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George Carlin - Jammin' in New York (1992)

George Carlin , Rocco Urbisci  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Carlin
  • Directors: Rocco Urbisci
  • Writers: George Carlin
  • Producers: George Carlin, Rocco Urbisci, Bob Livengood, Brenda Carlin, Jerry Hamza
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,480 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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When George Carlin is asked which HBO concert is his favorite, his answer is always, "Jammin’ In New York." The reasons are several: It was his first HBO show done live; it was the first he had done in his hometown, New York City; and it was the largest audience he had ever worked before: 6,500.

But Carlin says it also represented a newfound sophistication in his writing. "It was the first time I had done truly extended pieces consisting of separate sections all flowing together. It was a big leap for me."

The show, taped at the Paramount Theater in Madison Square Garden and winner of the 1992 CableACE Award, is a perfect blend of biting social commentary and more gently-observed observational pieces.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Carlin May 14, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This video is a perfect example as to why George Carling is known as such a great comedian. His opinions reflect your opinions you're yo scared to share. His acts are funny, as well as very intelligent. Every word he says we can relate to. When he performs, you know he is passionate in it. I'd reccomend this to evryone.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Carlin March 24, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
If you want to laugh in hysterics and relate to ordinary every day life, you will want to watch this video. Carlin does it again, as he describes words and phrases in relation to air travel and more. He is one of the best comedians of over two decades and after seeing Jammin' In New York (1992) for the first time, I do not at all regret this purchase. This one should be in any Carlin fan's, albeit, comedy-lover's video collection. Enjoy!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Carlin DVD August 30, 2006
This is one of my favorite Carlin DVD! I think if you like George Carlin and think he's funny, you should buy this DVD and you'll realize he's very very funny and a pure genious! I also suggest you pick up "Life is worth losing" Carlin's next DVD soon to be released. I don't get offended about anything Carlin says but in that one i got offended with like 2 things he said. Then he explained more and i just realized how stupid i was. Carlin is always making you step back as a human being to look at yourself and people as a whole. Look at how ignorant we sometimes act but at the same time talking about all the little things that we all do but never talk about. BUY THIS DVD i have 11 george carlin HBO specials and i never will regret paying a penny for them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Performance by the Cynical Comedian! November 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
George Carlin outdid himself with this one. No matter how many times I watch it or listen to it on audio tape (recorded from tv) I laugh hysterically. His part about the airports and other 'universal similarities' will ring a bell for everyone!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not at His Best, Still Very Good August 21, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
George Carlin is one of my favorite stand-up comedians--certainly in the top four--and I own all of his DVDs. "Jammin' in New York" (1991) is not one of his best. It's not as funny because George is angrier in this one, raving and bloviating -- a curmudgeon who has veered too far off his own track. There's less profanity and fewer of his down and dirty jokes. He's anti-everything in this outing. If you're a golfer, don't even go near this one because George wants to turn all of the thousands of golf courses into places to build homes for the homeless. Golf to him is an inane, elitist sport.
A funny stream is his riff on airline trips, and he is very sharp targeting those announcements that drive you nuts. When he goes off a long rant about the indestructibility of Planet Earth toward the end of his performance, you sense that the comedian has surrendered to contentiousness, and you can hear him losing his audience. His harangues get tiresome. There are thin lines between satire, comedy, and polemics, and in this one he's lost that delicate balance.
His delivery and inventiveness (he's a perceptive, shrewd dude) are, as usual, great. This one isn't as political as some.
What to look for is his take on how aggressive the U.S. is, how willing to wage war against non-whites. This DVD focuses on the Gulf War. Local drinking water and the first George Bush are also subjects for discussion. Not a great DVD but a lot better than many of the efforts of other comics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carlin at his best February 8, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I have been searching for another Carlin video that is on the same level as this one, but I have yet to find it. I think that this is one of his greatest performances, he seems to be having fun on stage, and he just lets loose with his sarcasm and wit. I don't think anyone can be disappointed with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work - More politically balanced January 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
By '93 - Carlin is much more openly angry in his rhetoric. Losing his overt liberal overtones from 70's and 80's. Skits included here are Desert Storm commentary, and a biting attack on White Liberal environmentalism.
But his creativity is clearly on display here in a way that had been lacking before. Like many comedians, Carlin is best when he has some large issue in the public eye to discusss.
Skewers darlings of the left and the right.But there is also a middle skit about small everyday occurences that bring people together. This adjoining routing tempers and balances the overt anger of the other two main skits, making the flow much more even and natural.
Similar to his famous Driving skit (Carlin on Campus, What Am I Doing in new Jersey) Carlin here includes a wonderful skit on airplanes and airports that has gotten me through many an awful flight.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not what I remember February 26, 2010
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Jammin in New York was the funniest stand up by Carlin I've ever seen. My issue with this DVD is that it's a different show and recording then the one I had on VHS. Having both of them and knowing it very well it was disapointing that the show they recorded for the VHS version was way better. The DVD version he stumbled over jokes and it just seemed not as fluent. Overall it's still a great show and funny as can be, but I think they should get that other recording and put it on the DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars best one
This is his funniest. He thought so himself.
Published 3 days ago by Wilson Howe
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything was great!
Everything was great!
Published 15 days ago by Shadowcat
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth - But funny
George has always used the truth, however; he has always made the truth funny, and of all his concerts I keep revisiting this, and keep laughing as he is the master of making the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rik Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of his writing period
This was the start of Carlin's most creative period, and a lot of his classic schtick is right here. Highly recommended
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST
If you are a fan of George Carlin, this is one of his best ! It always puts a smile on my face.
Published 4 months ago by KD
5.0 out of 5 stars Jammin' in New York
Another perfect work by George Carlin. Mr. Carlin has this rare ability to make me laugh and think. " I got this
thing I do. It's called thinking." Mr. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Susan Riley
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh
Good old George but not the best stuff he's done. It's kinda too predictable and the jokes just dont' seem classic George
Published 8 months ago by Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars It's George Carlin!
The late George Carlin gave a great performance in this DVD. Anyone familiar with George Carlin, knows that he is one of the greats of comedy. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Breggetta Maravilla
5.0 out of 5 stars GET THIS!
It's George Carlin, has he ever done anything bad? NO! what I love about George is his outlook on things --thinking outside the box!
Published 11 months ago by Lord Rhys
5.0 out of 5 stars george was great
George Carlin was one of my favorites. Always good for a laugh no matter how many times you hear him.
Published 11 months ago by Suzanne Di Noia
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