A genuine prodigy you'll actually want to watch perform
Having grown up nurtured by the work of the late, great George Carlin (whom he name checks in one song), Burnham's act is incredible wordy and intelligent, while also incredibly filthy. While his most famous bits come in the form of white-boy rap (a genre he has completely mastered, sounding like a hyper-literate Eminem) it's mainly because it allows him to display his amazing command of wordplay in a hugely memorable way. Each song contains tons of jokes you won't catch until your third viewing, because they blow right past you at lightspeed, but at the same time, they are incredibly catchy, putting him in fine company with Stephen Lynch as musicians/comics instead of comic musicians.
I don't know if there's a comic out there who you could compare Burnham to, as his act is unique, blending music, stand-up and monologues into something close to a one-man show mixed with a concert. The scary thing is whether he's singing and playing piano, performing a perverted Shakespearean soliloquy, delivering stream of consciousness jokes or just interacting with the crowd, he displays the utterly smooth delivery and confidence of a 20-year stage veteran, rather than the 20-year-old he is. The contrast is aided by the fact that he looks and acts like such an innocent high-school surfer dude, reminding one of a bit of Nick Swardson, only with a touch of Ben Folds' musical talent and Eddie Izzard's educated wit.
Though the level of his vocabulary and the references in his act make him out to be far more mature than his age would suggest, there's no doubt there's still the heart of a guy in his early 20s in his chest, evident in the frequently sexual or politically incorrect nature of many of his jokes. I have no issue with such material, but with the way Burnham kept going back to it, it felt too easy for him, especially when compared to the rest of his act. For instance, there were several Nazi jokes, which came off as a bit hacky when followed by stuff like his theoretical dick jokes. Someone who can come up with a line like "a titty Venn diagram" doesn't need to go to the gay or Down's Syndrome well so often.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is just as you'd want a stand-up DVD to sound, keeping Burnham in the center channel, while the music and crowd take up residence in the side and rear speakers, putting you in the room. Everything is clean and clear, without any distortion.
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