Singing kid comic joins Apatow clan
EmptyBo Burnham is getting ready to sing for his supper. The songwriting comedian, who turned 18 in August, is in negotiations with Universal to write and create the music for a comedy that Judd Apatow will produce. Burnham also could star in the project.
The film is being described as a sort of anti-"High School Musical," though it is not a parody.
Burnham will co-write the script with Luke Liacos.
Burnham began recording his songs in his bedroom with a camera resting on a stack of books a couple of years ago, initially with the aim to put them on YouTube as way to keep in touch with his older brother, who left for college. He began gaining a following, with some songs going on to snag millions of hits on YouTube, Break.com, MySpace and CollegeHumor.com
Burnham, who recently graduated from an all-boys Catholic school in Danvers, Mass., solidified his comedic status with a standout performance at this summer's Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, where he hooked up with Apatow. Burnham, repped by Gersh and 3 Arts, recently signed a four-album deal with the record arm of Comedy Central and taped a special for the channel.
Apatow is in preproduction for an October start on Universal and Columbia's "Funny People," which sees him directing Seth Rogen, Adam Sandler, Jonah Hill and Eric Bana.(partialdiff)