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Apatow, Bonfiglio-directed George Carlin doc set for May debut on HBO

HBO is prepping a two-part documentary on the life and career of comedian George Carlin from acclaimed filmmaker Judd Apatow. George Carlin’s American Dream will be directed by Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio (May ...
February 16, 2022

HBO is prepping a two-part documentary on the life and career of comedian George Carlin from acclaimed filmmaker Judd Apatow.

George Carlin’s American Dream will be directed by Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio (May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers, Who Are You Charlie Brown?). The documentary is scheduled to premiere on HBO in May, and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

Carlin, dubbed the “dean of counterculture comedians,” is one of the most influential stand-up comedians in history, having headlined 14 HBO comedy specials throughout a career that lasted more than a half-century. His final comedy special was filmed in 2008, less than four months before his death.

Apatow and Bonfiglio’s documentary will follow Carlin’s rise to fame and also examine his personal life, including his childhood, his struggles with addiction, and his two marriages. The film will include interviews with Carlin’s daughter Kelly, Carlin’s manager Jerry Hamza and his second wife Sally Wade, and wll also feature previously unseen archival films, photos, audio recordings, letters and diaries.

In addition, several major names from the comedy and entertainment world will be interviewed for the documentary, including Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Stephen Colbert, Bill Burr, Patton Oswalt, Bette Midler, W. Kamau Bell and Jon Stewart.

HBO Documentary Films, Rise Films and Apatow Productions are collaborating on the documentary. Apatow, Bonfiglio, Teddy Leifer, Jerry Hamza and Kelly Carlin are executive producers on the project, along with Lisa Heller and Nancy Abraham, who are executive producing for HBO.

Apatow and Bonfiglio previously worked together to direct an entry for ESPN’s documentary series 30 for 30, Doc & Darryl about New York Mets players Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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