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The hilarious, satirical and bitterly cynical comedian shines in this excellent live one-man show, recorded at the Beverly Theater in Los Angeles. Also includes the short film The Envelope with Vic Tayback. 1986/color-b&w/60 min/NR/fullscreen.
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Observational humor had been George Carlin's specialty for over 20 years when Playing with Your Head--the comedian's fifth special for HBO--was recorded in 1986. Carlin's not resting on his laurels here, presenting an abundance of new, politically incorrect material while expanding a few older routines. In "Sports" he applies hilarious criteria to what does or doesn't qualify (hockey doesn't count; lacrosse is a "faggot college activity"), and "A Moment of Silence" pays mock-mournful tribute to an ill-fated (and presumably fictional) group of "43 elderly, mentally retarded Bolivian senior citizen volleyball fans." If that kind of irreverence puts you off (and if so, why are you reading this?), you'll fare better with the universal humor of "Losing Things" (we all do it, right?), and a characteristic survey of language in "Hello and Goodbye." In any case, Carlin's best enjoyed when seen and heard, and the film noir spoof "The Envelope" provides a clever introduction to the funnyman's entrance onstage. --Jeff ShannonFrom the Back Cover:
George Carlin, one of the greatest comedians of all time, presents one of his most hysterical stand-up comedy performances in this one-man show recorded at the Beverly Theater in Los Angeles. Routines included are "Losing Things," "Charities," "Sports," "Hello and Goodbye," "Battered Plants," "Earrings," and "A Moment of Silence." Also featured is a short film entitled "The Envelope," co-starring Vic Tayback.
Growing up in New York City, George Carlin was always the class clown. He went on to become one of the greatest comedians of all time, with appeal that spans generations. His brand of provocative sociopolitical commentary and scathing comic style has brought him four Grammy awards, most recently in 2002. Carlin holds the distinct honor of being the first-ever host of NBC's Saturday Night Live, and has starred in 12 HBO specials and many blockbuster films. He continues to perform to sold-out audiences at venues across the country. 1986, 58 minutes.
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