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Funny Books - George Carlin - When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?

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When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?
George Carlin
Hyperion 2004
295 pages

Much like Sunday dinner, When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops? is good, contains some warmed over stuff and leftovers, and its share of gristle.

This is stand-up comic George Carlin's third volume of the various writings he has lying around in his file cabinets and joke books. It follows Braindroppings and Napalm & Silly Putty and if you liked the first two, you will enjoy this one.

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The one thing about this collection of essays, observations, and humorous writings is there is no table of contents. It would have allowed the reader to quickly jump to be better sections of the book while avoiding what can most generously be called filler and stuff the editor lost the battle of wills over.

Carlin's forte is and has always been language. The many sections on euphemisms are a verbalist's delight and biting commentary on the watered-down, feminized as Carlin puts it, society we live in. Fans of this comic's stand-up work will already be familiar with sections such as Shell Shock to PTSD and The March of Time but there are enough new takes on Carlin's pet peeve to interest even those who own all the cds and Dvds.

Second on George Carlin most wanted list is religion, followed by politics, stupid people, and the media. All of these targets are approached with a scattershot approach that produces more hits than misses but not as many bulls eyes as you might expect.

Much less interesting, and perhaps somewhat self-indulgent, are the various one or two page dialogue bits, such as a conversation between Mary and Joseph or News Report: The Death of Humpty Dumpty. These are at best performance pieces that on paper simply do not work.

The gristle consists in the Uncle So and So and the letters to someone sections.

Overall, this is a pretty good comedy book, especially if you are a Carlin fan. If you are not, check out his later material and if that passes the test, get the book.

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