On June 18th, 2008, it was announced that George Carlin was to be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for Humor. Four days later, he was admitted to a hospital and died. This memoir, nearly complete at the time of his death, was finished by his best friend Tony Hendra. Begun in 1993 as a series of taped conversations, Last Words possesses the vividness and candor of a Carlin mono...more
A few days later, I looked at the box more closely and saw it wasn't actually read by George Carlin himself. My desire to listen to it immediately evaporated, and I put it on the shelf, pissed.
It sat for years until just a couple days ago, I was going on a long drive and figured it would be better than sittin ...more
George Carlin's unique career as a standup comic spanned over 4 decades. In this book, he shows that how success was not easy either at the business or the content ends.
I laughed at Carlin’s (what were then called) “party records” in the early 1960’s, saw him perform live in the late 80’s and caught him from time to time on The Tonight Show, HBO, and later, internet clips. Since I had only followed him loosely, this book put the pieces together. While his monologues looked effortless, he shows h ...more
While the book is, at times, uproariously funny, the focus here is not on comedy, but on how comedy is made. Humor, it turns out, is no laughing matter. Carlin worked meticulously on notes on topics, slowly and carefully shaping his 'bits' over years, carefully nursi ...more
Near the end of Last Words, Carlin reveals that he had always wanted to do a live one-man Broadway show about is life ...more
Carlin and his cowriter Tony Hendra did not want to write a memoir because, to them, that word was a tiresome combination of me and moi. So they referred to this as a "sortabiography."
"I used to mark my really severe drug use by the years I couldn't remember who won the World Series. There were three or four years in there, mid to late seventies. Cincinnati Reds? Twice in ...more
His parts on individuality and group-minds rang so true for me. I never felt part of a group and hated what the group-mind did to people ...more
If you're looking for this to be as funny as his concerts, you will be disappointed. If you want to know about the guy, which I did, you'll find this an engaging read. I really respect the way he expressed his thoughts and his love for words. Although we are both Irish Catholic, he's much more into the Irish thing and ...more
he was a class clown/ He loved his wife.. His brother Pat reads his bio or auto bio on audible..
Carlin was flawed? Of course.. all comics are flawed..
But thus so are we all...
Comics just get to put their flaws on display...
he credits LSD with opening up his tight ass sensibilities...
he spent his early life att ...more
My favorite part, where I actually laughed out loud was when he describe ...more
I still own several of his CD's, my favorite being a double CD set of his AM/FM, Occupation Fo ...more
I was lucky enough to see him in concert in Raleigh, NC, in the early 90s. I went with my parents, and while it was fun...several parts were PRETTY UNCOMFORTABLE watching with my parents (though I looked over a couple times to see my parents red-faced and laughing along with him!).
I've read Napalm and the sequel. Those were more standup put in print ...more
This book is like him, very honest and blunt about his life and his struggles as a performer, person, artist, son, father, husband and man. I should have realized, listening to his monologues over the years, how much he drank and did drugs, but at the same time, my denial was telling myself that someone so clever couldn't be doing THAT many drugs ...more
And the result is amazing. I have always been a Carlin fan ...more
The book reflects in word form the honor I experience with people open to reciprocation.
A short story. I volunteer for Cycle Oregon. Last September at the start of the 25th Cycle Oregon Week long ride, the Modoc chairman of the Klamath Tribal Council welcomed all ...more
The following was copied from an Amazon review that I agree with: The interesting parts of "Last Words" are his trying and finally succeeding to find his own authentic self in comedy. The dull parts were his growing up, drunk father and supportive ...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