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Robert Klein: The HBO Specials 1975-2005
Robert Klein The HBO Specials 1975-2005
Actor: Robert Klein
Director: Robert Klein
Genres: Comedy, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2007     8hr 20min

Without Robert Klein, modern stand-up comedy might not exist. Klein was part of the holy trinity of the stand-up pantheon - along with George Carlin and Richard Pryor - of the post-Beatles era. That rock n roll conscious...  more »


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Actor: Robert Klein
Director: Robert Klein
Genres: Comedy, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Stand-Up, Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
Studio: Standing Room Only
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/25/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 8hr 20min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Counterculture Comic
Volunteer of America | Austin, Texas | 08/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was highly amused to watch an advance review copy of this DVD set, having been entertained on and off since the Sixties by Robert Klein's intelligent, articulate, surrealistic comedy.

This DVD set - as far as I know the only available DVD of Klein's performances - is a reasonably priced, very comprehensive (close to eight hours over four decades) and extremely amusing perspective on Robert's long career. It's clear that he has not stood still as a man or a comedian, and it's interesting for a fan to see his development and growth. His considerable gift for mimicry, effortless and constant segues, and sarcastic commentary on contemporary affairs will keep you laughing.

Some of my favorite pieces were his soulful ode to colonoscopies, sung in a Manilow-ish manner; Pat Boone doing Little Richard songs (hilarious), the search for John Wayne Bobbitt's lost member...this is a man who has found humor in many areas of life, delivers it with great élan, and shows no sign of slowing down! He's a pretty good singer and harmonica player, into the bargain.
A true original
Progressive | Colorado | 10/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a terrific retrospective of Robert Klein's ever-evolving talent. I'm particularly pleased to get to see his early HBO shows; as Robert said on Jay Leno, in those days HBO had fewer than a half million subscribers, so these are rare films indeed. Here's a very smart, perceptive, multi-talented artist with a splendidly creative, wicked wit and a flowing inspiration. No surprise Leno treated him with great respect; most of the great comics, Seinfeld and Romano for example, feel very much the same."
The Other Intellectual Comic
SirGeorgeMartini | Chihuahua Legs, Wyoming | 03/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Robert Klein has been a major influence in my life and I didn't realize it. I even bought a pair of blue and white saddle shoes in the 70s. One day I was listening to my comedy records and I discovered how much of my sense of humor was based on Klein's jokes and observations. Although I always liked George Carlin too, his accurate observations of human behavior can be quite depressing at times. Robert Klein makes you think, but he never gets you down.

I missed most of these shows when they were originally aired on HBO and after hearing them years later, I think they hold up well in the 21st Century, especially for a Child of the 50s.

A true treasure.
G. Haynes | 12/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Since age 13, I have been entertained by Robert Klein's HBO specials. At one point I'm pretty sure I had "Robert Klein at Yale" and "Child of the 50's, Man of the 80's". nearly memorized. "Robert Klein on Broadway" was almost memorized as well.

Up to this point there was no way to watch his specials except at HBO's whim. Then, if you weren't an HBO subscriber, you were left high and dry. I always knew there were early and late specials I had never seen. Finally, I can see the entire corpus of his work.

What a treasure. Thank you Robert Klein!!!"