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George Carlin’s “darkest” material to receive posthumous release

on August 22, 2016, 10:35am

The late, great social comic George Carlin was unafraid to say pretty much anything up on stage. However, there was one routine that even he deemed to be in such poor taste that he kept it from being made public.

On September 9th and 10th, 2001, Carlin took the stage at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand to record his 12th HBO special, I Kinda Like It When A Lotta People Die. After the attacks on 9/11 the following day, however, he chose to rework and edit out much of the material for what would become known as Complaints and Grievances. Now, 15 years later, Carlin’s routine as it was originally recorded is finally being released.

MPI Media Group will release the never-before-heard, original version of I Kinda Like It When A Lotta People Die on September 16th. In addition to the new routines and versions of “some of Geroge’s ‘darkest’ material,” the album boasts a rare 1957 home recording showing how early Carlin developed his trademark wit and authority. Also on the record will be new interviews with Carlin’s manager Jerry Hamza and Rocco Urbisci, who directed 10 of Carlin’s HBO specials.

I Kinda Like It When A Lotta People Die will be available digitally, on CD, and on extremely limited-edition vinyl. Prior to its wide release, it will air on SiriusXM’s Comedy Greats (94) and Carlin’s Corner (400) beginning at 4:00pm ET on September 1st. After the first broadcast, Ron Bennington will host a new documentary entitled George Carlin: A Life in Comedy, which will feature interviews with the likes of Penn Jillette, Kevin Hart, and Seth Rogen.

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