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Editorial Reviews


1. Class Clown
2. Wasting Time: Sharing a Swallow
3. Values (How Much Is That Dog Crap in the Window?) /Shoot Is Shit ...
4. I Used to Be Irish Catholic
5. The Confessional
6. Special Dispensation: Heaven, Hell. Purgatory and Limbo
7. Heavy Mysteries
8. Muhammad Ali-America the Beautiful
9. Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television

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  • Audio CD (August 18, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Eardrum Records
  • ASIN: B002GHHHBK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Phrodoe on July 24, 2004
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 By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 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 A Kid's Review on February 15, 2003
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 By PatriciaAdamson on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Musicman on 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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Format: Vinyl
Inside the gatefold cover of George Carlin's superb 1972 LITTLE DAVID comedy record entitled CLASS CLOWN (LD 1004) is George's dedication to "all the oddballs," a strange tale of insanity-causing grain, and childhood snapshots of Carlin. The original paper inner sleeve has the two front and back cover photos of George on a stool. The difference is here the chalkboard behind him is filled with his "Hair Poem" from the previous FM / AM album.

CLASS CLOWN was recorded in concert at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on 5/27/72 and released four months later. The subdivided title piece takes up much of Side One. The main bit on Side Two concerns George's experiences in parochial school.The LP's closer is his most famous (some say "infamous") routine about broadcast censorship.

SIDE ONE NOTES
1.) Trendsetters in classroom SFX, including artificial farts and knuckle cracking. Inside-out eyelids. Burping the alphabet. 2.) Elevators. Airport spies. Swallowing noises. 3.) "You can buy anything in this country." Novelty store items. Where to place fake vomit. Varieties of artificial dog poo.

SIDE TWO NOTES
1.) Sister Mary Discipline. Progressive parochial school. "Dusty and Buddy" proverbs. 2.) "You had to WANNA." "Six sins, one feel. Man!" Father Rivera's easy penance. 3.) Churches changing rules at their convenience. "...in Hell, doing time on a meat rap." Comic book depictions of Heaven. "They cancelled Limbo." 4.) Trying to trip up "fodder" with unanswerable suppositions. 5.) "Government wanted him to KILL people." Leaving Vietnam. Why we're there. Pollution-intensive parody of "America the Beautiful." 6.) Taboo words.
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