Truly the voice of a generation, George Carlin gave the world some of the most hysterical and iconic comedy routines of the last 50 years. From the "Seven Dirty Words" to "A Place for My Stuff" to "Religion Is Bullshit", he perfected the art of making audiences double over with laughter while simultaneously making people wake up to the realities (and insanities) of life in the 20th century. Few people glimpsed the inner life of this beloved comedian, but his only child, Kelly, was there to see it all.
Born at the very beginning of his decades-long career in comedy, she slid around the "old Dodge Dart" as he and wife Brenda drove around the country to "hell gigs". She witnessed his transformation in the '70s, as he fought back against - and talked back to - the establishment; she even talked him down from a really bad acid trip a time or two. ("Kelly, the sun has exploded and we have eight, no, seven-and-a-half minutes to live!") Kelly not only watched her father constantly reinvent himself and his comedy, but also had a front-row seat to the roller-coaster turmoil of her family's inner life - alcoholism, cocaine addiction, life-threatening health scares, and a crushing debt to the IRS. But having been the only "adult" in her family prepared her little for the task of her own adulthood. All the while, Kelly sought to define her own voice as she separated from the shadow of her father's genius.
With rich humor and deep insight, Kelly Carlin pulls back the curtain on what it was like to grow up as the daughter of one of the most recognizable comedians of our time and become a woman in her own right. This vivid, hilarious, heartbreaking story is at once singular and universal - it is a contemplation of what it takes to move beyond the legacy of childhood and forge a life of your own.
The audiobook includes bonus audio recordings of George Carlin and a conversation between Kelly Carlin and Garry Shandling.
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"A wonderful journey"
I learned so much from this, I have always been a George Carlin, tell it like is fan. I always wondered what it would be like growing up Carlin.
Kelly wrote a tell it like it is kind of autobiography that not only showed the strength of a loving family, but also drew me in to the pains and loneliness of being a child of a celebrity. It was well told, as well as moving as she told of her and her family's personal struggles and triumphs. I would strongly recommend this book to keep in you library.
"The trouble with a famous Dad."
Kelly starts out being the parent to famous Dad & Mom. With drugs, alcohol, fame & fortune, George & Brenda's life becomes a train wreck. The kid does everything to keep their universe from exploding. Dad has a few heart attacks and mom finally stops drinking and discovers AA. Then as the parents get their sh** together, teenager Kelly switches rolls with her parents and becomes her own "train wreck". Well written, illustrating why it is so difficult for children of famous people to fine their way in this world. Rich famous busy parents, instead of guiding & parenting, substitute money, gifts indulgence and being 'pals' with their kids. I've always liked George Carlin, Kelly I am afraid is still a train wreck, but I'm not entirely sure it is her fault.
"The Daughter of the Man who Spoke Truth to Power –"
Neither grandiose nor self-pitying. Balancing joy and grief, humor and fear while consistently and disarmingly frank. Speaking Truth to Self and graciously inviting the reader along for the journey. From my psychiatric point of view, a deceptively calm and entertaining lesson in the path from severe dysfunction to maturity and accountability – despite and because of the privilege, deprivation and fate.
"I couldn't stop listening!"
Kelly is an amazing storyteller. Her insight into our family conditioning is suburb. A story of codependency, addiction, and insecurity that was triumphed by finding her truth, living her dreams, and becoming an independent force of nature. Funny, sentimental, truthful and insightful. I loved this book!
"This is not a book about George Carlin"
If you are interested in the story of a child of privilege and her first world problems, this book is for you. Kelly had struggles in life and deep psychological rifts that needed mending, but she had the virtually unlimited money and resources of her successful father to tackle them. This is that story. There is little in this book for fans of George Carlin looking to learn about him as a man rather than the performer we know.
Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Kelly's performance is very flat, she reads her book the way a parent would read a children's book to their child. This is fine in a private setting, but it's clear Kelly never developed her father's gift of gab and performance.
As a memoir of Kelly Carlin, I believe this is properly edited. However, I was expecting the book described in the blurb, the first paragraph of which doesn't even mention Kelly. With that in mind, a vast majority of this book could be cut, as it's deep insights to Kelly's life, a person I had no interest in from the outset, and whom did not live an interesting enough life worth writing such a tome about. She delivers this story without creative or inspiring language as well, making it not even something very well written, but otherwise uninteresting.
George Carlin fans, like myself, can pass on this book. While there are a few good gems in this book about his personal life, it's not worth the slog through Kelly's memoir to find them.
"Such a wonderful and powerful story."
It took me a bit to realize that this is Kelly's story and not George's per se. That turned out to be more than fine! She tells it all so well and there are many laugh out loud moments but also many misty eye throat choker. Grade A! I hope she continues writing and performing.
~one dedicated Carlin fan.
I wish I could give less than one star that was horrible only got about five chapters in I was hoping to read a story about George Carlin not when his daughter got boobs horrible book
"Self centered much"
I loved George's comedy, but this book was all about Kelly. Kelly, Kelly, Kelly. Pour little, selfish, self absorbed, narcissistic Kelly. Don't recommend
"More than you may be ready for"
Shocking, unsettling, triumphant. This is NOT a carefree, happy frolic through the good times of the Carlin family.
I truly don't think I've encountered anything quite like this. Kelly Carlin does not mince words as she tells of her parents and the turmoil success brought to her brilliant but troubled father. But the tone throughout the book is energetic and positive - she obviously loved both her parents and generously shares their story with us.
Hard to imagine anyone else capturing the empathy, the frustration and the love we hear in Kelly Carlin's voice throughout.
We're talking George Carlin here - OF COURSE there are laughs, but they come between other stories many listeners may find quite disturbing. The darkest, most unsettling part of the book might be the last section, a very long interview with Gary Shandling that could very well have been his last.
Memorable and remarkably frank. I'm grateful to Kelly Carlin for sharing.
"The Man, The Icon, The Love "
If you've ever enjoyed Carlin's work, you'll love learning about the man. This is an incredible story of love.
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