Comedian Bo Burnham is only 25, and he’s already been internet famous for nearly a decade. That kind of early success is what young artists yearn for. However, when Burnham appeared on Conan O’Brien’s show Tuesday night, he had some unusual advice for those youth: “Give up.”
“The system is rigged against you,” Burnham said. “Your hard work and talent will not pay off.”
“That’s it — goodnight everybody!” O’Brien joked.
Burnham quickly clarified that he’s been so uniquely lucky in his career, it would be facetious for him to offer any kind of universal advice.
“I would say don’t take advice from people like me who have gotten very lucky,” Burnham said. “We’re very biased. You know, like Taylor Swift telling you to follow your dreams is like a lottery winner telling you, ‘Liquidize your assets, buy Powerball tickets, it works!’”
O’Brien agreed, in his own way, saying that he thinks successful people often downplay the role of luck in their accomplishments.
“And we’re tall white guys! We overcame nothing to be here,” Burnham said. “There was nothing standing in our way and we barely got here. You have no chance… There’s gonna be little children singing later and they have the light of God in their eyes and they should be happy, but once you have a debit card, give up.”
Watch the clip below.