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George Carlin: On Location with George Carlin
     

George Carlin: On Location with George Carlin

Director: George Carlin

Cast: George Carlin

 

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Appearances on network television in the 1960s led comedian George Carlin into a mire of bland comedy that bored him. But when he went "counterculture" and started uttering the famous "Seven Words," he not only triggered a landmark FCC lawsuit, he stopped getting asked to be a guest on TV. He even got axed from the roster of many clubs. Nevertheless, in the long run,

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Appearances on network television in the 1960s led comedian George Carlin into a mire of bland comedy that bored him. But when he went "counterculture" and started uttering the famous "Seven Words," he not only triggered a landmark FCC lawsuit, he stopped getting asked to be a guest on TV. He even got axed from the roster of many clubs. Nevertheless, in the long run, speaking his true mind was the best thing that ever happened to Carlin. Returning to television in the 1970s on such ground-breaking shows as Saturday Night Live (he was the show's very first guest host), he hit his stride with the less restrictive cable television. Starring the iconoclastic, Grammy Award-winning comedian, this video features the first of Carlin's numerous and popular HBO stand-up concert specials. Recorded live at the University of Southern California on March 5, 1977, the routines presented here include, among others, Monopoly, Dogs & Cats, Names, Supermarkets, and Words.

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On Location With George Carlin, presents a1977 performance at the University of Southern California and the comedian's first HBO appearance. It begins with a cautionary speech by HBO representative Shana Alexander. Still unsteady with the idea of foul language on television, she nonetheless praises Carlin's willingness to push boundaries in search of a more authentic and, in many ways, intellectual brand of comedy. Indeed, Alexander draws a comparison between Carlin and three wordsmiths -- Shakespeare, Chaucer and Aristophanes -- who in their own times generated controversy by mentioning the unmentionable. The comparison, while a stretch, is not unfounded. Carlin's foremost fascination is language, and he finds his humor in the gap between what is said and unsaid, what a word sounds like and what it means, and, as in his signature routine, which words are acceptable and which are not. As vulgar as his topics run, Carlin's intention is never to gross his audience out. In doing so, George Carlin nearly gives William Safire a run for his money, except that Carlin's area of expertise is not public discourse but private reality. He has appointed himself the official voice of unspoken thoughts. "Who cleans out wishing wells?" "Do you ever wonder what it's like when you're not around?" Just because people don't talk about these things doesn't mean they don't think them, and that's exactly why they're funny. It may be one thing to think about dog flatulence, but it's something else entirely to see a grown man on stage miming his reaction to it.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
UPC:
0030306350820
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mpi Home Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
45,907

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Side #1 --
0. Scenes
1. Intro & Warning [1:40]
2. Program Open [:36]
3. Personal Memories [2:22]
4. Taking The Stage [10:27]
5. Shopping [7:52]
6. Walking [3:59]
7. Dogs & Cats [9:27]
8. Old Folks & Kids [8:00]
9. Food [3:30]
10. The News [3:20]
11. Brand News [2:44]
12. Perversion Of Language [7:07]
13. Fordbidden Words [22:24]
14. Closing Credits [1:47]

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