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Egghead; or, You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  10,505 ratings  ·  907 reviews
A strange and charming collection of hilariously absurd poetry, writing, and illustration from one of today's most popular young comedians...

Bo Burnham was a precocious teenager living in his parents' attic when he started posting material on YouTube. 100 million people viewed those videos, turning Bo into an online sensation with a huge and dedicated following. Bo taped h
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Grand Central Publishing
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Ashley The book is just as funny as Bo Burnham is! They're poems that he's written, nothing about his life. Although I'd love to read an autobiography from h…moreThe book is just as funny as Bo Burnham is! They're poems that he's written, nothing about his life. Although I'd love to read an autobiography from him!(less)
Jodi Trott It's hard to pick a favorite so I'll say my favorites.

Flower Sex
Our Father
Fuck in the Woods
and finally...

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Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry

I've been eyeing this particular collection for awhile now and after having read it, I feel mad at myself for taking so long to pick it up. Egghead is nothing short of spectacular.

The basic premise is that it's a strange and charming collection of hilariously absurd poetry, writing, and illustration from one of today's most popular young comedians...

And as you might know by now, I love poetry books with illustrations... so this was it for me.

Here are a few (okay... a lot...) of my favori

On the third of June, at a minute past two,
where once was a person, a flower now grew.

Five daisies arranged on a large outdoor stage
in front of a ten-acre pasture of sage.

In a changing room, a lily poses.
At the DMV, rows of roses.

The world was much crueler an hour ago.
I’m glad someone decided to give flowers a go.

If you aren’t interested in poems as lovely as that one bracketed by d*ck jokes, I just don’t know what to tell you. Except that you and I are not cut from the same cloth.

This is
Whitney Atkinson
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am in love with Bo Burnham. His show "what." blows my mind every single time and his YouTube is absolutely genius. As a human being, I admire him so, so, so much, not just for his jokes, but for his painfully accurate social commentary. I've had my eye on this book for a long, long time and finally found it on bookoutlet (score!) and read it in one sitting. I gotta say, he gave away the best ones during his comedy show, and the rest weren't as good so I felt a little cheated. But regardless, " ...more
Clumsy Storyteller
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
This dude is really funny i loved this silly funny poems

If the poem you’re writing is silly and dumb,
make sure that it rhymes at the end. Bum.

this one is my favorite LOL

On Poets and Farts

Why do poets always talk about the ocean’s waves,
about their single file march to shore,
and yet never talk about my grandmother’s farts,
which arrive in time, one after the other, with equal regularity

Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: pure-poetry
My oldest son asked for this for his birthday. Anytime either kid asks for a book, I don't care if it's The Colossal Treasury of Porn, I'm probably going to buy the thing because I'm so thrilled that he's asking for a book. (See Naked Girls Smoking Weed: Best of 420 Girls.)

This book looks and feels like Where the Sidewalk Ends for grown-ups (or those who refuse to grow up.) Each page contains a poem accompanied by a drawing, though that's pretty much where the similarity ends. I got very few chu
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I like Bo Burnham but this was just awful.
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-2015
Amazing and Deep
But also lighthearted
Bo burnham's a genius
Even when he farted

Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014, five-stars

First read of 2014 and it was majestic. If you like Bo you won't be disappointed, start reading it now. If you don't know who he is and you're a fan of macabre art...probably leave it, but then lighten up, you miserable fuck you might like this book.
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Poets who don't know it
Recommended to Alan by: Olivia
I think that almost every line
of Egghead's like Shel Silverstein.

Or maybe I should say I mean
The drawings are like Silverstein.

But whether I say -stine or -steen,
I do think Burnham's pretty keen.

Though be advised that (just like Shel),
A lot of Egghead's raw as hell.
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am utterly and completely torn on how to review this, so I'm going to do something I don't typically do and form a pros and cons list.

• The pages are nice and thick. I don't know about anyone else, but that's just something I fancy.
• Some of the poetry is funny, and a piece of good, funny poetry can sometimes be hard to come by.
• Some of the pieces are thought-provoking and bring up very valid points about consumerism, relationships, and life in general. Honestly, when the poems are on po
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, adult
3.5 stars!

I've read books that are in verse (well maybe just one but yeah). They usually follow a plot line and the story unfolds and all BUT Egghead's different.

There isn't any story, each poem is something different. Sure there are use of vulgar words but they make each poem funnier. I would read the start of one poem and think it's romantic but I get to end of it and realize the whole thing was just a joke.

Bo Burnham's head from pointing out something we don't realize to just putting whate
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a fun read! A lot of the poetry was really silly and even some of the serious stuff had a silliness to it, which is sometimes good. It’s nice to laugh at things you normally take really seriously.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
My husband brought this home for me as a gift. I perused it like, "oh, poetry with illustrations" then came across a poem filled with "cu*t" and was like "Oh, adult poems!" and then I saw that Bo Burnham was the author and read the entire thing TO MY HUSBAND out loud then and there. Great book, especially for fans. Very mixed genres within. ...more
Stay Fetters
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Sure you're perfect, But are you cool?"

Everyone under the sun has recommended this book to me, well because I'm an asshole who just doesn't give a fuck.
I've seen Bo's youtube videos and hes one of the only people who understands comedy in this butt hurt century. They're dark and twisted with a sprinkle of wacky. This book is no different. Laughing from page one....
And a word of advice.... "Don't dance with your colon full!"
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Pre-Read: I've been a fan of Bo Burnhams for quite some time. His style of comedy speaks to me: intelligent, irreverent and sometimes just a bit profound. (And he can carry a mean tune!) Looking forward to seeing how his style translates to paper!
Post-Read: As good as I had hoped and expected. I may have to see if there's an audio version, as I think it would benefit even further from Burnham's distinctive voice/ presence.
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
quick read as it is a book of poetry. I do think the message in some would have been relayed better vocally, but that is how I feel about most poetry. I did mostly enjoy this compilation because I enjoy Bo Burnham, but I did enjoy the artist's drawings a lot as they fit the poems amazingly. ...more
Dec 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry
“Are you terrified, as I am,
of nothing?
Nothing scares me more
than nothing.
‘What’s going on?’ I ask, trembling.
Don’t you say it.
Don’t you dare.”

1.5 stars.

I really didn't like this. I love Bo Burnham, I think he's brilliant, and I added this book to my tbr after somehow both laughing and crying over his Make Happy (which I highly recommend giving a watch) but I just ... didn't like this. It was weird in a not good way. I'm sure this kind of humor is going to be enjoyed by s
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Bo, your comedy strikes me again.


This book is something to read on a rainy day and just laugh your ass off. It will even will tickle your soft spots.

If you aren't familiar with the author, you should be. Bo is one of the most intelligent and hilarious comedians of our time. Others like Kevin Hart don't even compare. You don't even have to appreciate poetry to enjoy this book.

Once I saw this in stores, I screamed internally out of joy.

It's not just a bunch of

babe ugh

It's comical genius.

This book
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
If it weren't for the fact that Bo Burnham wrote this, I probably would have never read it. I don’t read much poetry but this was great. This is such a witty and hilarious read and the drawings are great. Not only were most of his poems hilarious, some were adorable that would make you grin from ear to ear. Even if you're not a fan of poetry, I would recommend picking this book up.

One of my favorite poems from this book is
I love you just the way you are
but you don’t see you like I do.
You shou
Emma McArdle
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of those books that deserves a buy. With poems and jokes that can take up to 4 reads to fully understand, reading it multiple times is a must. Its pages aren't numbered so it hints to me to not needed to be read in order, especially not after the first time. find each time I read the book I have new favorite poem. I would also recommend his special "What." on youtube(free)or Netflix, it's hilarious and will introduce you to his comedy. Although even if you don't completely share his humor, I ...more
Ally Doerman
Dec 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult
I love Bo Burnham's music and stand up, but this book just didn't reach my expectations. It was not funny. It was, for lack of better words, stupid. Such a bummer. ...more
Jennifer Girard

Honestly I was expecting it to be funnier. Maybe I didn't get some of the poems? I don't know... I laughed a few times but not like I was expecting.
Lex Javier
Feb 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
One good poem in a whole book.

"I love you just the way you are
but you don't see you like I do.
You shouldn't try so hard to be perfect.
Trust me, perfect should try to be you."

The rest are poems that tend to be written by navel-gazing, self-indulgent types.
This book is so funny. From truths pointed out, to so many original ideas executed perfectly, I loved every bit of it. I even sat down and watched Bo Burnham's one-man-shows. He is hilarious, in this book of poetry too. ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-buy, favorites
Mr. Woodmansee, you don't want to read this one.

Great compilation. There are a few poems that aren't very good, but overall the poems by Bo Burnham are everything I expect from him.

My all-time favorite is one about reading:


Read this to yourself. Read it silently.
Don't move your lips. Don't make a sound.
Listen to yourself. Listen without hearing anything.
What a wonderfully weird thing, huh?

Now, hear a whisper. A tiny whispe
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
I feel. very 'eh' about this collection. I bought it, of course, as a fan of Bo's, but I don't know what exactly I was expecting. Whatever it was, this wasn't it. Egghead is, in a way, very similar to Bo's stand-up routines, which I don't particularly like most about his acts. I mean, I won't rate it two stars because I don't feel disappointed, I just feel like the poems are something I'll forget about five minutes from now. I did bookmark a few of my favourites- six, in fact- but the remainder ...more
Erica Robyn Metcalf
When I'm asked who my favorite comedian is, Bo Burnham is the one that comes to mind immediately. I love his his songs, his comedy shows, and now- his poetry! I loved that I could read these poems in Bo's voice. A few I remembered from some of his stand up shows. Unfortunately, a few of the poems I just didn't understand. But I loved most of them!

These poems are a lovely mix- funny, thought-provoking, sad, political, raw, heartwarming, dark... I loved how Bo's writing can draw you right in, but
Jul 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I was expecting a lot of silly Shel-Silverstein-like jokes laced with profanity, and this did not disappoint. But even better: there were random ones that were THOUGHTFUL and lovely and Bo, you dog, you. It was a quick read, which was something that I needed to get me out of a reading slump I'd been collapsed in, and this book of short poems was the perfect refresher for me. ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is reminds me a lot of the work of Shel Silverstein’s poetry, but with adults as the intended audience. Even the artwork reminds me of “Where the Sidewalk Ends”. This book is funny and at times crude. Overall a fun read.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
A couple were very poignant, others quite funny, but most of the poems were just - as you'd perhaps expect - weirdness and fuckery. Several ones deeply disturbing, even? So yeah, mixed feelings. The illustrations definitely have added value though, so it's a good colab. ...more
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Robert Pickering "Bo" Burnham (born August 21, 1990) is an American comedian, singer-songwriter, musician, actor, and Internet celebrity.

Writing comedic and satirical songs with a politically incorrect slant, he achieved fame when his YouTube videos took off and received more than 70 million views by October 2010.

"Egghead: Or, You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone" is his first book.

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“I love you just the way you are
but you don't see you like I do.
You shouldn't try so hard to be perfect.
Trust me, perfect should try to be you.”
“Well, man, you know what they say."
No, I don't. I don't know what they say.
I don't even know who they are.
Who is this they?
They seem pretty smug.
They seem to think they know shit.
Fuck them.”
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