George Carlin: the Triumph of Bullshit

Saying the Verboten

George Carlin at work. Source: HBO.

There’s a new two-part series streaming on HBO well worth a watch: George Carlin’s American Dream. I was expecting an extended display of his comedy wares, but it wasn’t that, and I wasn’t disappointed. The series is about his life. His families. His cultural background, economic status. How his comedy developed from the Sixties onward, during the most turbulent time in America, when, as the Bard from Duluth, “revolution was in the air.” Context.

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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelancer based in Australia.  He is a former reporter for The New Bedford Standard-Times.

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