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Last (four-letter) words

George Carlin family photo
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Courtesy Kelly Carlin-McCall

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For more than ten years before his death in 2008, comedian George Carlin worked on his memoir with Tony Hendra, one of the original editors of "National Lampoon" magazine. In the just-released autobiography "Last Words," Carlin reveals who influenced his comedy as well as the origins of routines like "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television." Carlin also writes frankly about his turbulent relationships and struggles with substance abuse. Larry Mantle talks with Kelly Carlin-McCall about her father's life and signature humor.

Kelly Carlin will be signing copies of “Last Words” at Book Soup in Los Angeles on December 5, and at Small World Books in Venice on December 12.


Kelly Carlin-McCall, George Carlin's daughter. Her father George Carlin's memoir with Tony Hendra is titled "Last Words" (Free Press).