to become quite touchingly introspective towards the end. Did you set out to write that type of song, or did it start in the vein of "Rant" and somehow develop differently?
iamboAMA1495 karma2013-12-19 21:25:29 UTC
So glad you liked it. Means a lot. I just really liked the idea of God as being sort of quiet and annoyed. God rolling his eyes or making slightly catty and dismissive remarks was just instantly fun and felt right. It was only after I had written that song that I realized that the song was just me imagining what I would do if I was God. Which I like as a concept even if it wasn't a conscious concept on my part. I think it's interesting (even if you don't believe, as I don't) to put yourself in His shoes.
emq111122 karma2013-12-19 21:02:43 UTC
I've never been this early to an AMA before oh god
What's your favorite type of cheese?
iamboAMA1706 karma2013-12-19 22:09:36 UTC
Cheese makes my stomach hurt. Do I get an award for most pussy answer ever on an AMA?
Joined_Today1390 karma2013-12-19 22:17:30 UTC
iamboAMA1470 karma2013-12-19 22:30:20 UTC
This might sound like a random question, but was the color for effect? oh wait, nevermind...
BergAndCrist1021 karma2013-12-19 21:01:44 UTC
What is your actual relationship with your dad? In many of your comedies you seem to bash on him, but I've always been curious of how your true relationship with him is like?
iamboAMA1691 karma2013-12-19 21:52:51 UTC
My father is amazing and obscenely supportive. I think a lot of my act, for me, is sort of a parody of being a performer or an "artist" so I always liked that the subtext of the show was just me filling a dad-shaped hole in my heart. I'm also very weary of attention and I don't want to include my loved ones in it. I signed up for something, and I don't quite know what it is, but I know that they didn't sign up for it and I don't want to drag them into it. I know that sounds a bit dramatic but I'm just trying to play it safe.
doshqisn992 karma2013-12-19 21:01:49 UTC
How long did it take you to memorize your entire performance for "what."?
iamboAMA1807 karma2013-12-19 21:37:56 UTC
The show took about 3 years to write and perfect. The "memorizing" sort of happens during the writing for me.
boochieman29731 karma2013-12-19 21:38:57 UTC
3 years seems like a long time. Is that normal for an hour long show?
iamboAMA2860 karma2013-12-19 21:47:35 UTC
Not nowadays, no. Louis CK started turning over an hour a year and then it was like every comedian felt like they needed to do that. Louis is brilliant and prolific and that process works for him. But I needed more time. The Beatles could churn out two brilliant albums a year but Radiohead needed a few years in between. (YES I AM RADIOHEAD AND LOUIS CK IS THE BEATLES).
jetmax25435 karma2013-12-19 21:55:03 UTC
Louis started doing that after he met George Carlin. Carlin is the one who way back in the 70's decided to throw out every joke at the end of the year and start again. He talks about it at length at the Carlin memorial.
iamboAMA481 karma2013-12-19 23:36:34 UTC
Yes! Good point. But Louis doing it had this ripple effect on all other comics it felt like.
WildcaRD7901 karma2013-12-19 21:02:09 UTC
Are we going to see a lot more of the serious satire like Art is Dead, God's Perspective, and Repeat Stuff? Personally, this is some of my favorite comedy that you perform.
iamboAMA1259 karma2013-12-19 22:08:10 UTC
Oh thanks man. Serious satire sounds a little like an oxymoron but I know what you mean. Not sure really. If there's something I want to talk about, I'll do it. But I'm at the point now where the tank is empty and I just need to bang my head against a wall for a few months.
P1NGU739 karma2013-12-19 21:01:57 UTC
Did your family actually think you were gay?
geotracker8718 karma2013-12-19 21:10:58 UTC
iamboAMA1591 karma2013-12-19 21:40:22 UTC
My mother says she never thought so, but I think she's lying. I am not gay. It doesn't offend me or hurt me if people think I am so I keep it ambiguous on stage.
lsuboy95735 karma2013-12-19 21:03:15 UTC
What's the most awkward fan encounter you can remember?
iamboAMA3263 karma2013-12-19 22:42:22 UTC
In a Chicago hotel in 2009, a fan blew me from the ceiling for the whole night.
tSnDjKniteX646 karma2013-12-19 21:02:48 UTC
Will you do a collab track with Childish Gambino?
iamboAMA695 karma2013-12-20 00:00:47 UTC
I enjoy watching/listening to Donald. He's doing his own thing and I don't see how I would fit into it. I think he's trying to get away from gimmicky/punny punchline rap, which I respect.
YOURE_GONNA_HATE_ME588 karma2013-12-19 21:00:54 UTC
Bo every time I listen to "Bo Fo Sho" it reminds me of a buddy who passed away a few years ago. It was his favorite and I smile every time. Thank you for the laughs and keep being awesome.
iamboAMA834 karma2013-12-19 22:21:35 UTC
So sorry for your loss. I'm so happy that my stupid little song could remind you of good times with him. Thanks for sharing.
PanachelessNihilist566 karma2013-12-19 21:02:00 UTC
Your screenplay, "Gay Kid and Fat Chick", was near the top of the "Black List" of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Is that the script you'd been working on with Judd Apatow? Can you tell us a little bit about the movie, and what the next steps are going to be?
Also: Season 2 of Zach Stone? Please?
Lastly, do you #StandWithPhil?
iamboAMA823 karma2013-12-19 21:31:38 UTC
"Gay Kid and Fat Chick" is a different script than the Judd one (which has been dead for a while now). GK&FC is a weird bullying story about a (duh) overweight girl and a gay kid who are best friends in high school and decide to dress up and beat the fuck out of "mean" people at their school. Not sure what's going to happen with it, yet. My fingers are crossed. I won't act in it, which is nice. I'd really love to make something that doesn't involve my stupid face.
Also: MTV cancelled Zach Stone, unfortunately. But who knows what will happen in the future?
Lastly, fuck a duck.
Trappdaddy183 karma2013-12-19 21:34:21 UTC
Any chance Zach Stone gets on netflix?
iamboAMA400 karma2013-12-19 21:53:34 UTC
Not sure. Viacom (the company that owns MTV) doesn't seem to be getting along with Netflix lately.
farkenflugen270 karma2013-12-19 21:59:33 UTC
iamboAMA1151 karma2013-12-19 22:51:48 UTC
NO. THEY ARE GREAT. AND THEY DO NOT HYPNOTIZE THOSE WHO THEY FIRE OR CANCEL. ALL HAIL REAL HUMANS OF VIACOM.
ItsDavidsBacon504 karma2013-12-19 20:59:29 UTC
Who's your favorite stand-up comedian?
iamboAMA1158 karma2013-12-19 21:08:17 UTC
Too many to pick! Americans: George Carlin, Steve Martin, Andy Kaufman, Demetri Martin, John Mulaney, Hannibal Buress, Moshe Kasher, Pete Holmes, Rory Scovel. Jon Dore (Canadian). Non-Americans: Tim Minchin, Bill Bailey, Maeve Higgins, Josie Long, Hans Teeuwen, Claudia O'Doherty, Sam Simmons, Stewart Lee.
NotMathMan8212603 karma2013-12-19 21:09:45 UTC
You can just say Carlos Mencia and cover everyone at once!
iamboAMA3264 karma2013-12-19 22:04:53 UTC
STOP BEING CLEVER AND UPSTAGING ME THIS IS MY AMA YOU FUCKING ASSHOLE!!!!
Reviel474 karma2013-12-19 21:45:06 UTC
What is your least favorite dipping sauce?
iamboAMA972 karma2013-12-19 22:46:21 UTC
PJellly730 karma2013-12-19 22:52:03 UTC
I don't know what to believe..
iamboAMA866 karma2013-12-19 23:59:21 UTC
DavidMakesTunes455 karma2013-12-19 21:02:56 UTC
I found you on the internet when you were young (and I was slightly younger); I used to sing your songs at bonfires, and it was a hit. Life happened and I didn't follow you as much as I should have, until Zach Stone and Egghead started being a thing (things, I guess). After reading excerpts from Egghead, I found Words Words Words and I loved it. Art is Dead is just... fuck. Knowing how you feel about Carlin from the beginning of Egghead makes the line about him in Art is Dead a bit more powerful. It makes me sad but I haven't listened to anything else in like three days now.
And then I saw what., which shattered all of my expectations. Self-aware and hilarious is hard to do, but by god you did it.
I don't have a question. I just wanted to thank you for all the entertainment. So yeah; thank you.
iamboAMA447 karma2013-12-19 22:19:20 UTC
Wow! Thanks so much David (I assume that's your name). That really truly means a lot. Carlin is the best and I'll do my best to keep making stuff that you'll dig. Thanks again!
fun_infundibulum427 karma2013-12-19 21:35:06 UTC
Why did you decide to release your special "what." for free?
iamboAMA916 karma2013-12-19 22:46:12 UTC
It took so long to make and it was something different than I've done before, so I really just wanted it to be as easy to find and watch as possible. Also, if I do it myself, I don't have to take any notes on what to cut or keep. Within two hours of releasing it, I knew I'd made the right choice.
TB91238375 karma2013-12-19 21:02:13 UTC
Who throws stuff at you in your vines?
McMqsmith332 karma2013-12-19 21:07:47 UTC
He's said on Pete Holmes's podcast that it's usually his girlfriend that helps him with his vines.
iamboAMA966 karma2013-12-19 22:13:34 UTC
Yes. She has to deal with my as a person and in exchange she gets to occasionally throw a box of Cheez-Its at my face.
shannoctopus454 karma2013-12-19 22:17:07 UTC
Sounds like you guys have been together for a while. Are you the type of person who eventually wants to settle down and have kids one day? asking personal questions that you probably won't answer wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ChristopherSquawken1470 karma2013-12-19 22:34:24 UTC
Nice try Bo's girlfriend.
iamboAMA684 karma2013-12-20 00:01:11 UTC
PotatoMerchant358 karma2013-12-20 00:15:48 UTC
HOLY SHIT HEY BO DON'T READ THIS!!!!!
I was the guy that farted during the Orlando show, you said it was amazing.."if I could sum up this city in one sound..if would be that fucking queef" :'D
And that is my claim to fame.
iamboAMA447 karma2013-12-20 00:28:25 UTC
hahahaha amazing! Your anus has great timing.
omfgitskelly332 karma2013-12-19 21:02:29 UTC
what inspired We Think We Know You?
iamboAMA594 karma2013-12-19 22:12:15 UTC
The biggest danger, for me, with making yourself your act is that a lot of people with think they know you for better or worse. That's an ongoing struggle with me and it can get really trippy sometimes. I try to be strong about it and assure myself that only my close friends and family can really pass judgement on me personally, but it's impossible to not let it get to you. So that bit was just me addressing that problem I guess. It's not a perfect bit and there's probably plenty of holes to be poked in it, but it came from an honest place so it felt like the right thing to do.
JustLearnedThis174 karma2013-12-19 22:16:13 UTC
Just finished watching the show twice in a row and couldn't help but think about how long it must have taken to memorize the hand movements for that.
I was wondering, given how long it must take to produce a bit like that, do you plan on tweaking anything as time goes on, or do you see it as "perfect" by the time you actually perform it on stage?
iamboAMA287 karma2013-12-19 22:32:43 UTC
That bit went through four or five drafts before it was done. The studio time took so long that by the time the track was finished, I already knew the moves.
Kingtswasey282 karma2013-12-19 21:01:58 UTC
If you could do a collab with any artist who would it be?
iamboAMA579 karma2013-12-19 22:01:55 UTC
I'd love to write a musical and if I did that, I'd love to collaborate with someone who was a great composer/orchestrator so that I could contribute melodically and lyrically. All of the artists that I love, I probably wouldn't want to collaborate with. The person I'd most want to collaborate with isn't the person I'm the biggest fan of, but the person who would compliment me the most creatively. He or she is out there somewhere I'm sure. Hope this isn't sounding like a cop-out.
twin97233 karma2013-12-19 22:03:57 UTC
It doesn't sound like a cop-out at all, I think you should work with the south park guys.
iamboAMA458 karma2013-12-19 22:05:53 UTC
That's actually a great example because Trey and Matt found Robert Lopez to collaborate with them on Book of Mormon. I feel like I would need someone like that as I am very limited musically.
Deloxor173 karma2013-12-19 22:07:57 UTC
The fact that you consider yourself limited musically is weird to me. I think you're pretty damn great at what you do.
iamboAMA385 karma2013-12-19 22:53:25 UTC
Thanks. I'm not trying to be overly-humble, it's just I don't have enough musical firepower to do a good MUSICAL by myself. I would need someone who has studied composition and orchestration. I can't read or write music.
ContourOneFoot146 karma2013-12-19 22:07:59 UTC
I feel like your vocals have gotten much better since Comedy Central Presents, have you received vocal training since the beginning?
iamboAMA201 karma2013-12-19 23:37:47 UTC
hahah thanks. I don't have a great voice but I've been trying to learn to control it better on stage. Haven't taken vocal training but would love to at some point.
amessinthetardis279 karma2013-12-19 21:02:01 UTC
You've got a fantastic book, a new special, and had one of the most creative pieces of television I've seen in the longest time. What's next for you? How long does it usually take you to compile a whole show?
iamboAMA323 karma2013-12-19 22:17:54 UTC
Thanks so much! So glad you liked all that stuff. Not exactly sure what I'm going to do next. I'd like to write more and try to cultivate the skills that don't have to do with my stupid face. I'm aware that at any point people could stop wanting to see it and I want to be able to disappear and still work without worrying about my "brand" or "celebrity." "what." took me three years to make and I have no idea when I'll have another show written. Since I would want to do something different with the next one, it's very hard to predict.
LordLeviathan276 karma2013-12-19 21:08:05 UTC
What was your first sexual experience like?
iamboAMA1033 karma2013-12-19 22:09:00 UTC
"Was it good for you?"
"Who are you by the way?"
BlooBlud267 karma2013-12-19 21:02:03 UTC
Are you happy with your life?
iamboAMA737 karma2013-12-19 22:47:01 UTC
Very. I feel so lucky that it often panics me.
IronMaiden4892266 karma2013-12-19 21:04:42 UTC
What do microphones/Satan taste like?
iamboAMA524 karma2013-12-19 23:25:31 UTC
such_a_tommy_move261 karma2013-12-19 21:00:32 UTC
Would you ever consider doing a collaboration with George Watsky?
iamboAMA249 karma2013-12-19 22:59:29 UTC
We talked about it but we never really found the time. I also haven't really "rapped" in a while. At a certain point I felt like I had nothing left to say in that medium. But perhaps the rap bug will bite again!
PsychoticHobo256 karma2013-12-19 21:04:04 UTC
Gillian Jacobs recently tweeted about your new special (it's fantastic BTW) mentioning you as a "friend". As a big Community and Bo (and Boogie2988 who tweeted your twitter) fan, I'm curious as to how you know her. Thanks for the AMA and keep being weirdly awesome and awesomely weird!
Edit: Also Joe Bereta, he's awesome.
iamboAMA313 karma2013-12-19 22:15:03 UTC
I am good friends with Gillian's boyfriend so I know her through him. She's incredibly nice, down-to-earth, everything you would hope she'd be. And the YouTube community has always been incredibly supportive of me. I hadn't talked to Boogie before this special came out but I'd been a fan of his.
Jewzilian236 karma2013-12-19 23:36:55 UTC
Your "this is my jam" vine and the "dear glove compartment" one make me laugh every single time. Literally. Every. Single. Time.
iamboAMA544 karma2013-12-19 23:52:40 UTC
hahaha thanks! Your username made me laugh this time and I will let you know if it makes me laugh the next time I think about it.
iamboAMA1076 karma2013-12-19 23:53:29 UTC
Bowties23229 karma2013-12-19 22:31:34 UTC
Will you have my children
iamboAMA1172 karma2013-12-20 00:14:08 UTC
Yes drop them off at 9.
D-dude229 karma2013-12-19 21:03:23 UTC
What do you want for Christmas?
iamboAMA1477 karma2013-12-19 23:19:13 UTC
I don't need anything as long as I have my family, friends, millions of dollars, unlimited pussy.
brochick209 karma2013-12-19 21:21:45 UTC
I dont have a question for you but this is the first time that I've known about an AMA as it was happening.. and it's someone I enjoy. DAMNIT.
iamboAMA414 karma2013-12-19 23:00:06 UTC
Why damnit my sweet brochick?
SharkRepellantSpray200 karma2013-12-19 21:01:33 UTC
Hey Bo! The finale of 'what.' has some dramatic moments regarding meeting ignorant fans and agents.
How do you deal with them in real life?
iamboAMA312 karma2013-12-19 22:25:41 UTC
It wasn't as much ignorant "fans" for me as much as people in general who think they know that I'm an asshole cause of hearsay or girls that ignored me doing a 180. That bit, though part of my act, is part of me dealing with it in real life in a way. But I'm sure you have people in your life who's perception of you you don't much care for. I'm still learning how to deal with it. And I'm also not putting it all on them, I'm sure I was a bit of a dick when I was in high school (I certainly can't stand by everything I said or did at 16). I avoided the agents by working with ones that "got" what I did and are onboard with what I want to do.
ranorqt200 karma2013-12-19 21:04:20 UTC
Have you considered ever getting back into routinely uploading songs to youtube? Or is that a thing of the past? More Bo would be nice.
iamboAMA398 karma2013-12-19 23:20:26 UTC
The reason I didn't for the last three years is because I wanted to make the whole show first. When I post songs online, then they don't play well live anymore (people know them so they don't laugh). And I love performing live. So I probably won't return to posting things regularly, but when I do have stuff, and it makes sense, I'll post it.
something-epic195 karma2013-12-19 21:01:48 UTC
Did you take a lot of drama classes in high school? In what. there's such theatricality it's a very special thing to watch.
iamboAMA300 karma2013-12-19 22:35:51 UTC
Yeah I really only did theatre in high school. And I was getting ready to enroll at the Experimental Theatre Wing of NYU before I dropped out to do comedy. I've always loved the physical and technical aspects of theatre. So glad you liked those things in what.!
Darknight007192 karma2013-12-19 23:39:55 UTC
Tell me you love me
iamboAMA396 karma2013-12-19 23:48:25 UTC
i love you.
iamboAMA623 karma2013-12-19 23:48:32 UTC
Im_Not_Important166 karma2013-12-19 21:22:14 UTC
Do you get angry at hecklers, or is it entertaining for you to deal with them?
iamboAMA616 karma2013-12-19 23:43:09 UTC
It's fun sometimes. My problem lately is that there's a compilation video on youtube of me coming back to hecklers that has a decent amount of views. So I have people come to the shows excited to heckle me. And if I'm somehow able to spin the heckle into something entertaining for the audience, the heckler then feels like they contributed to the show. Rather than they almost sabotaged the show and I was able to save it (usually barely). It's fun sometimes but it's always a fucking wrench in the gears.
MrOnemanloner155 karma2013-12-19 21:01:01 UTC
what was the most fun episode of zac stone to film?
iamboAMA232 karma2013-12-19 22:16:17 UTC
The whole experience was amazing but I think I had the most fun shooting the diner scenes in the "Zach Stone is Gonna Be an Actor" episode. Nelson Franklin, who played the director, had my dying the whole day.
smiles13480 karma2013-12-19 23:04:54 UTC
Did you get your dying back at the end of the day?
iamboAMA91 karma2013-12-20 00:43:36 UTC
Well done. Will not edit.
kelburn152 karma2013-12-19 23:43:23 UTC
In the special at the end of "I fuck sluts" you nodded and waved to someone who must have been sitting in the balcony seats. Was it your girlfriend?
iamboAMA400 karma2013-12-19 23:45:41 UTC
hahaha no that was just someone who made a weird noise. My girlfriend makes weird noises too, though.
realmadrid0705152 karma2013-12-19 21:03:36 UTC
Do you ever regret not going to college?
iamboAMA295 karma2013-12-19 23:09:12 UTC
Not really, but I have been missing learning and am looking into maybe taking some music and literature classes next year.
shakeblake145 karma2013-12-19 21:04:06 UTC
Would you ever do another tv show, or is Zach Stone the last one you'll ever do?
iamboAMA282 karma2013-12-19 22:34:29 UTC
I'd love to do another one. Even though it was cancelled, I felt like a got to make a complete "thing" with ZS. My favorite show ever (uk office) is only 14 episodes.
LarneyStinson143 karma2013-12-19 21:01:53 UTC
Bo, how do other comedians respond to you doing more serious songs during your advertised comedic performances?
iamboAMA169 karma2013-12-19 22:57:47 UTC
Not sure. I never really performed parts of this new show in comedy clubs because I wanted to try to work on the show as a whole rather than break it into ten minute chunks. I'm friends with a lot of comedians, but we don't talk about material. Most comedians I know don't watch a lot of other comedy.
AgBugElf135 karma2013-12-19 23:33:16 UTC
What is the subject you give the least fucks about?
iamboAMA436 karma2013-12-19 23:56:03 UTC
iamboAMA999 karma2013-12-19 23:56:14 UTC
Loved Cars 2 though.
connor4695128 karma2013-12-20 01:01:34 UTC
Found this gem when pausing it lol http://i.imgur.com/Wvk0VDO.png
iamboAMA238 karma2013-12-20 01:05:16 UTC
That's a rare moment of breaking character.
GoTeamJosh123 karma2013-12-19 21:02:28 UTC
Years ago, you posted a picture of yourself on Twitter and a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend who is freakishly obsessed with you was able to recognize which hotel you were staying in from something in the background.
This crazy girl ended up calling the hotel and sending room service to you. I'm thinking a pickle was involved.
Do you remember this? Were you freaked out? Or is this an extremely common occurrence?
iamboAMA261 karma2013-12-20 00:06:33 UTC
Definitely not common. I don't remember a pickle but one time someone found out what room I was staying in and pounded on the door at 2am and ran away. I was 18 and in Arizona by myself and that scared the fuck out of me. Sending a pickle for afar is pretty harmless.
ObviousTpyo107 karma2013-12-19 21:00:12 UTC
Hey, Bo! Firstly I want to say thank you so much for all of your hard work from the YouTube days up to today. I saw 'Words, Words, Words' when you toured and 'What.' a couple of days ago and I loved every minute of both!
Onto my question: Your work seems to challenge a lot of the traditional conventions of stand-up, with the inclusion of songs like 'Art is Dead', among others. Not only including these songs, but changing the tone of your shows seamlessly
I feel like 'What.' had a few more of those moments that made me stop and think about the material. Particularly 'From God's Perspective', 'We Think We Know You' and 'Left Brain, Right Brain'. Are songs/routines like these a conscious decision to play with the audience's expectations? Do you consider them an essential component to keep the audience thinking critically? Are they there to give the audience a better look at you as a person rather than your on stage persona? Am I over-thinking this?
iamboAMA207 karma2013-12-19 23:07:58 UTC
Well I'm usually over-thinking things so we're probably in the same boat. Comedy is very strange to me and I don't fully understand it's purpose or function (hence "what."). And furthermore, I am very confused how comedy relates to me, and how it helps or hurts me, and how the audience relates to me. Are they my friends? My customers? Something in between? It's all very strange and this show wasn't meant to give answers to the audience as much as it was meant to let the audience in on those questions if that makes sense. I wish we could get coffee and talk about this because it's a long conversation for me. Thanks for the questions and hope this answered some of them.
Y2J110096 karma2013-12-19 21:01:52 UTC
Dude, you are like one of my absolute biggest idols. I introduced you in my high school and tons of people love you! I wanted to know 3 things.
1: Favorite/Least favorite bit from what?
2: Why netflix/youtube for what. instead of CC?
3: What are the most common missed/misunderstood inside jokes hidden in your song?
iamboAMA296 karma2013-12-19 23:29:10 UTC
Thanks for sharing my stuff with people. Glad you like it.
HurstClinton91 karma2013-12-19 23:21:29 UTC
But did you really mean to knock the water over?
iamboAMA166 karma2013-12-20 00:53:49 UTC
Of course not.
amehsucks74 karma2013-12-19 23:42:50 UTC
First, I want to thank you for getting me through a really tough time in my life. This past year has sucked 16 bags of dicks (usually at all at the same time) and I found your shows were some of the very few things that made me laugh. Pretty sure I've thanked you for this before, but I don't think my gratitude can be stated enough.
Second, "what." is absolutely fantastic. You did a phenomenal job. Parts of it really made me stop and think about things, like when you said something along the lines of, "Have you considered that maybe God doesn't believe in you?" I found myself still contemplating that one 10 minutes later; I even had to pause the show for a bit. Major respect for being able to successfully mindfuck me for a bit.
PS - "You're incomparable, like a" is clever as fuck and it pisses me off because it's so witty, fuck you (with love)
iamboAMA109 karma2013-12-19 23:47:59 UTC
Thanks so much for this. Really sorry that this year has sucked so bad. Glad that my stuff could cheer you up -- a lot other comedy has gotten me through rough times too.
Broatchy72 karma2013-12-19 21:02:57 UTC
What made you want to stray away from the stereotypical comedy show and do your own style?
iamboAMA164 karma2013-12-19 23:31:05 UTC
It was sort of natural just because I always did theatre. Also I wasn't a great storyteller like a lot of other comedians. There's a lot of comedians outside the united states that use lights and sound and props to make a more "theatrical comedy." People like Bill Bailey and Sam Simmons. I just copy them and then come to america and pass it off as original :)
kylepierce1167 karma2013-12-19 21:07:48 UTC
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iamboAMA101 karma2013-12-20 00:52:00 UTC
I miss the low res days for sure.
Aumigo61 karma2013-12-19 23:35:51 UTC
Hi, Bo. Keep being funny. That is all. No question.
iamboAMA214 karma2013-12-19 23:54:13 UTC
No answer. wait, shit.
screwed12481658 karma2013-12-19 23:32:40 UTC
Is "Bo" short for something?
iamboAMA162 karma2013-12-19 23:56:22 UTC
mostcreativeusername50 karma2013-12-19 21:12:24 UTC
What's the craziest thing a fan has done to/for you?
And what was it like doing that charity show with Daniel Tosh? He's one of those people who I can't tell what they're like in real life.
iamboAMA126 karma2013-12-20 01:00:56 UTC
My fans don't tend to do that crazy stuff. I signed a prosthetic leg once.
And I was happy to find that Tosh is super nice. When my MTV show was cancelled he called me and told me how much he liked it. Very nice guy.
PenalAffliction49 karma2013-12-20 01:01:37 UTC
I actually enjoyed the lizard sketch.
iamboAMA91 karma2013-12-20 01:05:39 UTC
Thanks. I really wanted to cut it but my friends said it was their favorite part hahaha extremely stupid.
Datkidworm49 karma2013-12-19 21:03:54 UTC
Do you enjoy making your comedy challenging for the audience. Is it better to get a quick laugh, or wait for the audience to figure it out?
iamboAMA82 karma2013-12-20 00:17:29 UTC
I don't consciously try to make things difficult as much as I try to make them a little different. I like all kinds of laughs. I tried to make a show that elicit groans, guffaws, chuckles, boos.
LtGarePackage36 karma2013-12-19 21:46:26 UTC
Was there ever a joke that someone took such offense to you actually regret telling it?
iamboAMA83 karma2013-12-20 00:15:27 UTC
No but there are certain jokes that I am assume hurt certain people and I wish I hadn't said them.
JustaMerkinPerkin35 karma2013-12-19 21:04:09 UTC
Why did you want to do before you decided to be a comedian
iamboAMA105 karma2013-12-20 00:16:10 UTC
I thought I wanted to be a physicist in high school until I learned that there was much more math than philosophy in it. I assumed I would just sit around all day and think.
jzhang133 karma2013-12-19 21:03:48 UTC
Hey Bo, big fan and just finished watching what. Do you produce all the music in your shows and how extensively do you work with other musical artists? "Bo, oh my god" blew me away at the end.
iamboAMA65 karma2013-12-20 00:09:13 UTC
I produced all the tracks for "what." with this guy Steve Rossiter who has a little studio in his house in the Bronx. He was a huge help. He's amazing and cheap! www.axissound.com
AndyTheCat30 karma2013-12-19 23:38:55 UTC
Hey Bo, just wanted to say FUCK YOU. Your absolutely brilliant. Kept me in my car listening to the entire show.
iamboAMA200 karma2013-12-19 23:50:07 UTC
Thanks! It's a very visual show, so next time you're in the car, make sure to bring your laptop so you can get the full experience while you crash into a telephone pole.
_poon_slayer23 karma2013-12-19 21:00:37 UTC
Hey Bo! Been a fan since the early youtube days. Needless to say, I think you’re an absolute genius.
1. Do you consider yourself a musician first, or comedian?
Do you enjoy doing standup? Would you ever consider writing and performing an entire standup set?
Any advice for young, aspiring comedians?
Who are your comedic inspirations?
Do you feel your massive ego, combined with your ever expanding brain and enormous penis size, will make you feel the need to break out of comedy and be taken more seriously? Maybe in the porn industry?
iamboAMA10 karma2013-12-19 23:25:05 UTC
Thanks poon slayer! I definitely consider myself a comedian first.
askingboaquestion21 karma2013-12-19 23:39:44 UTC
Who does the voices of the "fans" from the final bit? The ones you mime a remix to and end the show on?
Loved the special!
iamboAMA47 karma2013-12-19 23:49:28 UTC
Me! All my voices. So glad you dug the special.
Krytom17 karma2013-12-19 23:39:45 UTC
Hi Bo! I enjoyed having you spit water over me at the beginning of your show at Edinburgh this year, and I loved watching it all over again on youtube.
Will we be catching you at the Edinburgh Fringe again next year?
iamboAMA24 karma2013-12-19 23:49:09 UTC
I'd love to go back to see shows, but I can almost guarantee that I won't have a new show ready by August (or probably the August after that). Thanks for coming! Hope you're dry now!
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