George Carlin It’s Bad For Ya turned out to be the comic’s last HBO stand-up comedy special before his death. This show, presented May 16th 2009 at 10 P.M. on The Comedy Network is a must for anybody who likes good stand-up.
Carlin has various periods before becoming an angry old fart parody of himself. He regained all his wit, verbal skills, and observational accuracy for his last two shows, including It’s Bad For Ya.
After a lame opening reminiscent of the angry old fart period Carlin launches in an excellent diatribe on death and the images and words we used to mask the reality. The irony that this is one of this stand-up comic’s best routines in a long tine cannot be lost.
It’s Bad For Ya then settles into some shorter and looser observational comedy before Carlin settles in for a few longer routines including one on the comedian’s favorite target: religion. This bit’s take on dead people now “looking over you” and the next on society’s child worship and its insidious consequences are some of Carlin’s best material in a long time.
Carlin’s stand-up on the self-esteem movement and Every Child is Special should be compulsory watching for any parent in family therapy.
If you know people who ramble on when they tell stories, you will certainly enjoy the next bit. People without children should take heed of Carlin’s advice in the next bit on kids.
American bullshit is another excellent routine on Carlin’s It’s Bad For Ya HBO stand-up comedy special. It segues nicely into children’s reading habits and other small bits.
Religion was the comic’s favorite topic and target. The routine on various religious rules is superb. Even better is the closing bit on Rights.
The Comedy Network airs George Carlin It’s Bad For Ya May 16th at 10 P.M. This is a can’t miss show.
Also on The Comedy Network Saturday Night Stand-Up in May:
Drew Hastings Irked and Miffed – May 23rd 2009 10 P.M.
Bill Engvall – Here’s Your Sign – May 30th 2009 10 P.M.
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
George Carlin On Location aka at USC (1977): First Carlin HBO Special became the On the Road CD
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.