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2010.01.06 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Comedian, Musician Bo Burnham to Perform Feb. 5 at Omaha Music Hall

Omaha - Comedian and musician Bo Burnham will appear live in Omaha Friday, Feb. 5 at the Omaha Music Hall, 1804 Capitol Ave., to perform his "Fake ID" tour. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.

The show was previously scheduled for Dec. 9, but was cancelled due to weather. Tickets purchased for the Dec. 9 show will be honored at the door.

University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) student tickets may be purchased in the Business Office on the second floor of the Milo Bail Student Center for $7. General public tickets may be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets for $20.

Burnham is a 19-year-old comedian, singer-songwriter, musician and Internet celebrity. Writing comedic and satirical songs with a politically incorrect slant, his YouTube videos have received more than 52.2 million views as of October 2009.

His first EP—Bo Fo Sho—was released in 2008 by Comedy Central Records, and his first full-length self titled album was released by the same label earlier this year.

As detailed by Burnham himself, 2006 was the beginning of what would become his musical comedy career. Rehearsing a play at his high school that summer, Burnham began writing songs about teenage angst and debuting them to his fellow high school thespians. He then videotaped himself performing two songs and posted them to YouTube in 2006, so that his older brother Pete could watch them from college.

While response to his videos on YouTube ("My Whole Family...” and "My 'little' secret...") was initially unexceptional, when they were copied to Break.com they became an overnight sensation, with traffic to his videos multiplying over 111 times.

Compared to Ben Folds, Eminem and Andrew Dice Clay, Burnham's music and performances tackle such taboo subjects as race, gender, human sexuality and sex. Burnham has performed his music in the United States, including Cobb's Comedy Club, YouTube Live in San Francisco, Carolines Comedy Club in New York City, and internationally in London and Montreal. Burnham describes his on-stage persona as a "more arrogant, stuck-up version [of] himself."

The performance is sponsored by Maverick Productions, a student-funded and student-managed organization that brings campus wide entertainment to UNO students. For more information contact Zoe Verboon: zverboon@unomaha.edu or (402) 980-8104.

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