Carlin at Carnegie

Synopsis: Taped before a full-house at New York’s Carnegie Hall (October 12, 1982), this performance represents an important creating resurgence for Carlin, following a heart attack earlier that year.

He ignites the stage with unique perceptions and his outrageous physical comedy, employing along the way his well-honed powers of mimicry.

The routines include: “Rice Krispies,” “Newscast #3,” “Have a Nice Day,” “Ice-Box Man,” “Fussy Eater,” “Dogs & Cats #2,” and “Over 200 Filthy Words and Phrases.”

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I’ve read some online comments from people saying that this show was a return to form for George Carlin (or something along those lines), that this was a tremendous show. And the rating that it gets on imdb seems to support people’s appreciation of his routine.

But I’m not one of them. sad0038 Free Sad Emoticons

While there is no such thing as a bad -or even boring- George Carlin stand-up routine, this one left me wanting. Granted, Carlin is in top form here, performance-wise; despite having suffered a heart attack not long before, he is energetic and his delivery is absolutely top-notch. happy0021 Free Emoticons   Happy

However, in my opinion, the material isn’t as sharp as it could have been. And it wasn’t as observational as it sometimes is. Here, as is often the case in his earlier shows, the best of his material is language-related – it’s not the “jokes” that are the most laugh-inducing.

Hampering the experience is the knowledge that the show has clearly been edited for television, with claps, cheers and laughs ending and starting abruptly a couple of times. It made me wonder if I was missing out on anything. Perhaps the excised material is less sharp, even – but I’ll never know. confused

Anyway, while I did chuckle a lot and laughed a few times, for me the highlight of ‘Carlin at Carnegie’ was the closing number, which had him updating his list of “7 Filthy Words” by reading a rather lengthy scroll over the closing credits. It not only was abundant and excessive, but it proved a point about language in our society.

And that amused me quite a lot. You could barely ask for a better way to close the show. happy0027 Free Emoticons   Happy

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