I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.

Famous quote by Tom Waits during an interview on the talk show America2night (May 25, 1978). This show was a continuation of the Fernwood2night talkshows starring Martin Mull and Fred Willard as hosts.

Most likely, the quote is originally by the comedian W. C. Fields. The America2night broadcast was a talkshow with scripted questions and answers, and Tom Waits has never used the quote on any other registered occasion.


"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy" was not originated by Tom Waits or WC Fields. It was first said by American poet (and member of the Algonquin Wits) Dorothy Parker.

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