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When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? Book Review

George Carlin.  The ultimate Man’s Man.  His comedy skits were groundbreaking, as he so brutally uttered the hidden thoughts of the American masses.  His comedy was merely funny because it was true…people could relate to it.  In one of his early books, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, Carlin doesn’t disappoint…as he expresses his thoughts on everything from annoying euphemisms to brilliant ideas for new reality TV shows…from his commentary on various Bible stories to how to deal with the spike in the American population.

When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? is a hilarious and honest look into contemporary social and political issues.  While some of the skits are a tad bit dated now (who else is sick of George W. jokes?), they still will not fail in making you laugh…or at least chuckle at how spot on Carlin is with his material.

Reading this book straight through can be rather monotonous, since many of the short segments deal with the same topics…just with different insults.  Instead, dip into this book here and there.  Browse through it or read a little bit at a time.  Like most comedians will often tell you, sometimes less is more.

When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? is a great gift idea for dads, brothers, and grandpas alike.  Pair it with Carlin’s much better book, Last Words…or pick up the recording of his It’s Bad for Ya performance (personally, I’d spring for the CD).  It was one of the last times, if not the last, Carlin graced the comedic stage…and ironically his routines seem to act as a perfect eulogy to the man who reawakened standup comedy.

NEXT WEEK:  Shakespeare scholars are being killed off one by one…and each murder scene seems to be taken right out of one of Shakespeare’s plays.  Can one Shakespearian hunt down the literary murderer before she finds herself as dead as Juliet?

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