George is back with his 9th HBO stand-up performance;taped live at the Beacon Theater in New York City. "Back in Town" 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 performance.
I'm not going to go over what chapters are on here, or what each one is about. Most of you probably already know. So let's get right to it.
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!