Brain Droppings (2 cassettes)

Brain Droppings (2 cassettes)

by HighBridge Company
     
 


Grammy® Award Winner!

In Brain Droppings, Carlin brings to audio his singular brand of comedic satire that has made him a favorite of stage, screen and cable audiences. Witty word play, spirited commentary, sarcasm, monologues and in-your-face insights about everyday values appear randomly—literally droppings from his fast and fresh

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Grammy® Award Winner!

In Brain Droppings, Carlin brings to audio his singular brand of comedic satire that has made him a favorite of stage, screen and cable audiences. Witty word play, spirited commentary, sarcasm, monologues and in-your-face insights about everyday values appear randomly—literally droppings from his fast and fresh intelligence. Carlin's challenging humor cuts through the superficial and smug assumptions behind our institutions—politics, race and social issues—exposing all as amusing fabrications. And unlike other comics who believe we've somehow misplaced the American dream, Carlin presents it as a great—but incredibly funny—myth.

Brain Droppings was adapted for audio by Carlin himself and comes with the inimitable Carlin timing and delivery—making it clever, laugh-out-loud humor. With its erudite appeal, Brain Droppings is perfect for listeners looking for a quick shot of brainy merriment as well as long-time Carlin fans seeking a bigger dose of his entertaining take on life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When a stand-up comedian writes a book, the audio version enjoys a clear advantage over the printed word. Timing, delivery and vocal expression are as important to humor as the actual joke itself. So it is with this very funny collection of essays, monologues, observations and jokes by 30-year comic veteran Carlin. A one-liner like "I put a dollar in a change machine. Nothing changed," moderately amusing in print, is hilarious in Carlin's bewildered tone. This audio contains "unabridged excerpts," which means that though it does not include everything from the book, the pieces that appear are performed in their entirety. The audio is paced nicely, alternating between long pieces (Carlin as a bureaucratic caveman calling a "staff meeting" to announce a new policy on human sacrifices), short observations and one-liners. Some of Carlin's older routines are included, such as his classic comparison of warlike football and friendly baseball. One note: this audio, like most of Carlin's humor, includes plenty of profanity, so parents may want to be cautious around the kiddies. Based on the 1997 Hyperion hardcover.(May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Abounding yuks, chuckles, guffaws, rip-snorts—though few side-splitters—in this free-form compendium of Carlin's comedy stylings. A growing number of modern comics, from Bill Cosby to Tim Allen, have enjoyed a profitable sideline in adapting their shtick (with varying degrees of success) to the exigencies of the written word. Now veteran stand-up comic Carlin takes his own shot at authorship. Unlike many niche comics, who focus on a limited range of subjects built around an easily typecast persona, Carlin has a protean talent, and his book is a kind of mini-encyclopedia of humor, ranging from wretched puns ('The lazy composer still has several scores to settle'), to Steven Wright style one-liners ('I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed'), to classically structured jokes ('I got a chest x-ray last month, and they found a spot on my lung. Fortunately, it was barbecue sauce'). He also offers a number of longer comic meditations on subjects as diverse as sports and grief, while avoiding such stale stand-up staples as airline food and Seven Elevens. Carlin has an unusual concern with language, combining a grammarian's precision with a sharp eye for the absurd: 'Favorite oxymorons: nondairy creamer, death benefits, holy war.' He is less successful when he examines things he deeply cares about, like politics and justice. His anger is too close to the surface, his otherwise latent didacticism too blatant. Many of the jokes, taken straight from Carlin's act, suffer from being reduced to the printed page. With the right timing, the right droll delivery, they would be hilarious, but here, without help, they fall flat. Carlin succeeds admirably, though notwithout qualification.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565113701
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Edition description:
Abridged, 2 Cassettes
Pages:
150
Product dimensions:
4.45(w) x 6.98(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author


GEORGE CARLIN (1937-2008) was a product of Manhattan’s West Harlem. He released more than 20 comedy albums, wrote and performed 14 HBO specials, and entertained in theatres and concert halls nationwide. He won five Grammys® and six Cable ACE awards, and was nominated for five Emmys. In 2008 he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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