In his New York City grammar school, George Carlin was known as a "disruptive influence in the classroom." With this concert, the ultimate class clown is back at school at UCLA, making ... See full summary »
George Carlin brings his comedy back to New Jersey and this time talks about Offensive Language, Euphemisms, They're Only Words, Dogs, Things you never hear, see or wanna hear, Some people ... See full summary »
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... See full summary »
In "Complaints & Grievances," George Carlin's 12th HBO comedy special, taped at the Beacon Theater in New York on November 17, 2001 (ten weeks after 9/11), Carlin casts his usual jaundiced ... See full summary »
Performing at the Celebrity Star Theater in Phoenix on July 23, 1978, Carlin mesmerizes his audience in the second of his 12 HBO specials. The show was originally planned as part of a ... See full summary »
Legendary comic Carlin comes back to the Beacon theater to angrily rant about airport security, germs, cigars, angels, children and parents, men, names, religion, god, advertising, Bill Jeff and minorities.
It's Bad For Ya, Carlin's Emmy-nominated 14th and final HBO special from March of 2008 features Carlin's noted irreverent and unapologetic observations on topics ranging from death, ... See full summary »
For more than four decades, George Carlin has made us laugh with his provocative style of stand-up comedy. This HBO special presentation highlights the best of his live performances in Los ... See full summary »
This special video looks at George Carlin's best comedy material from 1977-1990. This special edition looks at his famous Seven dirty words, baseball and football, losing things, dogs and ... See full summary »
A short B&W film, NOT to be confused with the actual "Playin' With Your Head" stand-up routine
"The Envelope" is a short film written by and starring George Carlin. It was included at the start of George Carlin's fifth HBO special, "Playin' With Your Head". It serves as a tremendously long (and anti-climatic) lead-in to the stand-up performance. Any VHS or DVD copy of "Playin' With Your Head" will also include "The Envelope" at the start. It's hard to think of it as being anything more than a long amusing intro inserted to lead into the actual stand-up comedy performance. But since IMDb lists it as a separate piece, here's my take.
The short film is set as a stereotypical 1930-40s detective story. It's presented in black & white and has bits of the expected slow jazz music, albeit with synthesizer saxophone instead of real brass. Carlin plays Mike Holder, the gumshoe hero. As expected there are dames, henchmen, an attempted murder, and a chase scene. It's hard to say much more without describing the story in full.
"The Envelope" doesn't really have any laughs. In that sense it reminds me of like the SNL skit "Don't Look Back In Anger" where an elderly John Belushi looks over the graves of other cast members. Not comedy, not Oscar-winning; just a comedian having fun trying something else.
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