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George Carlin's American Dream (2022)

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George Carlin's American Dream, directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, chronicles the life and work of the legendary comedian.

Carlin’s career spanned half a century during which he headlined 14 HBO comedy specials and appeared on The Tonight Show over 130 times, constantly evolving with the times and staying sharply resonant up until his death in 2008 and beyond. The documentary examines a cultural chameleon who is remembered as one of the most influential stand-up comics of all time.

The two-part documentary tracks Carlin’s rise to fame and opens an intimate window into Carlin’s personal life, including his childhood in New York City, his long struggle with drugs that took its toll on his health, his brushes with the law, his loving relationship with Brenda, his wife of 36 years, and his second marriage to Sally Wade. Intimate interviews with Carlin and Brenda’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, offer unique insight into her family’s story and her parents enduring love and partnership.

Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt, Stephen Colbert, Bill Burr, Bette Midler, W. Kamau Bell, Sam Jay, Judy Gold and Jon Stewart are among those interviewed for the project.

HBO Documentary Films, Rise Films and Apatow Productions present George Carlin's American Dream. The documentary was edited by Joe Beshenkovsky; executive produced by Apatow, Bonfiglio, Teddy Leifer, Jerry Hamza, and Kelly Carlin. For HBO: executive producers, Lisa Heller and Nancy Abraham.


Thanks so much! He's a legend, and the 'gold standard' for today's comics -- either through the frequency of their "specials" or the way in which they speak their minds, and damn the torpedos. Personally, I can only take him in small doses (the same as with other intellectual comics like Dennis Miller or Bill Maher to a less extent), but one has to admire his steel will!

From what I remember of his comic material, he was very cynical and anti-establishment, but extremely articulate and intelligent and vocal about controversial issues. He also had an amazing memory, because he would memorize his entire stand-up routines, which were quite a stream of linguistic consciousness. He probably could have done well to experiment with psychedelics to help with his staunch atheism, but the anti-God sentiment he had is quite understandable.

euxalot wrote:

. Personally, I can only take him in small doses (...

FYI George Carlin on point and on conspiracies: