Presented direct from the stage of the Beacon Theatre in New York City, uncensored and uninhabited, it's: George Carlin: Complaints And Grievances. This performance of no-holds-barred comedy is George's 12th stand-up special for HBO and fourth live performance on the network. From his famous "seven words you can't say on TV" in the 70s to his assaults on pretentious buzzwords of the 90s ("maximize, prioritize, "etc) George Carlin's razor-sharp wit and acute insights have made him one of the most influential forces in comedy for three decades. The New York native made his first TV appearance in 1965 on "The Merv Griffin Show," going on to perform stand-up on such programmes as "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Hollywood Palace." Chafing against the restrictions of commercial TV, Carlin began concentrating on more personal and political material in the early 70s, emerging as a leading counterculture comic. Headlining his first special on HBO in 1977, Carlin has also appeared on two "Comic Relief" benefits and hosted the 1995 special "20 Years of Comedy on HBO." He's won two Grammy Awards for his comedy albums, while his books "Brain Droppings" (1997) and the current "Napalm and Silly Putty" are NY Times best-sellers. As well as being one of the world's greatest stand-up comedians and a writer, he also enjoys a successful career as an actor in motion pictures with leading roles in Jersey Girl, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Dogma and Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure amongst his credits.
A comic genius.
- George Carlin: Complaints and Grievances review by Steve S
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You rated this film: 5
Not so well known in this country- he is recognisable from Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure, and some of Kevin Smith's films.
This made for TV live performance, is short and sweet at only 55 mins; but is very funny and clever. Dying this year in 2008, George Carlin left us way too soon. It's a shame more of his stand up isn't available.