George Carlin Jammin' In New York is an exceptional stand-up comedy DVD in many ways.
It was the first live on HBO George Carlin performance, it features some of this veteran and sometimes genius stand-up comic's best comedy material ever, and also includes one of George Carlin's longest set pieces, Airline Announcements, where the comic uses his sharp observational skills, his love of words, and his hatred for artificial language. Jammin' In New York also includes the best comedy bit about the uselessness of golf ever.
The really scary thing about George Carlin Jammin' In New York is how still a propos its opening number, Rockets and Penises in the Persian Gulf, is.
You know Carlin is talking about the first Iraq war and George Bush senior but it also applies to the current war in Iraq and George Bush junior as well as Dick Cheney. George Carlin is not kidding when he says "we're a war like country" on this stand-up comedy DVD.
It is on this stand-up comedy DVD and live HBO performance that this stand-up comic is at his most socially relevant. Both Golf Courses for the Homeless and The Planet Is Fine (The People Are Screwed) are vicious but intelligent and thoughtful attacks on modern society and humanity.
In later years, Carlin is vicious but a lot of it sound and fury signifying nothing and you get the feeling he is just going through the motions his audience expects, on Jammin' In New York the comic actually put thought behind the words and commentary.
Little Things We Share, the second cut on this stand-up comedy DVD is also very funny. Here, Carlin uses his observational skills to bring people together by pointing out what we all have in common. This, however, is just a set-up for the closing number where he rips people and their habits apart.
This stand-up comedy DVD, Jammin' In New York is George Carlin at the top of his form, something you will not get again until his Life Is Worth Losing some fifteen years later.
Other George Carlin Reviews
Complaints And Grievances: This Carlin CD is just Bitching and Moaning By An Old Fart.
Life Is Worth Losing: The George Carlin comedy CD that is going to rehabilitate him as still being one of the greats.
Doin' It Again: George Carlin is not always absolutely brilliant on Doin' It Again, the DVD version
George Carlin 1937 - 2008: Proved to be, as he wished, too hip for the room
When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?: contains some warmed over stuff and leftovers, and gristle
The Serious George Carlin Page: Everything you want to know about Carlin on CD and DVD
November 08 George Carlin Releases: Article about 11/08 releases
Editorial - George Carlin Receives Mark Twain Prize: About time Carlin got the Mark Twain but guest list is rather questionable
It's Bad For Ya - DVD: Carlin's last HBO special. He was too hip for the room but the room loved him.
It's Bad For Ya - CD: George Carlin's swan song comedy CD is no turkey
George Carlin On Location aka at USC (1977): First Carlin HBO Special became the On the Road CD
The Comedy Network - George Carlin It's Bad For Ya 05/16/09 10 P.M.: Last Carlin HBO comedy special is great.
Last Words - a memoir: semi autobiographical book is pretty decent and honest
The George Carlin Letters: Not particularly interesting and certainly not revealing.
Conversations With Carlin: 2001 interview where the author asked Carlin all the right questions. Very interesting and revealing.