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George Carlin’s American Dream


Directed by

Judd Apatow
Michael Bonfiglio

Produced by

Wayne Federman

Distributed by

HBO Documentary Films/HBO Max


George Carlin’s American Dream chronicles the life and work of the legendary comedian who is remembered as one of the most influential stand-up comics of all time. George Carlin’s career spanned half a century during which he headlined 14 HBO comedy specials and appeared on The Tonight Show over 130 times, constantly evolving with the times and staying sharply resonant up until his death in 2008 and beyond.

The two-part documentary tracks Carlin’s rise to fame and opens an intimate window into Carlin’s personal life, including his childhood in New York City, his long struggle with drugs that took its toll on his health, his brushes with the law, his loving relationship with Brenda, his wife of 36 years, and his second marriage to Sally Wade. Intimate interviews with Carlin and Brenda’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, offer unique insight into her family’s story and her parents enduring love and partnership.

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