George Carlin On Location at USC, was the first of fourteen HBO stand-up comedy specials and contains the first on TV list of the 7 Words You Can’t Say On Television. George Carlin On Location at USC is also one of the three best, another being the last one, It’s Bad for Ya. Coincidentally, The Comedy Network airs both these Carlin specials on consecutive Saturdays: May 9th and 16th at 10 P.M. Both these shows are can’t miss. Also can’t miss is the by now rather quaint “adult language” warning by the HBO lady at the beginning of On Location.
The Comedy Network showing these particular two Carlin comedy specials back to back is a great way for fans to see the change / evolution the comic went through over some thirty years. In 1977 Carlin was a bemused observational comic with an eye and ear for the harmlessly ridiculous. In 2008 he was an acidic, dark comic who had given up on the human race.
Routines here include Supermarket, one of the best bits after the material on Class Clown and FM/AM. This is followed by How’s Your Dog? and a bit on cats not fully included on the CD.
This is followed by Old Farts and Young Farts aka Kids Are Too Small and its companion piece, Rules. New News is a fun bit. Familiar expressions sets up what George Carlin was most famous for: his take on words.
The show is even paused a few seconds for an on-screen disclaimer / warning before the final segment of this show. The 7 Words You Can’t Say on Television is Carlin’s trademark. He adds a few to the list in On Location at USC with a revisited list. This is of course the highlight of the show.
Other Saturday Night Stand-Up shows in May on The Comedy Network include:
Bill Engvall Here’s Your Sign on May 23rd
Drew Hastings Irked and Miffed on May 30th
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.
It's Bad For Ya - CD: George Carlin's swan song comedy CD is no turkey
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.