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A biography of the life and times of george carlin

In his mind, only "pinheaded criminal business [leaders] and politicians" wrote autobiographies. The word he settled on to describe "Last Words" was "sortabiography. But this description has it exactly backward.

  • At the time, he was a comedian of some renown, but for repeated attempts at career suicide as much as anything else;
  • At the time, he was a comedian of some renown, but for repeated attempts at career suicide as much as anything else;
  • Two years later, Carlin struck out on his own;
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Yes, his albums were sold in record stores under the comedy heading, but what "Last Words" ultimately reveals is how Carlin became a political protester, slam poet, cynic, polemicist and performance artist whose messages were delivered under the veneer of humor. Although Carlin made more than 20 albums, 14 HBO specials and more than a hundred appearances on "The Tonight Show," wrote three best-selling books and provided the catalyzing case for a major Supreme Court decision, he tells us that his true dream was to perform a one-man show on Broadway.

That this dream was never fulfilled suffuses a powerful, personal, introspective story with real poignancy. But, of course, that's not why you pick up a book by George Carlin.

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You want to hear about the seven words you can't or couldn't say on television. If you're of a certain age, you want to understand how Al Sleet, the Hippy-Dippy weatherman, was born. If you were to guess that it was during a marijuana-induced haze, you'd pretty much nail it.

Challenges Audience

You want to hear -- one last time -- the "brain droppings" of a man who found the line between what was sacred and what could be profaned by repeatedly stepping over it. And in this, from the very beginning, he doesn't disappoint. The book begins with a funny and graphic description of his own conception, near-termination and ultimate birth.

But then something slightly unexpected happens.

A biography of the life and times of george carlin

He spends the first third of the book telling a beautiful, powerful story of growing up Irish in Harlem, the product of a "lace curtain Irish" mother, who wanted nothing more than for her son to be successful and refined, and an abusive "shanty" Irish father.

We see his mother indoctrinate him with a love of words and the streets indoctrinate him with the voices and personalities that came to populate his later work.

  • Denver Post, January 24, 1996;
  • But the first thing they do when they come out here to Hollywood is start doing these crappy formula studio movies;
  • Therefore I have no stake in the outcome.

We see him become the class clown. But we also see something else, and it's best described by a trip he takes to Times Square where the Army recruiting office had a display of military hardware -- including a 500-pound bomb called "The Blockbuster.

As for the macro world material, one of the joys of the book is watching it develop over time, harden after the election of Ronald Reagan and then ultimately find its outlet in the outraged persona most of us identify with Carlin.

Eyes The Big Screen

You even find yourself enjoying them. In 1970, Carlin's mother wrote him a letter. At the time, he was a comedian of some renown, but for repeated attempts at career suicide as much as anything else.

  1. Therefore I have no stake in the outcome. Several years and radio stations later, Carlin joined up with newsman Jack Burns and developed a successful nightclub act that toured top stages around the country and earned a spot on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar.
  2. Please try again an experience of sorrow in the passing of my grandfather later.
  3. Circumstances forced me to stay with it longer, and I discovered that I had something more to offer, and something else to do with myself.

You seem to have their kind of disturbance. Some day you will release what you have down inside of you and it will be listened to and heard. In "Last Words," it's nice to hear him one final time. Nussbaum is a partner in the speechwriting firm West Wing Writers and a co-founder of the Humor Cabinet, a humor-writing firm.

  1. Even Carlin's promotional literature admits.
  2. Even Carlin's promotional literature admits. And in this, from the very beginning, he doesn't disappoint.
  3. The book begins with a funny and graphic description of his own conception, near-termination and ultimate birth. But we also see something else, and it's best described by a trip he takes to Times Square where the Army recruiting office had a display of military hardware -- including a 500-pound bomb called "The Blockbuster.
  4. So there's this tension, and that creates a kind of anger that is easy to theatricalize. He emerged from his brief period of professional unrest with a new appetite for scathing commentary, for "testing the limits," as Zoglin of Time wrote, "challenging his audience, shouting from the depths of his social-activist soul.