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Truly the voice of a generation, George Carlin gave the world some of the most hysterical and iconic comedy routines of the last fifty 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 twentieth 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 wehave 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.


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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