By James Sullivan
In Seven soiled phrases, journalist and cultural critic James Sullivan tells the tale of other the US from the Nineteen Fifties to the current, from the singular vantage aspect of George Carlin, the Catholic boy for whom not anything was once sacred. A serious biography, Seven soiled phrases is an insightful (and, in fact, hilarious) exam of Carlin’s physique of labor because it pertained to its cultural instances and the fellow who created it, from his early days as amore-or-less traditional comic to his wonderful transformation into the subversive comedic voice of the rising counterculture. Sullivan additionally chronicles Carlin’s struggles with censorship and medication, in addition to the full-blown renaissance he skilled within the Nineteen Nineties, either in my view and professionally, while he turned an elder statesman to a more youthful iteration of comics who respected him. Seven soiled phrases is not anything under the definitive biography of an American grasp who replaced the area, and likewise a piece of cultural observation which frames George Carlin’s outstanding legacy.
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I’m not trying to denigrate what they did. It’s just that they weren’t in that category yet. I have this visual image of them in suits. It was a very straight comedy act. ” Still, their introduction to Hollywood could hardly have been more propitious. They quickly picked up an agent, a Tinseltown operator named Murray Becker, who’d been a road manager with Rowan and Martin, future hosts of NBC’s zany, lava-lamp-style sketch comedy show Laugh-In. Dan Rowan and Dick Martin were already familiar to a national audience by 1960, having alternated with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin as weekly hosts of NBC’s Colgate Comedy Hour.
I was one of those guys who didn’t try too hard in 306818295-text:Layout 1 22 | 3/23/10 4:12 PM Page 22 SEVEN DIRTY WORDS school,” he explained. ” “And they’d smack you on the head just to get it started for you,” he joked. Always trying to make his classmates laugh, he found himself increasingly assigned to detention hall with Father Stanislaus Jablonski. “Jabbo,” as the students called him, was a strict disciplinarian, otherwise known as the Mean Dean or the Sinister Minister. Jablonski, a New York City fixture who would be appointed monsignor by Pope John XXIII in 1961, had a calm resolve that was so recognizable to generations of Hayesmen that one alumnus, who went on to work in television, suggested the father’s colorful name for a character on Hill Street Blues.
Saturday nights were reserved for a talent show, with campers concocting singing groups, playlets, magic acts, and other amateur performances. At the end of each season boys were honored for excellence in various categories, including drama. ” Carlin, meanwhile, opted to go it alone, delivering comic monologues and shaggy-dog stories. “I don’t know whether he got them from radio, or what,” recalls Leo Cullum, a nephew of Uncle Jack’s who attended the camp from 1948–1959. “But he was very good. He had your attention.
7 Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin by James Sullivan