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George Carlin: The Very Best of- 1977-1984 [DVD]
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George Carlin was one of the greatest and most influential stand-up comedians of all time. He appeared on The Tonight Show more than 130 times, starred in an unprecedented 14 HBO Specials, hosted the first Saturday Night Live and penned three New York Times bestselling books.
This boxset collects together four of Carlin s legendary live stand up HBO specials - available in the UK for the first time. Spanning the years 1977-1984, we find a younger Carlin at his most caustic and incendiary best. Taking no prisoners in front of sell out crowds America s first counter-culture comedian holds society s hypocrisies and idiocies up to the light.
George Carlin: On Location
March 5, 1977, at the University of Southern California
George Carlin: Again
Celebrity Star Theater in Phoenix on July 23, 1978
George Carlin: At Carnegie
Taped before a sold-out house at New York City´s Carnegie Hall
George Carlin: On Campus
Taped at UCLA on April 19, 1984
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This is a brilliant collection of some of his best shows, I've bought all three collections currently available and I can honestly say they are the jewel in my dvd collection.
His observations were always spot-on, and often thought-provoking, he mentioned things that no-one else had ever mentioned before, he questioned life in a way that made you start questioning it, but above all else, he was so, so, so, so funny!
Over here in the UK, I always felt George Carlin never really got the credit he so richly deserved, definitely one of the best ever stand-up comedians.
If you don't believe me, buy the three box-sets on here, they are truly worth whatever you pay for them, trust me!
There are moments and brilliant sequences of political and social insight that eclipsed his contemporaries, but could suddenly lapse into the disappointingly puerile, even in his advancing years. I have all three of these boxed HBO Specials spanning 1977-2001 and concur with other reviewers that as a comedian he improved with age.
He was clearly ground breaking in his day, and a big influence on my favourite comedian Bill Hicks (and possibly vice-versa??). Ironically he outlasted Bill who died of pancreatic cancer far too early.
Recommended to anyone who likes Hicks or Lenny Bruce,
Buy only if you want the full set.
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