Ranging from his absurdist side (Message from a Cockroach; TV News: The Death of Humpty Dumpty; Tips for Serial Killers) to his unerring ear for American speech (Politician Talk; Societal Cliches; 13 Sections of Euphemisms) to his unsparing views on America and its values (War, God, Stuff Like That; Zero Tolerance; Tired of the Handi-crap), Carlin's legendary irreverence and iconoclasm are on full display as he vainly scours the American landscape for signs of intelligence.
He also has a silly side:
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"There's no better way to enjoy one of Carlin's books than to hear him read it himself....Carlin has his comic timing down pat. His energetic reading is punctuated by conversational bits and enhanced by his deft vocal variation, making listeners feel as if they've got a front-row seat at one of his comedy shows." (Publishers Weekly)
This book contains a few of Carlin's known bits used mainly in the late 90's and 00's HBO concerts, but it also contains a plethora of previously "unperformed" material. The fact that Carlin reads this himself is important as he adds his own personal flare to his material. There are some pieces which left me with sore sides from the laughter.
Carlin's command and use (or usage) of the English language is sublime. Indeed, there are numerous related pieces about euphemisms, going for more in-depth than any of his concert material had ever done. His clever wit and repartee is released and unbounded in this performance.
If you disapprove of profanity, than Carlin is not an artist you would appreciate, as he sometimes uses profanity the way Van Gogh used bush, paint, and canvas. And, I imagine some of this is "B material" as it didn't make the cut for his stand up concerts. Or perhaps he didn't have enough time to perform these bits, as there is probably six hours of previously unperformed material.
If you are a Carlin fan, you'll want to get this performance. Jesus/Pork Chops is an important capstone to his lengthy, prolific and influential career. Though not his last recording or performance, it certainly contains hours of previously unreleased material, that is mostly of as high a quality as the material from his albums and HBO concerts.
Fortunately Mr. Carlin is not running for President, as his perspective is way out of the "mainstream". His cynacism and his almost God-less agnosticism combined with a carefully delivered, gratuitous raunch, can be a challenge to the most open minded of God fearing folks. However, brandishing a super-sharp intellect, and a subtle but real concern for the well being of humanity, George presents insightful alternative points of view, the consideration of which is immensely rewarded with continuous, uncontrolled bouts of liberating laughter.
Anyone who comes expecting George Carlin to be anyone but himself is lost. His fans will enjoy this, as did I.
I love George Carlin for being so raunchy, so gross, and so much fun, but some moments, when he gets into really graphic detail about snot or scabs, I got a little queasy. Don't listen if you just ate, otherwise, enjoy. It's really funny.
I've loved George Carlin. And I identify with many of his views on life. But his latest book is missing the most important ingredient of the ones I've loved in the past; humor. This book (and I confess I could not finish it) is just not funny. I wanted it to be. I expected it to be. It wasn't.
I listened beyond my normal tolerance hoping for a major turn, but after I had dutifully hung on for nearly 75%, I put myself out of my misery and turned my iPod back to something funnier; the presidential debates.
I think George Carlin has some wonderful insights in this book.
What can I say, it's George.
His delivery! Audio all the way.
No. Well, because he's dead. R.I.P. I think he'd appreciate that sentiment. No, really... I wish he was still around, but I do feel he left a great legacy that has influenced some of our great comedians today.
Sometimes the truth is best served with humor!
Yes, much better. Hearing George Carlin's words with his voice made the book funnier.
Bossypants by Tina Fey. I think comedy books read by the author is similar to listening to a comedy album.
I can't really remember.
I definitely laughed a lot.
This is an extremely entertaining performance--epic George Carlin. Funny, challenging, and good for the non-existent soul.
Any of Bill Maher's
They are all wonderul, but this fits my religious views.
Laughed and cryed -- for joy.
For those who don't agree with George or me, it's still funny. Always good to challenge your views.
No, he said it all the first read.
George, of course.
Yes. It's as entertaining and thought provoking as all of his work is.
Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)
I would and I have. I just love George Carlins view on everything.
Yes and no. If my friends were religious, they may take offense.
No I have not, just his stand up comedy on TV and that is very similar
No, I just like to listen when I need a laugh.
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