There is not doubt George Carlin was one of the great America stand-up comics of the last third of the twentieth century and of the first few years of the 21st. Though he had an uneven career comedy CD wise, his last recording, It’s Bad For Ya, proves to be one of must have CDs in any George Carlin collection.
For a while, with CDs like Complaints and Grievances and You Are All Diseased George Carlin was just an angry old guy bitching and moaning about stuff and pretty much resting on his many laurels. Fortunately, his last two recordings, especially It’s Bad For Ya will leave the comedian’s fans with a pleasant memory.
It’s Bad For Ya is one of few Carlin CDs with a thread that unites all the material in the show. The highlight of this last HBO special is the 14 minute or so routine on death, the language we use for it, the beliefs we share, and the things we say when someone dies. This is the comic at is very best both in terms of observation and language.
The second thing that is Bad For Ya is the smothering attention society gives children. If everybody is special, who is? Carlin is acerbic here, but unlike the CDs mentioned before he is also funny.
What most annoyed George Carlin is evident in No One Questions Things, which is something else that’s bad for ya, as is blind patriotism, blind belief in religion, and believing what you are told is right.
Carlin’s closer on this stand-up comedy CD, You Have No Rights, should be played time and again.
In On The Road, Carlin suggested that at his death he wanted to be blown up. He sure did go out with a bang here.
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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
November 08 George Carlin Releases: Article about 11/08 releases
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.
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.