George Carlin has been riding his own coattails for a while now and Complaints and Grievances is just another example of that. If this comedy CD didn't say George Carlin on the cover, who would bother listening to it?
This is empty, unfunny, messy comedy by somebody who should start figuring out he is not longer against the system, he is the system. I recall an interview Carlin gave on 48 Hours where he was heading for a show and said something to the effect "I am going to go out there and these people will destroy each other for my amusement." Says a lot.
Another post 9/11 stand-up comedy CD where the stand-up comic walks on eggshells, Complaints and Grievances should have been titled Bitching and Moaning By An Old Fart. George Carlin has become so jaded and so used to his audience swallowing whatever he passes off as a funny joke that he jumps from one topic to the other without any segue and points it out (aka F you).
Carlin always says he is a lover of words and yadda yadda yadda but this doesn't stop him from using four-letter words (and no, I am not a sensitive soul) just so a bad joke will get a reaction from audience members.
Beginner comics use the F word up and down the flagpole because it's easy money, Carlin does it here because he is lazy.
Is it just me, by the way, or is one of the tracks on Complaints And Grievances (Traffic Accidents) a retread? I think it is but I do not have the patience or fortitude to listen to other later George Carlin comedy CD offerings such as Jammin' In New York or You Are All Diseased to make sure.
I knew the end was near when I saw George Carlin at the Hampton Casino about six years ago. After bitching about smokers in the front row smoking (Hey, George, if you want a non-smoking audience, say so on the bloody tickets) Carlin said something like, "Hey, guys, you know me and I wouldn't sell you anything ... but I have this new book out called ‘Braindroppings' and its 99% new material."
Well, guess we know you better now, George, and the book is 75% new material at best.
Other George Carlin Reviews
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
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.