Last Words

Last Words

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Born in New York City in 1937, George Dennis Patrick Carlin was one of the greatest and most influential stand-up comedians of all time. He appeared on ?The Tonight Show? more than 130 times, starred in an unprecedented 14 HBO Specials, hosted the first ?Saturday Night Live? and penned three New York Times bestselling books. Of the 23 solo albums recorded by Mr. Carlin, 11 were Grammy nominated and he took home the coveted statue five times including a 2001 Grammy win for Best Spoken Comedy Album for his reading of his best seller Brain Droppings. In 2002, Carlin was awarded the ?Freedom of Speech Award? by the First Amendment Center in cooperation with the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, and he was the named 11th recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in June of 2008. George Carlin passed away at age 71 on June 22, 2008 in Santa Monica, California.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Free Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9781439172957
Characteristics: xviii, 297 p. :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hendra, Tony

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jquick99
Mar 03, 2019

When I got this book, I thought it was a collection of observations, instead of an autobiography.

I remember being in 6th grade when my brother brought home the 7 Words album. When I started the book, I liked him. But that didn’t last long.

First off, I don’t care for his commentary re women...young or older. From bragging about him and his buddies holding down a teenage girl and feeling her up to making disparaging comments on older women’s body parts (Eleanor Roosevelt? Really?). This isn’t a funny book, so was he trying to be funny...or just an insensitive fool?

Add in fighting with his wife, neglects/being an absentee husband and father, devotes one paragraph to his wife passing from cancer and immediately tells us about his new love.

It’s like he’s proud of his behavior, like the times he brags about stealing and breaking laws (as a younger man/youth).

Bottom line, he led an angry, pathetic life (without reflection) and I wouldn’t have wanted to spend time with him when he was alive, and wished I didn’t spend any time with him now.

What a disappointment.

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JMJ1408
Sep 16, 2018

Similar to Brain Droppings, this book is basically just Mr. Carlin's comedy act in print. As much as I love George Carlin and his brand of comedy; as much as I love reading his books and his material, I would rather WATCH him perform. You get the power behind the jokes better.

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PearlyKayAm1
Feb 10, 2016

Interesting autobiography including a couple of his most famous stand-up routines. Well worth reading for his fans.

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Kagamusha
Jul 14, 2015

Oh, George, We Hardly Knew Thee...Until you read this book. It's like talking to George and getting in on his thoughts throughout his long career. Although, many thoughts and fears that I wouldn't have expected. The icing on the cake is many routines, exampled in print...copy them now, with an Amen for St. George - the Comedy Slayer. (See my beard...).
PS: this book is much better than "Seven Dirty Words".

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PearlyBaker
Jun 01, 2015

It was just okay for me. I mean he kind of skimmed over his life with very few details. I guess I was expecting a memorable story like Johnny Cash kicking opiates, hallucinating and ripping the carpet up with his bare hands for just one more pill. And another gripe, like too many memoirs it was kind of boring to me after he stopped staying awake for weeks at a time on cocaine talking to five friends who weren't even there. I did however appreciate his wife's take on AA when she finally had to walk away from there. It seemed like too trendy of an organization for a Carlin to be in anyway.

LocketLibrarian Aug 10, 2013

Love George Carlin, interesting to hear his side of his career, warts and all

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