Just when I had pretty much given up on George Carlin as a stand-up comic he releases a new stand-up comedy CD, Life Is Worth Losing.
Life Is Worth Losing shows that when Carlin feels like it he can still be on point, funny, relevant, and great. After the dreadful Complaints and Grievances and You Are All Diseased where a comic who was once a particularly adroit with the language dead-on social commentator had turned into a grumpy old man who only bitched about things but did not say anything relevant,
It is no coincidence that unlike Complaints and Grievances, which contained 22 tracks, and You Are All Diseased, which contained 17 tracks, some with titles that included six or seven topics, George Carlin's latest stand-up comedy CD, Life Is Worth Losing, has but eleven tracks and each of them, except the first, focuses on an aspect of life or death.
Instead of the scattershot approach Carlin seemed to have adopted of late, Life Is Worth Losing is a tight, focused, bitingly funny comedy CD.
George Carlin has always been known for his verbal agility and interest in the English language. The opening track of Life Is Worth Losing, A Modern Man, is almost a tour de force four-minute bit on modern expressions. It is almost brilliant ("I got a personal trainer, a personal shopper, a personal assistant, and a personal agenda." is but one of the series of expressions he strings together) but if you listen closely some of the expressions he uses to show he is a modern man are there solely for the their sound and not for what they mean (such as "supersized, long-lasting, high definition, oven-ready, and built to last"). Still, this opening track shows Carlin is back for business.
Life Is Worth Losing is definitely George Carlin at his best and far superior to his two or three (maybe even four or five) previous stand-up comedy CDs.
Another reason this is so is Carlin is much more in control of his art here, much more poised, much calmer than the screaming and ranting version of George Carlin he had, unfortunately, made us used to.
Life Is Worth Losing is certainly George Carlin's darkest and most cynical material to date but he is now willing to reason it out instead of shouting it out. He may not have much respect for the human race but he seems to have regained some respect for his audience and his listeners.
For those, like myself, who had given up on George Carlin a while back and were getting his stand-up comedy CDs just out of habit Life Is Worth Losing is the CD that is going to rehabilitate Carlin as still being one of the greats.
A Modern Man
Three Little Words
The Suicide Guy
Extreme Human Behavior
The All-Suicide Channel
Pyramid Of The Hopeless
Posthumous Female Transplants
Other George Carlin Reviews
Complaints And Grievances: This Carlin CD is just Bitching and Moaning By An Old Fart.
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.