Brain Droppings

Brain Droppings

Front Cover
Author George Carlin
Language English
Genre Humor
Publisher Hyperion
Publication date
May 1, 1998
September 1, 2006 (Reprint)
Media type Hardcover
Pages 272
ISBN 978-0-7868-9112-2
OCLC 150351163
Preceded by Sometimes a Little Brain Damage Can Help
Followed by Napalm and Silly Putty

Brain Droppings is a 1997 book by comedian George Carlin. This was Carlin's "first real book" and contains much of Carlin's stand-up comedy material. According to the cover, the book contains "jokes, notions, doubts, opinions, questions, thoughts, beliefs, assertions, assumptions, and disturbing references" and "comedy, nonsense, satire, mockery, merriment, sarcasm, ridicule, silliness, bluster, and toxic alienation". For longtime Carlin fans, the book also contains complete versions of two of his most famous monologues, "A Place for My Stuff" and "Baseball and Football".

The hardcover edition was on the New York Times Bestseller List for 18 straight weeks. The following year, the paperback edition was published. It stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 20 weeks. Both editions were published by Hyperion.

As of January 2001, the book had sold over 750,000 total copies.

Writer and television commentator Mike Barnicle supposedly lifted material from the book, without accreditation, and presented it as his own. He denied having read the book, but footage of Barnicle praising the book and saying "There's a yuk on every page" turned up. Barnicle was suspended for the action.

In August 1998, Hyperion published a 1999 calendar containing quips and quotes from the book.

In May 2000, the book was published as an audiobook by HighBridge,[1] in both CD and cassette tape formats. The audiobook received a Grammy award, Carlin's third, in February 2001.

Differences in audiobook

Since there was a 3-year gap between the printed book and the audiobook, a few things were changed due to changes in both Carlin's personal life and in the world in general.


  1. "Brain Droppings." Publishers Weekly 247.23 (2000): 62. General OneFile (accessed 27 December 2009).
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