On April 24 and 25, 1992, hard-thinkin', pre-deceased comedian George Carlin performed brilliantly before two full houses at Madison Square Garden's Paramount Theater. Soon after, the performances were cut together and broadcast on HBO as Jammin' in New York. The audio version went on to win the Grammy for Best Spoken Comedy Album in 1993. Carlin spent the next 15 years writing, acting, thinking, performing, winning two more Grammys and three American Comedy Awards, including a lifetime achievement award. Everything seemed to be going fairly well until June 18, 2008, when Carlin was notified that he would be receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor that November. Four days later, he died. Fortunately, Carlin had spent some of his final decade to writing memoirs, and these will be published by Simon & Schuster's Free Press as Last Words on November 17. To celebrate, Jammin' in New York -- Carlin's favorite of his 14 HBO specials -- will screen as part of The Actors' Gang's WTF?! Festival; following the screening, Carlin's daughter, Kelly Carlin-McCall, will answer your questions and read from her father's new book. You will invite me and offer to pay for my ticket, and I will gratefully accept.
Wed., Nov. 4, 8 p.m., 2009