Napalm and Silly Putty
Aw, f*ck it. Read his goddamn book and laugh, you m*therf*ckers. He was a dirty, foul-mouthed son of a bitch, but he said what he thought and n...more
While George Carlin is eminently funny, I noticed the same problem with this book as I did with Stephen Colbert's book. That is, comedians who make their success by playing off a live audience do not translate well to the static written word. The whole point of a comedy routine is to interact with others, soliciting reactions and feeding off of them. Listening to Carlin read his book was the sam...more
This bathroom friendly book was great for short spurts as I read other, denser things when I had my little time. This book should be finished in a day if you are reading it normal but, if at four or five pages at a time, it is still worthy and fun as it represents years or decades of short takes Carlin has presented before in concert.
That said, it is the perfect book when getting INT...more
Standup comic George Carlin follows up his dark-horse smash bestseller __ with another compendium of cranky meditations, cinching his reputation as the Andy Rooney of boomer hepcats. "Road rage, air rage," Carlin rails. "Why should I be forced to divide my rage into separate categories? To me, it's just one big, all-around, everyday rage. I don't have time for fine distinctions." Carlin is not into the lengthy essay--he's a sprinter of the mind. Most sentences in the book coul...more
Now that aside, I love reading his stuff...just like I indicated in my review for "When Will Jesus Bring the Porkshops." I say that his written word pales in comparison to his spo...more
I had the unimaginable luck of having friends with good taste who owned this book so I didn't have to run around town searching the libraries for it (I live in Romania and we have pretty crappy libraries).
I absolutely loved it! It was cut out of the same material as When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? so I had as much fun reading this as I did the other one.
The #1 New York Times bestseller with more than 450,000 copies in print offers up a hilarious and "entertaining" [Chicago Sun-Times] collection of razor-sharp observations. Spending more than 15 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in hardcover, George Carlin, the thinking person's comic, has made it very clear how successful he is at the transition from stage to page. In Napalm & Silly Putty, Carlin's characteristically ironic and hilarious take on l...more
I laughed exactly twice while reading this book. And I don’t think I giggled, snickered, or chuckled even once. I might have smirked a couple of times, but mostly I was not amused.
I’m pretty sure some of these same pieces were in When Will Jesus Bring the Porkchops?, which I skimmed through pretty thoroughly again recently. If I’m right, I think that’s cheating. No one should put the same schtick in more than one book. I know certain authors of fiction...more
George Carlin was (is) my favorite comedian. When this book came out, I had read "Brain Droppings," his first book, half a dozen times or more. I knew it very well. I eagerly awaited Carlin's second book; I bought it as soon as it came out. I set down and started reading, intending to read it all the way through.
Something stopped me: Carlin had lifted an entire passage from his first book! I knew "Brain Droppings" so well, there was no doubt in my mind...more
A few other observations:
* I enjoy his rants about poor writing and language use. His bit about airplanes is particularly funny. “Boarding process” — how is it a process?
* This book was clearly created before 2001, as it ha...more
Narrator: George Carlin
Publisher: HighBridge Audio, 2001
Length: 2 hours and 29 min.
Audie Award Winner, Humor, 2002
Grammy Winner, Best Spoken Word Comedy Album, 2001
The thinking person's comic offers a hilarious new collection of razor-sharp observations in these unabridged excerpts. Carlin dives right in, asking tough questions and sharing philosophical musings:
If people climb Mount Everest because it's hard to do, why do they go up the easy side?
while carlin is brilliant on stage, his words loose the edge when presented in this format.
i read bill hicks' 'love all the people' recently, and while carlin is arguably more entertaining than hicks on stage, his words are not as profound and stimulating when they lack his stage persona and charm.
his classic rants about government and religion...more
I mean, some of his stuff, I do find truly hilarious. Then some of it I find unnecessarily gross, rude, or otherwise unpleasant. I guess the good outweighs the bad, but there's still quite a bit of bad.
Anyway, this one wasn't terrible. I didn't enjoy it as much as When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, but I didn't hate it. I wonder how different it would have been had he written it a year later. It was published in 2001, and he made quite a l...more
Carlin was especially noted for his political and black humor and his observations on language, psychology, and religion along with many taboo subjects. Carlin and his "Seven Dirty Words" comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which...more