Coming in May, this two-part documentary series directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio will be available on HBO Max
For any classic comedy lovers, this news should be enthralling. As HBO Documentary Films has developed a touching deep-look into the acerbic life and legacy of the beloved comedian, with George Carlin’s American Dream.
Following the life and work of the legendary comedian. The series will look into Carlin’s claim to fame, looking first into his childhood growing up in NYC, and then later, his longstanding struggle with drugs and how they detrimentally affected his health as he’d gotten older. The documentary even looks into Carlin’s brushes with the law and takes a look at each of his marriages, with intimate interviews with Carlin and Brenda’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, who offers insight into her family’s story and her parent’s love. The documentary also looks into Carlin’s tragic relationship with his first wife Brenda Hosbrook, who’d later, passed of liver cancer.
Considered the “Dean of Counterculture Comedians,” Carlin’s half-a-century long career saw him headline 14 HBO comedy specials and host over 130 Tonight Show appearances. As the comedian kept evolving and consistently changing his routine to stay relevant up until his timely death and beyond. His ability to prophetize about the truth resonates even today and this documentary looks at the legend from the lens of one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all-time.
There will also feature never-before-seen material including photos, films, audios, letters, and diaries. With a slew of interviews from Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt, Stephen Colbert, Bill Burr, Bette Midler, W. Kamau Bell, Sam Jay, Judy Gold, Jon Stewart, and others.
Produced by HBO Documentary Films, Rise Films, and Apatow Productions, the series is officially directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio; edited by Joe Beshenkovsky. And executive produced by Judd Apatow, Michael Bonfiglio, Teddy Leifer, Jerry Hamza, and Kelly Carlin.