Kelly Carlin, daughter of comedy legend George Carlin will perform her acclaimed one-woman show, A Carlin Home Companion: Growing up with George, at New York’s All For One Theater Festival (AFO) this fall at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) on October 11, 13, 17 and 19. It is directed by Paul Provenza, who also helmed the celebrated documentary, “The Aristocrats.”
Deftly weaving her amusing yet poignant family stories with classic video footage of her father’s career and family memorabilia, Carlin takes the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions and pulls back the curtain on her life with her father off stage.
A Carlin Home Companion: Growing up with George was born on a comedy cruise where Lewis Black demanded Kelly’s participation. He invited Kelly and her husband to create a one-day event, suggesting that she tell some stories and play some of her father’s videos. Kelly had no idea what she would do, but was not going to pass up a chance to go on a comedy cruise with Lewis Black and his comic friends. On the morning of the event, she picked nine videos from several of her father’s compilation DVDs, played them in chronological order and told family stories. The audience of 400 hardcore Lewis Black fans and comics laughed and cried. Agents and managers on board told her to tour it. She was moved by the idea of taking her father to the cities he had played over the course of his career so that his fans could have one last time with him – a “George Carlin Farewell Tour” of sorts. At the same time, they’d get to meet Kelly and hear her story. Paul Provenza wanted to direct and soon after had booked her for Montreal’s Just For Laughs in the summer of 2011. The show also played San Francisco’s Sketchfest 2012, the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland OR in 2012, SXSW in 2012, JFL Chicago in 2012, JFL Toronto 2012, and a sold-out limited engagement in Los Angeles in 2012.
KELLY CARLIN began her dream of a showbiz life watching her dad take the stage everywhere from college campuses to Carnegie Hall, and watching her heroes Lily Tomlin, Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett on TV. Her early jobs in the business included being a production assistant for her parents, and acting in an HBO pilot as a punk rock Girl Scout. She graduated UCLA at the age of 30 with a B.A. in Communications Studies; she too doesn’t know what that means. She began writing for film and TV with her husband Robert McCall, went on to write/host/produce for the earliest online comedy channel, Comedynet. She then wrote and performed her one-woman show “Driven to Distraction.” After two decades in the industry, her love of Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung and mythology lead her to a Masters Degree in Jungian Depth Psychology. She considered being a therapist but her desire to shout expletives onstage gnawed at her and she answered it in kind, writing and performing personal essays in LA. Her current projects include “The Kelly Carlin Show” on Sirius XM Radio which spotlights her conversations with iconic comedians. She also hosts “Waking from the American Dream” at smodcast.com where she converses with authors, visionaries and artists about the comedy and tragedy of life. She was also a talent producer on Showtime’s “The Green Room with Paul Provenza.” You can find her on Twitter and Facebook and her complete bio is here: http://thekellycarlinsite.com/bio/
PAUL PROVENZA is perhaps best known for directing the acclaimed film, The Aristocrats, the infamous documentary about one very dirty joke (co-produced with Penn Jillette) which was released to critical and commercial acclaim. He co-authored the book ¡Satiristas!, which combined Dan Dion’s photographs and conversations with numerous comedians including George Carlin in his last taped interview. Paul has appeared on every TV show with a desk and a host, opened for superstars, and toured the US and around the world. TV includes Comedy Central’s “Comics Only,” Showtime’s “Incredible Man-Boy,” ABC’s “The Pursuit of Happiness,” Nickelodeon’s “Kids’ Court,” CBS’s “Under the Influence” with Keanu Reeves, “The West Wing,” Showtime’s “Beggars and Choosers,” and the final season of “Northern Exposure” as Fleischmann’s replacement, enraging the show’s fans who still blame him personally for its demise. He also became the foremost interpreter of ‘the star’s boyfriend’ (“Facts of Life,” “Empty Nest”). He received a Drama Desk Award for Only Kidding, starred in Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, directed Nigerian Spam Scam Scam, and Kumail Nanjiani: Unpronounceable. Paul has consulted for Just For Laughs festivals, curated comedy for Chicago’s Lakeshore Theater, created the Free Speech Comedy series at Revolutions International Theater Festival in Albuquerque, and was a frequent panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me. He is currently the producer of Set List, a live stage show in which the world’s top comedians see a “set list” projected on a screen for the first time, and have to do a set based on it. It is currently touring festivals worldwide.
ABOUT ALL FOR ONE THEATER FESTIVAL
The All For One Theater Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to the art and appreciation of transformational solo performance, and the Annual Festival is the cornerstone of the All For One’s yearly programming. Over five weeks, AFO transforms the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre into a hive of solo theater, featuring performances, workshops, panels, and educational programming designed to strengthen the AFO Community and the New York solo theater scene.
QUOTES ABOUT A CARLIN HOME COMPANION: GROWING UP WITH GEORGE
“Revealing, moving, highly insightful and funny.”
“Articulate, incisive, dramatic and cutting-edge.”
“It is an unexpected experience of self-realization that is moving, intelligent, funny and great theatre.”
“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.”
“It’s so emotional. There are moments when she moves around you can see the Carlin elasticity in her. It’s a fantastic human journey with a larger than life character a lot of people know. I’ll pay cash money to anybody who can grab my heart like that, and she absolutely did.”
“So beautiful. Heartbreakingly revealing, and very funny too. This is a post-Oprah Soul Sunday show. This is very deep. I don’t know if she even knows how deep it is. She should see it.”
“I loved the show. She did brilliantly. I love it when DNA works and genius jumps, and it did.”
“If you want to see, a great performer, Kelly Carlin’s great – you can see the genetics. Would I see it again? Hell yes.“
TICKETING INFORMATION: A Carlin Home Companion plays as below at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street):
Friday October 11 at 7 PM
Sunday October 13 at 1 PM
Thursday October 17 at 7 PM
Saturday October 19 at 1 PM
Tickets are $26 and are now on sale. https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/dept/1166
WORKSHOP INFORMATION: Kelly Carlin is also holding a three-hour solo show workshop on Friday October 18 at 2:30PM at The Cherry Lane. Tickets are $85 and available through https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9814071.
Contact: A Carlin Home Companion: Jackie Green 212 575 3030 firstname.lastname@example.org