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Carlin Home Companion : Growing Up With George (Hardcover) (Kelly Carlin)

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Truly the voice of a generation, George Carlin gave the world some of the most hysterical and iconic comedy routines of the last fifty years. From the "Seven Dirty Words" to "A Place for My Stuff," to "Religion is Bull******," he perfected the art of making audiences double over with laughter while simultaneously making people wake up to the realities (and insanities) of life in the twentieth century.

Few people glimpsed the inner life of this beloved comedian, but his only child, Kelly, was there to see it all. Born at the very beginning of his decades-long career in comedy, she slid around the "old Dodge Dart," as he and wife Brenda drove around the country to "hell gigs." She witnessed his transformation in the '70s, as he fought back against---and talked back to---the establishment; she even talked him down from a really bad acid trip a time or two ("Kelly, the sun has exploded and we have eight, no-seven and a half minutes to live!").

Kelly not only watched her father constantly reinvent himself and his comedy, but also had a front row seat to the roller coaster turmoil of her family's inner life---alcoholism, ****** addiction, life-threatening health scares, and a crushing debt to the IRS. But having been the only "adult" in her family prepared her little for the task of her own adulthood. All the while, Kelly sought to define her own voice as she separated from the shadow of her father's genius.

With rich humor and deep insight, Kelly Carlin pulls back the curtain on what it was like to grow up as the daughter of one of the most recognizable comedians of our time, and become a woman in her own right. This vivid, hilarious, heartbreaking story is at once singular and universal-it is a contemplation of what it takes to move beyond the legacy of childhood, and forge a life of your own.

Jerry Seinfeld. Jon Stewart. Lewis Black. Margaret Cho. Chris Rock. Bill Maher. Jay Leno. These comedians all have at least one thing in common: George Carlin. Truly the voice of a generation, Carlin?s decades-long career spanned countless hours of material?books, HBO specials, movies, and TV shows?that have resonated with young and old alike. From Shining Time Station (with Thomas the Tank Engine) to Bill & Ted?s Excellent Adventure, from ?The Seven Dirty Words? to ?A Place for My Stuff,? George Carlin was an integral part of and wry commentator upon the American cultural landscape for nearly fifty years. Who among us doesn?t have particular favorite George Carlin role, routine, or quote? And finally, the only child of George Carlin gives readers a look behind the many persona and insight into the man holding the microphone.

Kelly Carlin was born when George was just beginning his fledgling career in comedy?she slid around the backseat of his car as he and wife Brenda drove around the country, going to what they liked to call ?hell gigs.? From the early days of the Hippie-Dippie Weatherman, to his experiments with dropping acid (and having to talk him down from a bad trip when the sun exploded? or so he thought), to his renaissance in the nineties and aughts, Kelly had the inside glimpse into it all, and she gives readers the vivid, hilarious, and sometimes poignant peek behind the scenes of the iconic, beloved figure.
Number of Pages: 32216
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs, Entertainment + Performing Arts
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Author: Kelly Carlin
Language: English
Street Date: September 15, 2015
TCIN: 18849246
UPC: 9781250058256
Item Number (DPCI): 247-48-2468

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