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George Carlin: Jammin' in New York -- When George Carlin is asked which HBO concert is his favorite, his answer is always, "Jammin' In New York." The reasons are several: It was his first HBO show done live; it was the first he had done in his hometown, New York City; and it was the largest audience he had ever worked before: 6,500.

But Carlin says it also represented a newfound sophistication in his writing. "It was the first time I had done truly extended pieces consisting of separate sections all flowing together. It was a big leap for me."

The show, taped at the Paramount Theater in Madison Square Garden and winner of the 1992 CableACE Award, is a perfect blend of biting social commentary and more gently-observed observational pieces.


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George Carlin ... Himself

Directed by
Rocco Urbisci 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Carlin 

Produced by
Brenda Carlin .... executive producer
George Carlin .... producer
Jerry Hamza .... executive producer
Bob Livengood .... associate producer
Kimber Rickabaugh .... producer
Rocco Urbisci .... producer
Production Design by
Bruce Ryan 
Set Decoration by
Brenda Carlin 
Gage Williams 
Makeup Department
Frances A. Kolar .... makeup designer
Production Management
Gary Natoli .... stage production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Liz Plonka .... associate director
Sound Department
Terry Kulchar .... sound
Michael Stone .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Theodore Ashton .... camera operator
Allen Branton .... lighting designer
John Burdick .... camera operator
Ed Crosby .... camera operator
Larry Heider .... camera operator
Charlie Huntley .... camera operator
Bill Lance .... video tape operator
Ron Smith .... camera operator
Other crew
Terry Adams .... supervisor
John Bradley .... supervisor
Sandy Broadway .... assistant to producers
George Carlin .... executive album producer
Gene Crowe .... technical director
Ros Davis .... production assistant
Michele DuPepe .... production coordinator
Jacquelyn A. Gibbons .... production assistant (as Jackie Gibbons)
George Singer .... production coordinator
William S. Turchyn .... production assistant
James Urbisci .... production assistant
Jill Whelon .... production assistant
Keith Winikoff .... video
Dennis Blair .... special thanks
Sam Kinison .... dedicatee (as Sam)

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Carlin dedicated the special to Sam Kinison who died two weeks before airing. Carlin was inspired by Kinison's loud voice to raise his own vocal level.See more »
George Carlin:This country has only been around for 200 years, and we've already had 10 major wars. We average a major war every 20 years in this country. So we're good at it.See more »
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Sound and the Fury, 25 November 2005
Author: nycritic

If George Carlin has been known to use outrage and combine it with a razor-sharp wit to express his comedy, and if in his previous outing: DOING IT AGAIN, he was his usual manic, curmudgeonly self, JAMMIN' IN NEW YORK finds him just this shy of pure rage.

It comes to no surprise to anyone who has seen Carlin on stage that he isn't one to shy away from telling it like it is for better or for worse. He begins his routine by immediately going political: about the Persian Gulf War, he says, "It's first war we've had that was on every news channel, plus cable. We like war because we're a war-like people (...) We're good at it. And it's a good thing we are, we're not very good at anything else anymore!" With this he begins his attack on how we as a nation can bomb other countries, especially "brown people" (except Germans, and only because they were trying to 'cut in on our action.'). He talks about being his own person, someone who thinks for himself, and about how war is about "prick-waving" and nothing else. And seeing it today as yesterday it makes sense: all he's pointing the finger at is on the general situation and where we're headed, and no one is better than he in making war as a concept a sexual thing and an issue of manhood.

But he soon gets the political stuff out of the way, and goes into dissertations on embarrassing situations -- the trivial things we go through -- which are flat-out funny. No one better than Carlin to talk about how when there are times when you're coming up the stairs and think there is one extra step, or when you've woken up and not known which day it was. And of course, his forte: language, and our misuse or over use of it for things that don't need such technicality. Who better than he to talk about the minutiae of airplane instructions? Carlin, with his wonderful language and powerful wit, makes it happen. Often, it's funny, sometimes, a little cringe-inducing, but give me someone who does not like his humor and his incursions into the darker side of humanity and I will give you a liar. What is comedy, than a reflection of people's foibles and human tragedy?

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