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Class Clown [Original recording reissued]

George CarlinAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00004X0OH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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George Carlin ~ Class Clown

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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Carlin Classic July 24, 2004
By Phrodoe
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who remembers childhood with reasonable clarity (there are a few of us) remembers this: they taught you stuff in school, but you didn't always learn anything...especially if you had guys like George Carlin in your class. Carlin, who attended Corpus Christi School in New York, was a confirmed Class Clown, and he remembers those days in an album full of sidesplitting humor.

Caveat Number One: this is not the modern Carlin I'm talking about, the crotchety curmudgeon who is still very funny, but relies overmuch on four-letter words, cynicism, and pessimism. This is Carlin at the peak of his transformation from family-friendly Ed Sullivan entertainer to counterculture comic genius. His style at the time (the early to mid 1970's) was gentler, sillier; he was less likely to sneer, and more willing to smile, on these earlier releases. He delivered all the trenchant social observations and criticisms that show up in his later work--but here his humor seems more chiding, more cajoling, and less misanthropic. Instead of shouting at you, he speaks to you. The difference between the younger Carlin and the one we know today is more remarkable the more you think about it.

Class Clown is that remarkable man's best album. It weaves together fond childhood reminiscences of, and serious questions about, his Catholic upbringing; he combines them with sharp-eyed social commentary about Vietnam, pollution and Lenny Bruce-like observations on American standards. The Bruce influence comes through strongest, perhaps not surprisingly, when Carlin quotes him in "Values (How Much Is That Dog Crap In The Window?).
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class June 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Class Clown is the album that turned George Carlin from a B-level sitcom actor into a stand-up legend. Mr. Carlin had originally done stand-up as part of a comedy duo, but moved into acting. He landed roles in TV shows like That Girl, but the stand-up arena was his true calling. Class Clown was cutting edge at the time mixing politics, religion, drugs and all the social issues of the late 60's, early 70's into a big pot. The album is most famous for the "Seven Words You Can't Say On Television" bit. That broke alot of ground with its vulgarity, the same type of routine that got Lenny Bruce throw in jail. "Seven Words" is funny, but equally as funny are bits like "Class Clown", "I Used To Be An Irish Catholic" and "Heavy Mysteries". Some of the material is dated, but Mr. Carlin is so funny, you laugh even if the events are outdated.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carlin's greatest February 15, 2003
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
This album has bits that will have you laughing so hard you'll bust a gut. It's classic Carlin with his classic routines such as Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television and I Used to be Irish Cathholic. A good thing about Carlin is he did some research for his bits on this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where it began... April 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've seen all the reviews and i agree. Carlin kicks! I've been a big Carlin fan for 4 years, and I have everything of his from 1978-1999, so I was suprised when I heard this. Here, he's really calm, and extremly goofy. He made me want to get that Spike Jones record. And, I think everyone can relate to his material on the album. Brilliant work. YOU WIL ENJOY!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Class Clown a Classic, but dated. October 8, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
George Carlin was a pioneer in comedy. Along with Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, Carlin helped change the text of comedy. Challenging the Status Quo by not playing safe with material, Carlin made people listen and think. Class Clown is great for those of us who were around in the 1970's We can remember and relate to the majority of the material. It is a must have CD for any collector of proper comedy, but if you are a novice I suggest you go for Carlin's later stuff. This recording speaks of the Vietnam war, so if you are too young to remember 'Nam then this CD may not be for you. A nice walk down memory lane with many laughs, but not for everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carlin at his most mellow February 12, 2011
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who are used to Carlin the fiery secular prophet, this CD might come as a bit of a surprise, as it sees him still at the height of his hippy-phase in 1971. With whimsical jokes about everything from flatulence to his Irish Catholic upbringing, the comedy here seems a million miles from the angry comedic-rants of his later efforts.
Even at its most controversial (Seven Words you cannot say on TV), Carlin still comes across as playful & fun, with a voice as smooth as silk and a playful wit that leads to genuine laugh-out-loud moments.

To give you an idea of what this CD is like, here is a tracklisting (beware- plot spoilers):

1. 'Class Clown.'
A. 'Bi-labial Fricative' - i.e. Farting & the different ways a Class Clown can make the noise.
B. 'Attracting Attention' - The key to being a Class Clown & a few jokes on how he did so. Also how, when the Class Clown was absent "second banana would step in".
C. 'Squeamish' - Another key part of the Class Clown act.
2. 'Wasted Time - sharing a swallow' - Putting the mic up to his throat while he swallows as "no-one ever seems to share a swallow".
3. 'Values (How much is that Dog **** in the Window?)' - A jibe at Consumerism & how "if you nail one bit of wood to another bit of wood in a way that's never been done before, some schmuck will buy it from you!" Also about Joke shop imitation Dog poo & how there might be collectors who collect 'St Bernard variety' etc.
4. 'I used to be Irish Catholic' - An affectionate look-back at Catholic school. Has a little of the later Carlin atheism (e.g. "I was a Catholic, now I'm an American - I've moved on")
5. 'The Confessional' - Carlin could imitate the Priests so well that he used 2 take confession.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to the good days of comedy
Great return to Carlin's classic humor. I had forgotten how funny lots of these routines are.
Published 14 days ago by Douglas B. Chappell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Satire
Published 1 month ago by Ralph L. Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A comedy classic that comes to life on this original vinyl release.
Published 1 month ago by Danny Locasha
5.0 out of 5 stars George Carlin Has the Audacity to Tell It Like It Is (or Was)
George Carlin's Class Clown is his fourth album. It was recorded in Santa Monica, CA, a fairly liberal place, in Spring 1972. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Happy Camper
3.0 out of 5 stars Class Clown George Carlin
Not as funny as I remembered
Published 3 months ago by Roy J Cabibbo
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment, but paritally my fault
I'm disappointed because I thought I was getting a DVD.
Half the fun is seeing him.
The material left me wondering why I spent my money on this CD. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Morris Chapnick
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Mind
I do not know how much of his material comes from his mind, but for me I go how does this stuff come into his mind. He is beyond funny. His stuff makes you think. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chuck St. Louis
5.0 out of 5 stars Class Clown = Comedy Classic
George Carlin is the reason why I'm going into comedy. This album demonstrates his insight and his unparalleled storytelling. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Josh Obershaw
5.0 out of 5 stars As advertised
I love george carlin. He was the reason I got into stand up comedy. When I bought my record player this is one of the first ones that I searched for. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ravi Thakur
5.0 out of 5 stars George Carlin - All Time Great Comedian
Class Clown is classic George Carlin. He was a brilliant comedian, and my favorite of all time. Though he is gone, his routines will last a lifetime. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Patricia M Aikman
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