George Carlin did his latest live concert special on HBO last night. It was material I’d seen him perform last October, so I didn’t sit through the whole thing again. Not his best stuff ever.
The special will be repeated throughout this month, and it’s available On Demand. In case you want to watch out of respect.
And Carlin deserves maximum respect for his influence on the art of standup comedy.
I wanted to interview Carlin in the late 1980s. But my boss at the Washington Times said he wasn’t worth writing about. George Carlin. Not worth writing about. That’s the only time I can think of when the right-wing tilt of the Washington Times cramped my style.
Anyway, I’m streaming a couple of blasts from Carlin’s past. One comes from his first solo album, “Take-Offs and Put-Ons,” which came out in 1967... back when Carlin was still clean-cut and a little corny.
Click here to hear “Wonderful WINO,” a riff on Top-40 radio.
By his next LP – “Class Clown” in 1972 – Carlin had gone hippie. That album contains his most famous routine of all time: “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.”
But I’m not streaming that one. Instead, click here and enjoy “Muhammad Ali – America the Beautiful.”