Last Words by George Carlin
A Memoir

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This ebook features added multimedia content: an interview with George Carlin’s daughter Kelly about life with her dad, and a tribute video with interviews with Susie Essman, Michael Ian Black, Richard Belzer, George Wendt, and Jeffrey Ross, who talk about Carlin’s incredible ability to make people laugh.

One of the undisputed heavyweight champions of American comedy, with nineteen appearances on the Johnny Carson show, thirteen HBO specials, five Grammys, and a critical Supreme Court battle over censorship under his belt, George Carlin saw it all throughout his extraordinary fifty-year career, and made fun of most of it. Last Words is the story of the man behind some of the most seminal comedy of the last half century, blending his signature acerbic humor with never-before-told stories from his own life, including encounters with a Who’s Who of 1970s celebrity—from Lenny Bruce to Hugh Hefner—and the origins of some of his most famous standup routines. Carlin’s early conflicts, his long struggle with substance abuse, his turbulent relationships with his family, and his triumphs over catastrophic setbacks all fueled the unique comedic worldview he brought to the stage. From the heights of stardom to the low points few knew about, Last Words is told with the same razor-sharp wit and unblinking honesty that made Carlin one of the best-loved comedians in American history
 

About George Carlin

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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.  Tony Hendra was recently described by The Independent of London as “one of the most brilliant comic talents of the post-war period” He began his comedic career with Graham Chapman of Monty Python, appeared six times on the Ed Sullivan Show, was one of the original editors of National Lampoon, edited the classic parody Not The New York Times, starred in This Is Spinal Tap, and co-created and co-produced the long-running British satirical series Spitting Image for which he was nominated for a British Academy Award. He has written or edited dozens of books, most of them satirical, with the exception of two New York Times bestsellers: Brotherhood (2001) and Father Joe (2004). He is a senior member of the Board of the nation-wide story-telling community, The Moth.      
 
Published October 24, 2009 by Free Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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A posthumous autobiography from George Carlin and a chronicle of the rise and fall of “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.”

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His memories of the 1960s, his first wife Brenda, Lenny Bruce, and his famous “7 Dirty Words” routine (there is a whole chapter dedicated to words, one of Carlin's ever-great sources of interest, speculation, and amusement) are also very interesting and revealing, as well as dramatic and in some ...

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BC Books

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Love him or loathe him, admire him or despise him, you would have to grant — even if you disagreed with him — that George Carlin was funny, witty, controversial, and thought provoking.

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Book Reporter

Over the last 15 years of his life, George Carlin enlisted friend and fellow comic Tony Hendra to help him assemble what they jokingly referred to as a “sortabiography,” drawing on Carlin’s life story and the rich lode of material he had accumulated in almost half a century in show business.

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USA Today

You could consider George Carlin's Last Words, a 20-some-years-in-the-making memoir he called a "sortabiography," as the comic genius's answer to Michael Jackson's This Is It.Told in his own voice and based mainly on taped interviews with humorist and co-author Tony Hendra, this posthumous work b...

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Seattle PI

However, for someone relatively new to his work, I'd recommend you avoid reading Last Words until you've watched and/or listened most of Carlin's routines (especially his HBO specials), as being familiar with most of his work puts it all into context with regards to what stage of his life he was ...

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The Gospel Coalition

She writes about Troopergate (or Tasergate depending on the side you take), about her daughter’s pregnancy, about the firing of one of her subordinates, about her infamous and ill-advised interview with Katie Couric, about the birth of her son Trig and the ridiculous assertions that he was not he...

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The Gospel Coalition

I love to read a biography in which an old man, in the waning days of his life, reflects on the lessons he has learned in the seven or eight decades given to him.

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Buffalo Rising

Last Words (a "sortabiography" as Carlin called it) was more than 20 years in the making.

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