This month (11/08) George Carlin will posthumously receive the Mark Twain Prize for Humor. It cannot be a coincidence that it will also be time to release 2 Carlin recordings: The George Carlin It’s Bad For Ya DVD of his last HBO special, and Carlin On Campus, the 1984 recording that launched Eardrum Records and should not be confused with the HBO special and DVD title.
It’s Bad For Ya is quite ironic in that it features Carlin’s longest bit on death, even longer than the material on On The Road. On the latter, Carlin claimed he wanted to go out with a bang: he does. It’s Bad For Ya is probably the best stand-up comedy he did in a long time.
Carlin’s take on death and, of course, the language associated with it, is excellent. It’s Bad For Ya also features an excellent good bit on how children are not special after all It closes with a good bit on bullshit and civic customs and rights Basically, bullshit: It’s Bad For Ya.
This Carlin DVD will also include “Too Hip For The Room” a wonderfully candid interview conducted by The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s Archive of American Television.
The 1984 Carlin On Campus CD is a 1984 48 minute recording and will include: Opening Sequence, Prayer, First Leftfielders, Moment of Silence, Second Leftfielders, Breakfast Wine and Who's Boss, Third Leftfielders, Baseball and Football, Fourth Leftfielders, Cars and Driving, and the Incomplete List of Impolite Words
Other George Carlin Reviews
Complaints And Grievances: This Carlin CD is just Bitching and Moaning By An Old Fart.
Life Is Worth Losing: The George Carlin comedy CD that is going to rehabilitate him as still being one of the greats.
Doin' It Again: George Carlin is not always absolutely brilliant on Doin' It Again, the DVD version
George Carlin 1937 - 2008: Proved to be, as he wished, too hip for the room
When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?: contains some warmed over stuff and leftovers, and gristle
Jammin' In New York: One of the best George Carlin comedy DVDs
The Serious George Carlin Page: Everything you want to know about Carlin on CD and DVD
Editorial - George Carlin Receives Mark Twain Prize: About time Carlin got the Mark Twain but guest list is rather questionable
It's Bad For Ya - DVD: Carlin's last HBO special. He was too hip for the room but the room loved him.
It's Bad For Ya - CD: George Carlin's swan song comedy CD is no turkey
George Carlin On Location aka at USC (1977): First Carlin HBO Special became the On the Road CD
The Comedy Network - George Carlin It's Bad For Ya 05/16/09 10 P.M.: Last Carlin HBO comedy special is great.
Last Words - a memoir: semi autobiographical book is pretty decent and honest
The George Carlin Letters: Not particularly interesting and certainly not revealing.
Conversations With Carlin: 2001 interview where the author asked Carlin all the right questions. Very interesting and revealing.