Ref NoBSUCA/JP/1/2/9
CollectionJohn Pidgeon Collection
TitleGeorge Carlin interviewed for 'Talking Comedy'
Name of creatorPidgeon, John, 1947-2016
Date16/01/1997
Duration1 hr. 9 min. 59 sec.
Extent1 sound cassette (DAT 125)
1 audio file Broadcast WAVE Format
DescriptionGeorge Carlin interviewed by John Pidgeon at Mars Studio, Santa Monica, for 'Talking Comedy', a BBC Radio 2 programme in which comedians talk about the people that make them laugh. This is the unedited interview, not the programme as broadcast.
John Pigeon talks with George Carlin about what the show 'Talking Comedy' is about. [1.25] George Carlin discusses his inexperience of analysing comedy and his awe and attitude toward the subject matter. [3.53] Carlin discusses the radio comedians and his introduction to comedy. [6.35] Mimicry and the start to being funny. [7.30] The power of comedy [9.28] Starting to tell jokes and his parents. [13.54] Carlin's road to stand-up comedy [14.56] The second wave of influence and his job as a DJ in the Air Force. [16.20] The revolution of America's sick comedians. [19.01] Lenny Bruce and Carlin's next steps. [21.45] Jack Burns and George Carlin doing an act together and their movement. [26.43] Carlin's advancement [31.01] Lord Buckley and his style of comedy. [34.40] Beyond the Fringe. [38.40] Sam Kinison. [40.41] Attitude. [41.30] The reason for people's resentment and his impossible solutions. [45.30] Identity and being an outsider. [46.40] Working in New York and Richard Pryor. [52.30] Jackie Mason and his intellectual and controversial comedy. [57.01] Albert Brookes and his unconventional comic career. [58.59] Steven Wright and his incredibly observational and well-written comedy. [1.01.02] Monty Python, Fawlty Towers and the chaos which they create. [1.03.12] Johnathan Winters. [1.06.50] The Book Club with Burns and Carlin. [1.08.32] The interview ends but Carlin records radio transitions and just general conversation between the two [end of recording].
[Summary by Matthew Hoss]
NotesLPCM wave 16 bit 44.1kHz. Digital Audio Tape (DAT) captured using a Mac running MacOS; SPDIF connection via RME PCI card. Digitisation engineer Adrian Finn, Greatbear analogue & digital media ltd. Digital file topped and tailed.
CategoryAudio recordings
Access conditionsThis recording is available for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU for study/research purposes only. Access to audio-visual recordings is through digital listening copies. The University of Kent acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors in this recording and the rights of those not identified.
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