Bo Burnham visits The Straz in October

  • Musical youth: Bo Burnham brings his comedy to The Straz on Oct. 15.


Bo Burnham is a popular musical satirist whose layered wit creates a theatrical presentation on stage that goes far beyond stand-up comedy.

You might expect that from a seasoned vet with 25 years of stage experience. Burnham isn't even that old yet.

The comedian (who turns 25 in August) became the youngest person to record for Comedy Central Records way back when he was 18 with his debut Bo Fo Sho. And he's recorded and toured regularly ever since, including this year's Make Happy Tour, which comes to the Straz Center on Oct. 15.

On stage, Burnham's set resembles a one-man show, with music and rapping replacing the traditional mic-and-stage format of stand-up comedy for most of the show. The jokes are there, flying at a fast pace out of his creative mind. They're just often layered into stream of consciousness lyrics, some storytelling and a bit of regular stand-up. But at 24, Burnham's already gathered a following for offering creative musical numbers with plenty of societal references, controversial observations, and funny statements.

While the show is in October, tickets go on sale today at noon. So if you want the best seats, make your plans now.
Showtime is Thursday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. at The Straz Center (Ferguson Hall). Tickets go on sale July 24 at noon. $39.50. 1010 N. MacInnes Place in Tampa. Info: strazcenter.org or 813-229-7827.


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