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Napalm and Silly Putty

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  11,571 ratings  ·  260 reviews
He's the inventor of Past-Tense TV (featuring "Got Smart," "Father Knew Best," and "It Was Left to Beaver"); the tireless crusader for such charities as the Center for Research into the Heebie Jeebies, Children of Parents with Bad Teeth, and the State Hospital for Those Who Felt All Right About a Year Ago; founder of the George Carlin Book Club (top titles: "How to Act Lai ...more
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Published October 22nd 2002 by HighBridge Company (first published January 1st 2001)
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Chris
In honor of Carlin's unfortunate passing from this world to the next, I thought that I would spend some time involved in personal reflection and active remembrance by perusing one of his humor encapsulation modules. it's full of brief comedic text-forms and small humorous thought units which will undoubtedly bring a day's diversion to anyone who... who...

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
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Steve
I knew what I was getting when I started this book -- one of the many books written by the late George Carlin. I expected the rants, the obscenities, the criticism and the insight of this comedic icon of the latter 20th century. You had his typical Carlin comments about government, politics, sex, drugs, music, sports, religion -- typical in that in the anti-establishment world of George Carlin, no subject was immune to his thinking and he made you think about the day-to-day events impacting thes ...more
Katie
I needed something to cleanse my palate after two novels set during the Holocaust. This did the trick.

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
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William Johnson
I'm a latecomer to Carlin but, like most great artists, sometimes you don't appreciate something until it is gone.

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
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Michael Benavidez
warning: this review IS biased. I will admit that outright. I love Carlin. I love his comedy, his outlook on humanity. Cruel, hateful, but funny and honest, and always on a slight positive side no matter how dark.

So this books is a rambling. this book is random, scribbles, smart points mixed with eh points. They are funny. Hilarious. only, not all of them. Some. Most.
The sad thing is, having read this after his death, and seen most of his stand-up. A lot of these jokes are in the stand-up so t
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Abbe
Amazon.com Review

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

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C.C. Thomas
While I have watched and listened to the great comic, I've never actually read one of his books before. Shame on me! I absolutely laughed my butt off (not literally or this book could also go in the self-help section **okay I tried some humor in memoriam). This book is laugh-out-loud, hold-your-side kind of funny. There were so many times I simply handed the book to the person next to me and said, "You have to read this! Now! Stop what you're doing and read it now so I can turn the page and keep ...more
Bryan Wood
I've often thought that George Carlin wrote books, less as a means of transferring information and knowledge, and more as a means of making some cash. Each portion of his books are often very similar to his standup routines throughout the years, but reading them pale in comparison to watching George do what he did best!

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
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Anna
Another hilarious read from Mr. Carlin.

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.
University of Chicago Magazine
Gretchen Young, AB'84, AM'84
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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
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Primadonna
Took ages for me to read this. Every now and then I have to ponder and rethink my values and everything.

Carlin was heartless sometimes, and ruthless. But he was honest, I think.
Gene Fiebich
Made me laugh out loud (literally, not like on FB)and not want to put it down. George Carlin was one of the most intelligent comedians of all time. Deep thinker (on cocaine, to add) and social critic. I saw him in concert at the State Theater in Ann Arbor and immediately fell in love. He will always be the "Hippy Dippy Weatherman" to me.
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
If you're easily offended, you won't like this. I happen to like George Carlin and his irreverence and fearlessness. He doesn't care if he offends people, which is actually refreshing. Of course, he includes his fair share of silly boy humor, such as bodily function jokes, but that's just what boys do. Parts of this book are really funny.
Ismael Galvan
Dude, I loved this book. It's like a joke book for me now that I'm an adult. Geezer rants and clever insights into human nature organized into a collection of George's brain farts. Pick this one up and prepare to lose faith in humanity while laughing out loud.
Chris
He's the greatest comedian to ever live. Inspired me to get up on stage and give it a shot. All of his books are basically his material and performances in book form. There are sections of just random thoughts. Its great. This guy was and still is the best.
Lisa
His rant on golf courses being used to house the homeless is hilarious and there were quite a few moments I laughed out loud at his horrifying solutions to many problems particularly those involving politicians, elitist types and corporations.
Andrea
I enjoy Carlin's stand up. Reading this boook seems to me to be a disjointed narrative of complaints and the humor didn't translate for me. Listen to Carlin on CD or watch him. That is far more enjoyable.
Cyndi
Although not all of Carlin's witticisms agree with me, for the most part I was in a state of near hysterical laughter throughout this!! I needed a laugh or two or twelve!!
April
I love George Carlin! He was the funniest man ever and this is one of his best books.
MizzSandie
Sep 26, 2012 MizzSandie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE George Carlin.

I cannot wait to get my hands on this.
Carla Cornish
Love,love,love him! Cracks me up! We lost a great comic when he died!
Anders Madsen
George Carlin was a genius, and this book is seriously funny, it contains some of the best comedy bits in history. But that's also my problem with this book, maybe I should have read up on the book before buying it, but I was kinda dissapointed to find out that a lot of the content of the book was routines that he has done on stage, so the funniest parts of the book weren't really new to me as I have seen most of his shows more than once. So if you're a Carlin fan (which I guess you have to be t ...more
Zach X. Murphy
I used to think George Carlin was the best standup comedian of all time. Then I saw one of his last TV comedy specials. He had always been cynical, but he became super cynical. I heard him ridiculing people with depression: even those who have committed suicide. That's when he ceased to be the best in my opinion. This book came out before 9/11, but in the same year. At least once, he wrote something like this (I'm paraphrasing from my memory.), 'isn't it great when there's a huge disaster and lo ...more
Румен Монов
After "When Will Jesus Bring The Porkchops ?" I started heavily watching many of Carlin's on-stage performances... and in time you realise that the previous book and this are mostly just collections ... like a scenario for his performances. It is a bad thing that such a great comedian has passed away and though that these books were ok, I am not getting another one of his. I recommend that you just search for his videos on the Internet. Because after all .. stage performance is just something th ...more
Julie Decker
Carlin does it again with another great humor book. He picks on language and asks important (well, or silly) questions about why English is the way it is. He talks about politics and people, and puts them in funny lights that you somehow never thought of before but see as obvious now that he points it out. He pokes fun at religion but still asks questions of it. It's nice to read something by a guy who doesn't just kick subjects once and leave us to laugh. He does have some excellent one-liners, ...more
Jim
Much like Carlin's first book, Brain Droppings, a lot of this book is a printed collection of his stand-up material. There's a lot more fresh material in this one though (fresh to me, at least; I can't lie and say I've seen everything he ever did live so I can't be completely sure), and the whole thing is much more coherently organized. As always and in any medium, Carlin is hysterical and if you're familiar with him you'll probably hear a lot of the book in your head in his indelible delivery. ...more
Gordon O'neill
Funny, funny ...and funny.
Rena Sherwood
George Carlin (1937 – 2008) was, without question, one of America’s most the most innovative and influential comedians. In his career, he won four Grammys, had thousands of loyal fans and even got to meet John Lennon. He was involved in a Supreme Court case for his “Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television” sketch, pushed the limits of free speech and asked his audience to think for themselves, even in four-letter words.

But “Napalm and Silly Putty” (Hyperion, 2001), a New York Times bestseller fo
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Aparna Nagaraj
I have mixed feelings about this book. While I absolutely loved Carlin's humor, it felt as though there was something missing throughout the book, and by that I mean it felt impersonal and sort of nonchalant. It's lackluster. The dullness, I feel, is as a result of this novel being a organized transcript of Carlin's act. Carlin was a comedian, his comedy is stand-up, but when you put that onto paper, the impression of the delivery is lost. You don't feel like laughing out loud. Instead, you do t ...more
HeavyReader
Mar 01, 2015 HeavyReader rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of George Carlin
(I need a shelf called "not really funny.")

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
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George Denis Patrick Carlin was a Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and philosopher.

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
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