A Carlin Home Companion

A Carlin Home Companion

Growing up With George

Book - 2015 | First edition
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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 Bullshit," 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 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. 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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250058256
Branch Call Number: 791.450233092 CAR 2015
Characteristics: viii, 322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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May 27, 2016

I loved this book.You can see she has George's wisdom & humor in her.
The life of a comedian & the ups and downs it plays on the family.
We miss the presence of George these days.Kelly sure writes in a provocative way.
Way to go Kelly.

Jan 14, 2016

This is Kelly's autobiography; George is incidental to the story.

JCLBeckyC Dec 01, 2015

Full disclosure: I returned this book without finishing it. I just couldn't take any more pathetic celebrity name-dropping. When Carlin bragged about bedding Leif Garrett, even the Tiger Beat teen inside me felt embarrassed for her. I had wanted to read her biography after seeing Kelly Carlin shine on the irreverently funny YouTube talk show, Getting Doug with High, especially since I'm a fan of her father's work. I wish I hadn't bothered. I hate feeling judgy about my favorite entertainer's personal lives, but it's hard not to on this kind of family outing.

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Oct 22, 2015

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