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A memoir from the daughter of George Carlin "a hero to many, but a father to one" - Bill Maher. Jerry Seinfeld. Jon Stewart. Lewis Black. Margaret Cho. Chris Rock. Bill Maher. Jay Leno. These comedians all have at least one thing in common: George Carlin. Truly the voice of a generation, George Carlin was an integral part of and wry commentator upon the American cultural landscape for nearly 50 years. Who among us doesn't have particular favorite George Carlin role, routine or quote? And finally, the only child of George Carlin gives readers a look behind the many personas and insight into the man holding the microphone.

Author Notes

Kelly Carlin was born in Ohio in 1963. She received her Master's Degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She presently tours her critically acclaimed solo show, A Carlin Home Companion, hosts two radio shows - The Kelly Carlin Show on SiriusXM and Waking from the American Dream on SModcast Network, and blogs for the Huffington Post. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Bob McCall and their Jack Russell Terrier, Stella.

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Booklist Review

In a career spanning almost six decades, legendary humorist George Carlin wielded a great influence far beyond the stand-up comedy world, authoring books of trenchant social criticism and provoking a major Supreme Court case on profanity with his seven dirty words routine. Born in 1963, just before her father skyrocketed to fame, Carlin's daughter, Kelly, witnessed a major chunk of the comedian's career firsthand. In this bittersweet but thoroughly entertaining memoir, Kelly transcribes and expands on her acclaimed solo stage show of the same title, and adds colorful anecdotes and insights into her father's character. Along with the already familiar details about Carlin's drug addiction and rehab history, Kelly also includes many brighter moments of the pair's sillier misadventures together. More than simply offering a biography of her father, Kelly also tells a much-needed, revealing story about what it means to grow up in the shadow of fame and overcome dysfunctional, show-business-family patterns on the way to her own successful performing and writing career.--Hays, Carl Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

The home life of legendary countercultural comedian George Carlin was a barrel of laughs, drugs, and dysfunctions, according to this wry, raw memoir by his only child. Kelly Carlin, a radio host and monologist, recounts her parents' devotion to booze, weed, cocaine, and pills; their multiple arrests for obscenity, drug possession, and DUI; and her mother's near-death from alcoholism. Carlin also describes the electric aura of fame surrounding her father and the shadow it threw on her and her mother, as well as his miscellaneous psychotic breaks, including the time George urgently warned family and friends that the sun had exploded. The legacy for the author was an incredibly lax upbringing, her own epic substance abuse (in high school her dad happily gave her money to buy pot), ill-considered relationships, crippling panic attacks, and a feckless adulthood spent nibbling at the edges of the entertainment industry. Carlin's absorption in herself and her family melodrama is intense; the narrative is full of neediness, narcissism, and name dropping-"Nothing could possibly top having sex with Leif Garrett in Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett's bed"-and her accounts of her parent's funerary rites drag on for chapters. Still, she captures the wackiness of celebrity-hood, and pens a vivid portrait of her parents, with acerbic wit and real pathos. Agent: Eddie Pietzak, Renaissance. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

1 The Moon and Venus Rise Togetherp. 1
2 Westside Storyp. 10
3 The American Dreamp. 18
4 The Three Musketeersp. 30
5 She's Leavinc Homep. 44
6 This is the Endp. 58
7 Sober-Ishp. 72
8 Häagen-Dazs and Sinsemillap. 84
9 Sex, Drugs...p. 94
10 ...And Rock And Rollp. 101
11 Prince Charmingp. 107
12 I Know I'm In Here Somewherep. 117
13 Whack! Thump!p. 129
14 "Mother and Child Reunion"p. 138
15 A Slice of Patty-Cakep. 150
16 Right Foot Forward, Left Foot Backp. 163
17 What It Looks Like When the Other Shoe Dropsp. 175
18 "Sunday Will Never Be the Same"p. 188
19 True Naturep. 199
20 When a Triangle Becomes a Squarep. 204
21 Unspoken Wordsp. 217
22 The Clown and the Gurup. 228
23 Plan Bp. 242
24 Long and Winding Roadp. 253
25 Out On a Limbp. 261
26 Sunday Will Definitely Never Be the Samep. 274
27 Episode Number 268 of Kelly's Surreal Life, Or the Sun and the Buddha (I Can't Decide)p. 284
28 He Was Here Just A Minute Agop. 293
29 Ashes to Ashesp. 301
Epiloguep. 317
Postscriptp. 319
Acknowledgmentsp. 321

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