George Carlin was a genius at observational comedy, wordplay, sarcasm, irony and satire.
Part of his subject matter was obviously drawn from his upbringing — his father was in advertising, an alcoholic and left when George was just two-months old. His mother became breadwinner. She was a secretary who focused on vocabulary.
The special George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy, recently released on DVD was the comedian’s 10th special for HBO. This award-winning program was a career retrospective hosted by a young Jon Stewart. Carlin died on June 22, 2008 in Santa Monica, Calif. of cardiac arrest. He was 71.
Beside Carlin doing a remarkable stand-up routine which still holds up, Stewart does an extensive interview with this Mark Twain Prize for American Humor winner.
Carlin talks about his early life and how his upbringing prepared him for a career in comedy. Highlights from this special include Carlin performing three new, thought-provoking pieces of material - "Advertising," "Pets" and "American Bulls---."
This is a must-own for any fan of one of stand-up comedy’s most original and hilarious artists.