Book Club: Egghead

Guest post by Jen Muller. 


I've never met anyone who doesn't enjoy Bo Burnham’s comedy. His brand of stand-up has its own unique format and is amazingly fresh when compared to other stand ups. So when he mentioned in his Netflix special “What” that he had a book coming out I was so excited, and I was so ecstatic to receive it as a gift over the holidays.

"Egghead or You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone" is a fantastic book of poetry. Each poem is paired with its own illustration and unique format, which is reminiscent of Shel Silverstien. His poetry is thought-provoking and hilarious.

My immediate recommendation is that this is a must-read. I will re-read this book on rainy days, on days when I’m sad, when I need to kill some time, or when I need a funny joke to tell. I am so glad that I have this book. 
I want to say a bit about the poetry in the book, because I think it deserves to be discussed as much as Bo Burnham does.

Each poem has its own unique twist, syntax, and narrative. As a reader it's impressive how Bo can tell you a story and give you a plot twist that has you in stitches all in just a couple lines or stanzas. The illustrations by Chance Bone are also a happy addition - they give each a poem a level of vividness that only makes the book more enjoyable.


  1. Oh this look like a good book
    Very interesting I need read this

  2. Can you believe I've never heard of this guy?! I need to youtube him right after this and educate myself. And this book sounds interesting- I'm super curious to see how he set these poems up. And I'm always quick to laugh so I'm sure I'll love this ;)

    xo marlen
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  3. Never heard of it before, but seems very pleasant, by the way you describe it :)

  4. I've never been one for poetry but I'm definitely intrigued! maybe i'll pick it up for some summer reading!


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