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The “Last Words” of George Carlin


You know his dirtiest words, but what about his last?

Legendary comedian George Carlin’s (posthumous) memoir, Last Words comes out this week, and Rooftop has partnered with publisher Simon & Schuster to bring you some exclusive, in-depth content. Today? A juicy excerpt from the raw and wrenching manuscript. All week? Audio and video clips featuring Carlin’s closest friends and family, reading from the book and extolling the foul-mouthed virtues of the First Amendment’s best friend.

From the publisher:

As one of America’s preeminent comedic voices, George Carlin saw it all throughout his extraordinary fifty-year career and made fun of most of it. Last Words is the story of the man behind some of the most seminal comedy of the last half century, blending his signature acer-bic humor with never-before-told stories from his own life.

In 1993 George Carlin asked his friend and bestselling author Tony Hendra to help him write his autobiography. For almost fifteen years, in scores of conversations, many of them recorded, the two discussed Carlin’s life, times, and evolution as a major artist. When Carlin died at age seventy-one in June 2008 with the book still unpublished, Hendra set out to assemble it as his friend would have wanted. Last Words is the result, the rollicking, wrenching story of Carlin’s life from birth — literally — to his final years, as well as a parting gift of laughter to the world of comedy he helped create.

In celebration of the man who dared to utter those seven unutterables (and, perhaps more significantly, dared to so brashly assert his right to free speech that the Supreme Court was compelled to step in and quash all the fun), we urge you to spend the day wielding the word “motherfucker” like a hand-crafted sword of justice, striking down any enemies or censors who dare to cross your path.

George and Patrick Carlin (Courtesy of Kelly Carlin-McCall)

George and Patrick Carlin (Courtesy of Kelly Carlin-McCall)

Need a little motivation? Download an excerpt from the book: Excerpt – Last Words

Not enough for you, greedy goblin? Click here and enter to win a super primo prize pack that includes Print edition and audio edition of Last Words; Classic Gold, the deluxe 2-CD set including Carlin’s first 3 albums (Am & Fm, Class Clown, and Occupation: Foole); and a collection of Carlin’s top selling DVDs.


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Time: November 1, 2010, 8:03 am

It is great listen to that legendary entertainer. I am very much pleased to see the picture of George and Patrick Carlin. What nice picture it is! I’ve enjoyed reading the article. Thanks for sharing.

Comment from Headphones
Time: January 19, 2011, 3:50 am

He was a great man! I loved listening to him and watching him! May he rest in peace :(

Comment from pokeredge
Time: February 8, 2011, 8:21 am

When Carlin died at age seventy-one in June 2008 with the book still unpublished, Hendra set out to assemble it as his friend would have wanted. Thank you for a great job well done

Comment from Steve Russillo
Time: February 12, 2011, 1:10 pm

George’s brother Patrick reads the audio version of Last Words, and his voice is so *uncannily similar* to George’s that is it nearly impossible not to feel that George is reading his own words!! (Mildly surreal moment: in the section where George wrote a lot about Patrick, you’re thinking you’re hearing George talking about his brother, but in reality it’s Patrick reading aloud about himself.)

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Time: March 1, 2011, 4:51 am

That’s a really good peek at the beginning of the book he has a very great look on life and that clearly comes across.

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