Last Words (book)

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Last Words
Last Words by George Carlin.jpg
Author George Carlin with Tony Hendra
Country United States
Language English
Subject Autobiography
Genre Non-fiction
Published November 10, 2009 Free Press
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 320
ISBN 1-4391-7295-1
Preceded by Three Times Carlin: An Orgy of George

Last Words is the autobiography of American stand-up comedian George Carlin.[1][2] It was published on November 10, 2009. Last Words tells the story of his life from his conception, literally, to his final years; he died on June 22, 2008 at the age of 71. He also wrote a special parting gift to the world. The book contains photos taken throughout Carlin's life.

In 1993, George Carlin asked his friend and bestselling author Tony Hendra to help him write his autobiography, although Carlin called it a "sortabiography".[3] The two of them had scores of conversations, many were recorded, for almost fifteen years. During the conversations, they discussed Carlin's life, times, and evolution as a major comedian artist. After Carlin died, Hendra set out to assemble the book just as Carlin would have wanted.[citation needed]

This book was also released twice in Audiobook format. The first recording at unabridged length narrated by Johnny Heller and the second with George's brother Patrick reading an abridgment.


  1. ^ "Comedian George Carlin's 'Last Words'". National Public Radio. November 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ Steve Appleford (November 28, 2009). "'Last Words' by George Carlin". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ Jeff Nussbaum (December 29, 2009). "George Carlin, daring and delightful to the end". The Washington Post. 

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