George Carlin Celebrates 50 Years In Showbiz

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

Since George Carlin earned his first professional laughs a half-century ago, the country has experienced 10 presidents, three wars and a dozen HBO specials featuring his unique brand of observational humor, social satire and political jabs.

What has kept him going so long? The occasional encouraging word: "My Aunt Aggie once said, 'You're very clever.' " He also has been known to employ "bribery, treachery, blackmail, trained audiences and targeted assassinations."

In honor of his 50 years in showbiz, the DVD collection George Carlin: All My Stuff, with the 12 TV concerts plus two bonus discs, arrives in stores today. At $190, that's costly stuff. But just watching the funnyman's shifting hairstyles in ever-intensifying shades of gray as his act matures over four decades is fairly priceless.

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