It looks like even George Carlin, the master of pushing the envelope and crossing the line in comedy, had a limit.
On September 9th and 10th, 2001, the stand up legend recorded an album tentatively titled “I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die.” Recorded over the course of two nights at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The material was going to be the source for Carlin’s twelfth HBO special.
We all remember what happened on September 11th, in Carlin’s hometown no less.
Here’s a clip from the special in which Carlin explains how he often wishes for catastrophes with high death tolls.
Jerry Hamza, Carlin’s longtime manager, recently told Rolling Stone that “once those towers went down, George knew right away he couldn’t use that material in his next special.” Carlin told Hamza he’d put it on the back burner but “sooner or later, I’ll get to it and put it back in the act.”
Carlin never got the chance. He passed away in 2008.
Now fifteen years after the tragedy, “I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die” will be released on CD and LP on Sept. 16.
[via Rolling Stone]