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"You have to be brave to be this hilarious, and this sweetly romantic. And of course, a lot of talent helps. Egghead is a remarkable piece of writing!" --Jack Handey, author of The Stench of Honolulu and the Deep Thoughts series

"Like Walt Whitman, Bo Burnham has made the transition from an internet comedy sensation to a soulful poet. No, not that Walt Whitman. A different guy." --Conan O'Brien

"I would love Bo Burnham's hilarious book even if he weren't my son." --Judd Apatow

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Bo Burnham is a comedian, songwriter and actor. Comedy Central Records released his first full-length self-titled album in 2009, Words Words Words in 2010, and his album entitled what. in 2013. The MTV series Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous, a mockumentary which Bo created, wrote, directed, and starred in, premiered in May 2013.
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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 9/15/13 edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455519146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455519149
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful By lk90 on October 16, 2013
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I never write reviews for products, so this is a first but I felt some weird sort of obligation to do this. I've been admiring Bo Burnham's work for a few months now, so I'm not a super dedicated, long term fan by any means. I found a few of his standup videos a couple months ago and was so impressed by the depth of his comedy and even more so by the fact that he's in his early 20s. I find that people give him grief for being young and for coming from the internet but if you actually listen to his comedy, you can tell that it's very well thought out and that he's a very smart person, well beyond his years. So I bought the book, expecting it to be hilarious and well thought out, and thats exactly what it is. What impresses me the most is the variation that exists between the poems, not all of them are going to make you laugh. Some of them are pretty deep, and deal with serious issues and what I love is that he doesn't try to make you laugh every second you are reading it. He reaches this amazing level of introspection that is so palpable and relatable (at least for me) that blows my mind. That being said, you will laugh when you read this book. There are plenty of poems that had me doubled over in intense laughter. Bo's very talented and very dedicated, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next, whatever it is I trust it will be spectacular. So basically, buy the book (it's good).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By shannonkeil on October 19, 2013
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I absolutely love this book. I'd like to think that my personal bias for Bo Burnham (following and adoring his comedy since the youtube days) doesn't have anything to do with my recommendation for anyone and everyone to get a hold of a copy of this book.

The balance between silly, laugh-out-loud funny, disturbing, and good poetry is astonishing. Even some of the disturbing or silly poetry contains excellent use of literary devices such as alliteration, rhyming, irony, satire, etc.

I think it is inevitable that a comparison between "Egghead" and Shell Silverstein books will be drawn. Whether you think Silverstein is better because he is a true poet and not a comedian with a poetry book or not, it can't be denied that there is an uncanny resemblance between the two. The works have many similar qualities (writing style and illustration) and are both excellent works of poetry. However, what's special about Bo's book is that it's dirtier and more appropriate for an older age. The description in the information is really very true, "...book that will make you think, laugh and think, 'why did I just laugh?'"

And lastly, the illustration puts the book over the top for me. Each drawing is so detailed and well done, and really adds something to the book. I have very high praise for Chance Bone. And of course for Bo, for once again being so incredibly talented.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dakota on December 15, 2013
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Its a pretty good book. There are serious poems, funny poems and some are just flat out stupid but its a nice combination.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Einstein on October 4, 2013
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...and thoughtful youths... who can handle a "dirty" word or ten... or fifty. Ahem. Yes, I know I abuse ellipses. Anyway, getting right to it, I really love this book (so far). It reminds me so much of those Shel Silverstein books I used to read as a kid. I preordered this book and just got it today. I'm only halfway through but gosh, even if the rest of the book is somehow awful, the former half will more than compensate. Seriously though, if the latter half is trash (or somehow significantly more amazing), I will come back and edit this review.

The book is just so funny and fun and sometimes even deep and thoughtful and poignant, like the poem about the Stutterer. Mr. Burnham has a real way with, understanding of, and (ostensibly anyway) passion for, English words. He's basically a wordsmith and a damned funny one too. I'm so glad that, even though it isn't always free, he's willing to share his brain-gems with the world via multiple mediums. 4 not 5 stars because I wish there were some short narratives included... but maybe it's not fair to deduct a star just because the book isn't EXACTLY what I imagined... and maybe it is! 4 stars is very good! I would highly recommend this book and in fact am getting one for my younger brother who is a new freshman in college and finding himself endlessly bored these days.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Not so easily entertained on October 6, 2013
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Very entertaining, just what I expected when I purchased it
I recommend it to anybody looking for a laugh.I just wish it was longer but oh well
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allison Pheasant on October 4, 2013
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When I heard Bo Burnham was writing a poetry book, I knew it wouldn't be an average read. His witty criticism and hilarious cynicism uplift your mind from any other kind... of book.I am extremely glad that I decided to pre-order this spectacular set of poems.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Myndi Wexler on December 24, 2013
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After reading one too many collections of pretentious poetry, Egghead was a welcome relief. A wonderful satirical jab at the world of poetry that often tries too hard to be impressive. With gems like "You're incomparable like a... Shit. Like a..." Burnham can entertain poetry fans and foes alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tovah on February 14, 2014
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Bo Burnham is an intellectually stimulating and comedic writer. I believe, to some extent, he underestimates just how alluring and hilarious his words, within each poem, really are. I enjoyed the weirdness and creativity the most. There is a lot of satisfying truths behind this text too... He is simply an inspiration to all future writers because of his daring approach to description and his ability to think outside the square. I would love to met him, if given the chance, being a writer and performer myself. You are welcome here to New Zealand, Bo Burnham. Tovah Reed.
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