Bo Burnham’s (not an) Egghead

A review for “Egghead, or You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone” by Bo Burnham

Jill DeGroot and lakecentralnews

You may know Bo Burnham as the singer/satire songwriter/actor/comedian who became an internet sensation as a young Youtuber in 2006. Since then he has gone on to do several comedy specials with Comedy Central starting at the age of 18.

With a highly-successful career at such a young age, it’s clear that Bo Burnham’s stand-up can stand on its own. But can his book “Egghead or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone” with its clever, off-kilter poems rise to the comedic challenge? The answer is yes. Bo Burnham’s “Egghead” will crack you up.

This book contains poetry that ranges from bawdy and satirical to serious and sweet, and the illustrations by Chance Bone add a Shel Silverstein-esque touch that will take you back to your imaginative childhood with half the innocence and twice the hilarity.

All jokes aside, Bo Burnham’s “Egghead” provides thought-provoking, and even emotional, poetry (but you’ll still find yourself teary-eyed, curled over, grabbing your ribs and wheezing for air), and when you can finally stop laughing long enough to speak, you’ll ask yourself, “Why did I just laugh at that?”

With “Egghead,” Bo Burnham has shown he is not the average one-trick-pony. In fact, he’s an all-singing, all-dancing, poetry-writing stallion that is setting the comedic world as we know it on fire with his wit , surprising sense of human nature and ability to reach people with something as simple as words.