Egghead : Or, You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone
About the book
Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, mostly absurd collection of poetry and essays from rising comedy star Bo Burnham. Bo Burnham was a teenager living in his parents' attic in Massachusetts when he started posting funny songs to YouTube. They immediately turned heads with their wise satire that belied his very young age. His videos have now been viewed over 209 million times, and he has amassed a gigantic online following that excitedly await each new video. Bo is revered in all comedy circles for being a wholly original, highly intelligent young voice. Judd Apatow was an early champion of the young comedian, and Bo taped his first Comedy Central special at age 18, the youngest in history. His comedy/song albums were huge critical and commercial successes. Written in his very distinctive comedic voice, EGGHEAD: OR, YOU CAN'T SURVIVE ON IDEAS ALONE brings Bo's award-winning brand of brainy word play to the page in the form of off-kilter writings, thoughts, and poems. Collaborating with longtime friend, artist and illustrator Chance Bone, Bo writes about everything from painful breakups to bald barbers, in a collection that makes the reader laugh, but like his stand-up and music, also displays surprisingly mature insights. With one text piece and one original black & white illustration per page, this book will appeal to Bo's already established fans as well as those new to his genius.
Bo Burnham Biography
Robert Pickering "Bo" Burnham (born 1990) is an American comedian, musician, writer, actor, and director. His work often combines elements of musical, sketch, and stand-up comedy with filmmaking. His comedy special Inside (2021) and the coming-of-age film Eighth Grade (2018) have received critical acclaim. Burnham gained notability in the early 2010s for his satirical and subversive stand up and musical comedy, following early success on YouTube. He released four comedy albums between 2008 and 2013 on Comedy Central Records, produced three comedy specials—Words, Words, Words (2010), what. (2013), and Make Happy (2016)—and created the 2013 MTV mockumentary series Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous. He announced a career shift in 2016 and subsequently wrote and directed the critically acclaimed film Eighth Grade, released in 2018. As a filmmaker, he also directs live comedy specials. In 2020, he starred in the Academy Award-winning comedy thriller film Promising Young Woman. His fourth special, Inside, was released on Netflix in 2021 and received widespread acclaim; it was nominated in six categories at the 73rd Emmy Awards, winning three: Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, Outstanding Music Direction, and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special. Inside was also nominated for 2 awards at the 64th Grammy Awards for Best Music Film and Best Song Written for Visual Media, winning the latter. Three songs from the special ("Bezos I", "All Eyes on Me", and "Welcome to the Internet") appeared on the Billboard charts and were certified gold in the United States, as was the accompanying album, Inside (The Songs).
Early lifeRobert Pickering Burnham was born in 1990 in Hamilton, Massachusetts, the son of hospice nurse Patricia and construction company owner Scott Burnham. His mother's work was covered in a 2014 episode of This American Life, for which she was interviewed. He has an older sister named Samm and an older brother named Pete, both of whom work for the family's construction company.Burnham was raised Catholic and attended St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers, Massachusetts, where he received a free education due to his mother working as the school's nurse at the time. He graduated in 2008, having been on the honor roll and involved in theater and the campus ministry program. He was admitted to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts to study experimental theatre, but deferred his admission for a year to pursue a career in comedy and eventually never attended the university.
2006–2008: Beginnings on YouTubeBurnham began his career on YouTube in 2006, with his videos gaining over 600 million views as of June 2022.In December 2006, Burnham wanted to show two songs he had written to his older brother Pete, who had moved away to attend university in New York City. A friend suggested that he film himself performing the songs in his bedroom and post them on YouTube, which was then a relatively ne ... Read full biography
|Authors:||Bo Burnham Chance Bone|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Imprint:||Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )|
|Languages:||| English ||
|Illustrations:||illustrations (black and white)|
|Publication date:||Oct. 3, 2013|
|First Publication Date:||None|
|Publication City/Country:||London, United Kingdom|