September 25, 2008 / 5:44 AM / 9 years ago

Singing teen comic joins Apatow's moviemaking clan

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Bo 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 feature.

Judd Apatow (“Pineapple Express,” “Knocked Up”) will produce the movie, and Burnham might also star in it.

The film is being described as a sort of anti-“High School Musical,” but it is not a parody.

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 a way to keep in touch with his older brother, who had left for college. He gained a following, with some songs going on to snag millions of hits on YouTube, Break.com, MySpace and CollegeHumor.com.

Burnham, who just graduated from an all-boys Catholic school in Danvers, Massachusetts, solidified his comedic status with a standout performance at this summer’s Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, where he met Apatow. Burnham recently signed a four-album deal with the record arm of Comedy Central and taped a special for the channel.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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