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1972 comedy classic featuring the famous "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television".
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  • Audio CD (August 18, 2009)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Eardrum Records
  • ASIN: B002GHHHBK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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George Carlin's Class Clown is his fourth album. It was recorded in Santa Monica, CA, a fairly liberal place, in Spring 1972. In Class Clown Carlin breaks ground by actually telling us what words cannot be spoken --at that time-- on television. My, how times have changed. Carlin has always poked fun at any establishment whether it be government, religion or socially acceptable behavior. As he once said on an album, I can't remember which, (paraphrase) I just watch people and report the s**t they do.

Carlin is or was that kid in class who was always cutting jokes at the most in opportune times to lighten the mood. He was the guy in the back that the teacher would always have to stop and admonish. "George," the nun might say, "that was inappropriate." Personally, I think there's a little of Carlin in every one of us.

ANYBODY who is sensitive to condemnation of church, especially the Catholic church, should stay away from Carlin's album. In fact, I'd be willing to bet it's on the "don't get, see or watch" list the church used to publish, if they still do so. (Yeah, I was a Catholic once too, and like Carlin, "now I'm an American".)

Even though this album is over 40 years old, it is still poignant. It isn't necessarily the exact same thing, but life hasn't changed that much. Well, except for those Seven Words You Can't Say on Television.

Rest in Peace, George (1937-2008). I'm sure if there's an afterlife, you're busting somebody's chops.
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IMHO, Carlin at his best. Yes, there is some explicit language, but Carlin's observations about life are spot-on, and more importantly for a comedy CD, "pass-an-entire-cheese-sandwich-though-your-nose" funny!

I believe that the late George Carlin will eventually be praised as one of the great "common-man" thinkers of our time.
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I know this material from having bought the original vinyl as a gift for my brother, [you don't need to know how many] years ago. For my money, Carlin was at his comedic best with his first two albums, (this was the second). I am having to re-order it, 'cause, the first time, I was sent Bob Dylan, (for whom I never really cared, and who is not particularly funny). If you are a fan, try AM/FM, (his first. He started as a radio on-air personality).
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