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Sun Sep 4, 2016, 11:21 PM

A George Carlin Special Too Raw After Sept. 11 Resurfaces Now

Source: The New York Times

On Sept. 10, 2001, George Carlin, the greatest political comic in history if measured only by stand-up specials, recorded a bracing hour of social commentary for his new HBO special. The next day, he shelved it.

It wasn’t only the title, “I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die,” that seemed in bad taste after nearly 3,000 people were killed a day later in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Mr. Carlin also told a joke about a fart so potent it blew up an airplane. “You know who gets blamed? Osama bin Laden,” Mr. Carlin joked. “The F.B.I. is looking for explosives. They should be looking for minute traces of rice and bok choy.”

If timing is everything, Mr. Carlin had nothing.

Fifteen years later, his lost special is finally being released. (It is on Sirius XM, though it will be for sale as a download or on CD or vinyl on Sept. 16, at Amazon and iTunes, among other outlets.) It will be a revelation for comedy fans nostalgic for the days when you could expect a series of articulate salvos from Mr. Carlin about every two years. This special is not bonus track material. It’s a polished hour of new jokes with a virtuosic centerpiece, an intricate and elusive nearly 10-minute story that inspired its title, firmly in the tradition of Mr. Carlin’s comedy but also a fascinating departure.


Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/05/arts/george-carlin-raw-pre-sept-11-special-resurfaces.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

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Reply A George Carlin Special Too Raw After Sept. 11 Resurfaces Now (Original post)
Seedersandleechers Sep 2016 OP
PSPS Sep 2016 #1
elmac Sep 2016 #4
GWC58 Sep 2016 #2
msongs Sep 2016 #3
elmac Sep 2016 #5
ForgoTheConsequence Sep 2016 #6
Kermitt Gribble Sep 2016 #19
LeftyMom Sep 2016 #7
TeamPooka Sep 2016 #9
iandhr Sep 2016 #11
Feeling the Bern Sep 2016 #8
Tactical Peek Sep 2016 #10
msanthrope Sep 2016 #12
Seedersandleechers Sep 2016 #13
treestar Sep 2016 #14
Seedersandleechers Sep 2016 #15
Auggie Sep 2016 #20
Grimelle Sep 2016 #16
Old Vet Sep 2016 #17
Islandurp Sep 2016 #21
bora13 Sep 2016 #18
bananas Sep 2016 #22

Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 11:33 PM

1. So even thinly-veiled advertising is now allowed in LBN?

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Response to PSPS (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 11:54 PM

4. I have to disagree

 

it is a news worthy story, as a big fan and the fact that he made an hour long show canned because of 911. Sure, its all about money but I will be paying up, its lost history.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 11:39 PM

2. I wish

George was alive today. Too bad he passed away in 2007, a year before Obama elected.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 11:52 PM

3. I like george carlin but his potty mouth adds nothing to his value nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 11:58 PM

5. For some people potty mouth works

 

and it definitely worked for him. I also really like the founding father of potty mouth, Lenny Bruce.

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Response to msongs (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 5, 2016, 12:39 AM

6. Ok Tipper Gore.

People use bad words, get over it.

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 5, 2016, 12:50 PM

19. Haha! +1 eom

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Response to msongs (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 5, 2016, 12:42 AM

7. Okay, we'll file you under "Does Not Get It" and move on.

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Response to msongs (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 5, 2016, 01:09 AM

9. well now I have to leave this right here....


just because

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 5, 2016, 06:33 AM

11. +1

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Mon Sep 5, 2016, 01:07 AM

8. I miss that guy so much!

 

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Mon Sep 5, 2016, 01:15 AM

10. #23 at Amazon, just from pre-order

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Mon Sep 5, 2016, 06:38 AM

12. What asshole thought the 15th anniversary would be a goood idea? nt

 

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #12)

Mon Sep 5, 2016, 07:10 AM

13. No one.

It's being released on 9/16.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Mon Sep 5, 2016, 07:45 AM

14. I kind alike it when a lotta people die was funny before 911?

Maybe in context. Fart joke just sounds stupid. What is funny about joking about bin Laden even pre 911 like that?

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Response to treestar (Reply #14)

Mon Sep 5, 2016, 08:50 AM

15. I'm thinking it's satire

on our preoccupation for violence and murder?

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Reply #15)

Mon Sep 5, 2016, 04:03 PM

20. Same here

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Mon Sep 5, 2016, 09:05 AM

16. At times

you'd swear he was psychic...

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Mon Sep 5, 2016, 10:20 AM

17. George Carlin was so ahead of his time period..................

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Response to Old Vet (Reply #17)

Mon Sep 5, 2016, 04:21 PM

21. By one day.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Mon Sep 5, 2016, 11:19 AM

18. only if

he were around to do his thing with t-rump. now that would be classy!

Also, I did sort of share a premonition with him regarding bush/cheney/9.11/iraq.

Great minds can think alike.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Tue Sep 6, 2016, 05:25 AM

22. If it was for an HBO special, shouldn't it be video?

But they're only releasing it as audio.

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