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A Carlin Home Companion:

Growing Up with George




performed by Kelly Carlin

directed by Paul Provenza


October 2013


Deftly weaving her amusing yet poignant family stories with classic video footage of her father’s career and family memorabilia, Kelly Carlin, the only child of iconoclastic comedian George Carlin, takes the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions and pulls back the curtain on their life together off stage. Chronicling over forty years of her life with her father, Kelly warmly yet honestly reveals not only what it was like to be swept up by his life and career, but the struggles of their father/daughter relationship and ultimately what it took for Kelly to find her own place in the world. Join us for this unexpected, loving and revealing look at the man who constantly redefined himself in order to redefined 20th century comedy.



“Like her father before her, Kelly is a deft and capable storyteller – a natural entertainer who, as the product of a rather unnatural childhood, held all in attendance captive and spellbound as she recounted tales of alcoholism,

cocaine abuse and life as a showbiz kid.”



“While Kelly Carlin obviously shares her father’s love of wordplay and imagery…

she may exceed him when it comes to grace and generosity as a storyteller.”

Austin Chronicle


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KELLY CARLIN (performer) As a young girl, Kelly Carlin showed her many gifts early on – from writing and performing (her Ethel Merman imitation was quite good for an eight year old) to fostering wisdom far beyond her years. Well, someone had to keep the “counter-culture” and all its party favors from killing her parents Brenda and George Carlin. Kelly began her showbiz life working in TV production for her mother and father on various shows for HBO (read – production assistant who does all the Xeroxing). In 1993, at the not-so-ripe age of 30, she graduated from UCLA, Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Communications Studies (no, she was not stupid, it’s just that she had a few panic attacks, a crazy first husband, and what felt like the weight of the world on her shoulders for a few years). While at UCLA, Kelly discovered her voice as a writer, which lead her to a brief career in writing for film and TV with her writing partner and husband Robert McCall where they penned the Rose McGowan b-movie thriller “Devil in the Flesh,” and an episode of Fox’s The George Carlin Show. In the late 1990s, after she was pretty sure that mainstream showbiz was not her cup of tea, she pursued her craft through various media such as writing/producing/hosting “Lost in LA LA Land” on the earliest online comedy channel Comedynet, and writing/performing her one-woman show Driven To Distraction about her tumultuous childhood and her mother’s recent death. In 2001, after two decades in “the biz”, Kelly stepped away to pursue her love of Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung and mythology and received her masters in Jungian Depth Psychology. She thought she might become a therapist, but then after a few years away from writing and performing, her desire to be on a stage and yell the word “fuck” kept gnawing at her, and so she decided to follow the call of the stage once again. Kelly is currently busy with numerous projects. Monthly, she hosts a Sirius XM radio show The Kelly Carlin Show which spotlights her conversations with iconic comedians, and live weekly she hosts her podcast “Waking from the American Dream” at where she converses with comedians, authors, visionaries and artists about the comedy and tragedy of life.  Currently she is selling out theaters with her one-woman show A Carlin Home Companion. In the recent past, she has interviewed a few legendary comedians for‘s On Comedy CD series, and had a blast talent producing for Showtime Network’s The Green Room with Paul Provenza

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