But this book, without the context of him live with an audience is an affront. He comes across as a cranky, foul-mouthed man totally unhappy with the world. I couldn't listen to it all. I actually found it strangely upsetting. Go figure.
George Carlin is precise in his style of comedy, but lays broadsides to the modern world. He brings to light technicalities of turns of phrase that people tend to accept & questions why. A short answer would be that most people are either lazy or idiots, conditions that can be avoided with work. But not to blindly work for "The Man" either. But to be conscious of what you want to do & doing it because you want to want to do it, not because you were told.
A place for your stuff & the "George Carlin Book Club" are two of my favorite bits & are included in the recording. I appreciate the way Carlin follows the logic of reality until it becomes absurdity.
I laughed a lot, but I really couldn't share this with anyone that I cared about. If he could tell his stories with only 1/4 of the shockingly obscene language, he would be legendary. I thought he was hilarious 30 years ago, but after having children, a career, and becomeing more worldly, it's hard to listen to.
I would limit his definitions and interpretation monolog.
I'm going to erase this book from my library, too embarrassing.
Not funny. So negative and insulting I could not get past the first chapter. I must have expected the television version of George Carlin.
I used to enjoy George Carlin's humor...after listening to this book, I'm kind of turned off by him. There was a lot of old man ranting, I don't need to pay to listen to that, I can hear that at home for free! There were some funny parts, but they were far and few between. I'm just glad I bought the book on sale.
Yes, it's mostly funny and a relaxing way to have a few laughs.
There was no story - it was a collection of routines and thoughts.
I've listened to him before. Somehow this just didn't seem as funny as previous works.
No. Many of the routines were questions on words and their use. His hatred for religion, politics and golf were made quite clear.
Did you ever notice that a lot of people are not nearly as clever as they think they are.
I have heard it said that most comedians aren't nearly as nice in person as their persona on stage would have you believe. I think George Carlin would certainly be an example of this.
I think Carlin ran out of material about 30 years before his death and as he got older he just got more and more bitter. Except for the repeat of old material, this is just one long boring rant about how he hates the South, he hates Texas, he hates the midwest, he hates California, he hates America, he hates corporations, he hates people who wear clothes with logos on them and seemingly enough to want them dead. Oh, and lest I forget, he hates Humanity and will be glad when we finally go into extinction. The only thing he seemed to like was New York City.
Ugly comments, explanations about why he doesn't vote and bizarre political opinions. I think a lot of those political opinions were helped along by an over indulgence in recreational drugs.
To wrap up an overlong review, I will say that possibly a real George Carlin fanatic could enjoy this listen. The rest of us should leave it alone. I will also say that I was a fan of the George Carlin that I viewed on Saturday Night Live in the 70's but not the bitter, sour, hateful old man he became before his death.