George Carlin - Back in Town
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"Back in Town" aired as a live broadcast from New York City's Beacon Theater and features Carlin's trademark acerbic observations on topics such as abortion, capital punishment, familiar expressions and bodily functions. Classic routines "Sanctity of Life," "State Prison Farms," "Free-Floating Hostility" and more are included in this hysterical stand-up comedy performance
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He talks about everything, and does not hold back for one second. Just when you think he can't say anymore to shock you, he does. In this HBO special he talks about abortion, how capital punishment should be televised, the sanctity of life, state prison farms, familiar expressions, and more. Plus, it includes one of my all time favorites: "Free Floating Hostility;" a very long rant about MANY things that tick him off. The title is more than appropriate for it, believe me.
I wouldn't recommend him to people who get offended easily or don't like controversial topics being jokes like abortion or religion. And he does have quite a mouth on him, so if you do not like profanity you better skip it right now. However, if you ARE a fan of the man, then I recommend getting this as soon as possible! I've had the CD for quite some time, but it's nothing like seeing him in action.
The DVD doesn't really have any special features or anything extra to offer (or at least nothing I am aware of). The picture looks great and the sound is really good. It would've been cool if there was an interview or two, perhaps a documentary would be nice. Still, it is a worthy purchase.
"George Carlin: Back in Town" is a hilarious DVD and an outrageous HBO special. As soon as you pop this baby into your DVD player, you know you're in for one hell of a ride. So strap in, get that crash helmet on, and make sure you're not drinking too many liquids while watching this... chances are they won't be staying in your mouth long since you will be laughing non-stop!
Like the title of my review says, in my opinion, this is George Carlin at his peak. Not every GC fan will agree with me, I'm aware of that. Although I've enjoyed every special he's ever done, I believe Back In Town is the most cohesive (and other "big" words I haven't thought of yet!). Every joke, every chapter just seems to flow together so easily. Most comedians, of course, already have in mind what they're going to say, before the show. George Carlin is no exception. But the things he comments on, and his often rapid-fire delivery of the jokes, make it seem like he just thought of it that very second. And I mean that in a 100% positive way! And I think Back In Town is a prime example of what I just said....which is why I think he's at his peak, here.
Here's a couple of reasons why I think George Carlin is one of the top comedians of all time. He comments on the topics of the day, things alot of us wish we had the guts to talk about, in a negative or positive way. As we all know, he'll say exactly what's on his mind - whether any of us like it, or not. And while he certainly uses his fair share of profanity, the difference between George and other comedians who curse,is that George's profanities are born out of genuine frustration - when he's trying to emphasize a point. He doesn't curse, just to get peoples' attention. And finally, he's not afraid to poke fun at himself, every so often. All of these things are clearly evident, when viewing Back In Town.
Some people overlook the fact, that GC was a very articulate, and intelligent comedian. His wit was razor-sharp. And that has never been more apparent, as it is in one of my favorite chapters on Back In Town - "Free Floating Hostility". It's the last chapter on BIT, a Carlin classic!
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George Carlin is a genius who makes one laugh, think and want to correct the egregious wrongs in this country. I miss him!Published 9 months ago by ofbella
George Carlin is always funny, and jokes about things we all probably don't voice.Published 12 months ago by 0x27e1
If you like George Carlin, this is one of his very best. He is right on the money regarding abortion, religion & politics.Published on July 5, 2012 by KD
[Written 1/12/11] I love George, I really do. But this was not the right day to watch his long and rather gory bit about violence. Read morePublished on May 11, 2012 by Barbara Frederick
I love anything by Carlin, books and all. But when he grew his hair long and let it all out, he became the one of a kind genius comic. Don't miss this one. Read morePublished on August 17, 2010 by CXC