Portrait of a flawed human genius – an observer

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Since launching a video-sharing channel called Youtube in 2005, we’ve had access to most of the human gems: an hour of paint drying on a wall, a kitten’s playing keys, and Gerrog W. Bush said the Iraq war was a crime and the realization that it might have been. What more could you want?

Over time, we’ve learned two or three things about how YouTube works: Every week there’s a video that goes viral; Since 2009, any video that enters the list of the most viewed videos of all time is an official music video; Periodically, someone brings to the podium eight minutes of George Carlin’s famous (1937-2008) quote about conservative Americans. Professional life.

From a purely technical point of view, it is not only the miracle of writing (“Not every landing deserves a name” is a perfectly fine one line), but also for presenting the text with the right emotion and intonation:

These conservatives are anything: They’re all for the unborn child, and they do everything for the unborn child – but when you’re born you’re on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus, from pregnancy up to 9 months – from then on they don’t care about you (…): if you’re prenatal, you’re cool, if you’re preschool you’re fucking. The Conservatives want you to fuck yourself until you’re of military age—you’re cool (…): The Conservatives want living kids to grow up to be dead soldiers.”

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The center quote, paraphrased above, lasts 1 minute and 15 minutes of pure conception of what Americans say is the comedian as a teller of earthly truths: the comedian who says what no one else says, who is shocked by the brutality of his conclusions, for the honesty that It breaks the conventions of what can be said, in the search for emotional truth.

[o trailer de “George Carlin’s American Dream:]

Knowing this mob and knowing this stage of George Carlin is a kind of rite of passage for all people who have grown up and suspect that adults, with their rules and appearance of well-behaved, are (how do you say?) liars, hypocrites and deceivers. There comes an age when we are ready to find out who removes this curtain from the bourgeoisie (passing the expression) and goes with a hammer to scrape good morals, on our way to saying the “facts”.

That’s when we meet Carlene, when a new video of Carlene is uploaded to Youtube, and generation after generation another legion of fans is born to the man who invented standing as a stage to say what you think, or confess (under the form of a mob) the darkest thoughts. Long before Bill Burr, long before Louis CK, and long before Dave Chappelle, it was Carlin who invented the genre, reinventing the standing posture as a form of high-waisted, boxing fight with the crowd, a vital space for the necessary fad.

We’ve never met Carlene — at least until “The American Dream,” the two-part documentary about Carlene’s life that premieres Tuesday, May 24 on HBO Max, not only shows us a side of Carlene we never knew, but also shows that we never met Carlene. There was not just one Carlin, but many people: the one who never got over his childhood traumas, the one who wanted to be a good husband, the one with fundamental problems and the diverse comedian Carlins who followed, in rare and even today she has never overcome the ability to renewal.

George Carlin is the son of a New Yorker – but also from a broken home, the product of a violent father who beat up Carlin’s mother and older brother (this brother appears in the documentary, as is Carlin’s daughter). The violence was such that Carlin’s mother fled with her two children (George, two months old, in her arms, the oldest, aged five, by his mother) and disappeared months ago.

But Karelin’s mother managed to remake her life, and her youngest son, with age, showed that he had inherited his parents’ talent for words: he was able to imitate the accents of actors, typical adult phrases, of teachers. Over time, he developed this ability to memorize and imitate – and so he became a clown (for class, for a group of friends) and noticed that he was clapping and that feeling – being something else in front of a group of people and getting their approval through laughter – that’s what he wanted for his life.

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