The favors of the web, which reward outrage, excess, and affection, are the villains of this show. In a delightful homage to “Cabaret,” Burnham, wearing sunglasses, plays the MC of the Internet, greeting everyone with an extensive menu of options while the disco lights spin. It’s a lyrical song with a shot that speeds up to its beat. As usual, Burnham’s sequence of scenes goes against the meaning of a song, like when he breaks a glamorous split-screen to complement a comic song about FaceTiming with his mother.
“Inside” is a comic work with artistic tools that most of his peers ignore or ignore. Not only has he expanded his musical range – his stylistic variation includes bebop, synth-pop and peppy tunes – Burnham, who has previously published a book of poetry, has become meticulous and bright. created with his visual vocabulary as well as his language.
Some of the show’s stories can get overheated, playing into clichés about the brooding artist’s process, but Burnham foresaw this and other criticisms, and incorporated them into the specials. particularly, including the idea that drawing attention to potential flaws will correct them. “Self-awareness is not helping anyone with anything,” he said.
Yes, but it can deepen and unravel the art. “Inside” is a complex work that, for all its boundaries, is ultimately a mental comedy about the stance of psychopaths, self-loathing. Burnham sees himself as a virtuous ally with a white savior complex, a bully and an egotist, who draws a Venn diagram and positions himself in the overlap between Weird Al and Malcolm X. His special is an indictment of the internet by an artist whose career was born and flourished there as an ultimate joke.
Burnham is still tinkering with the techniques behind the scenes – handling the lighting, editing, rehearsing the lines. He was bedridden, increasingly unshaven, growing a beard like Rasputin. The aesthetic telegraph shows authenticity and vulnerability, but the stunning final shots of the particular one show the wrong direction in work, encouraging skepticism about the owner’s ability to function. that realism.
In the end, he appeared completely naked behind his keyboard. It’s an image of a man revealing himself, until you realize he’s in the spotlight.