George Carlin: You Are All Diseased

Synopsis: Growing up in New York City, George Carlin was always the class clown. He went on to become one of the great comedians of our time, with appeal that has spanned generations. His brand of provocative sociopolitical commentary and his scathing comic style have brought him four Grammy awards, most recently in 2002. He was the first-ever host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and has starred in twelve of his own HBO specials. He continues to perform to sold-out audiences at venues across the country.

You Are All Diseased is a new collection of Carlin comedy never before seen on home video. The hilarious routines include “Airport Security”, “Fear of Germs”, “More Things That Are P*ssing Me Off”, “American Bullsh*t”, Businessmen”, “Religion”, and “There Is No God”.

George Carlin: You Are All Diseased 8.5

“I don’t have pet peeves; I have major psychotic fucking hatreds. And it makes the world a lot easier to sort out.”

Woah… does Carlin ever start angry in this show! evilgrin0007 Free Emoticons   Evil His opening volley is a megaton bomb full of venom and vulgarity – and not unjustly so. But, seriously, what else could one expect from a show called ‘You Are All Diseased’? A cushy, family-friendly, Bob Hope routine? tongue0024 Free Emoticons   Sticking Out Tongue

Nah. Carlin tears a new one to just about everyone he hasn’t already ripped before. Actually, even those he’s attacked before take a beating. You know… for good measure. winking0002 Free Emoticons   Winking I mean, you can’t vilify the bastards of society enough and, if you put them down, you want them to stay down.

Carlin is in top form here. happy0021 Free Emoticons   Happy Granted, he hesitated in a few instances, but it was nothing serious at all. For the most part, his diatribes fired out of his searing lips fast and furious. I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of his observations/indictments, that’s for sure.

Diehard fans will note that some of the material, the one on sales pitches (or bull$#!t) was originally featured in his ’40 Years of Comedy’ special. But it’s accompanied by a number of other invectives worth mentioning, including the one about airport security – which, it must be noted, came two years prior to the World Trade Centre attacks. shock


All this to say that ‘You Are All Diseased’ is one of the better Carlin specials. Some people might be flattened by his verbal onslaught, but those who appreciate his more incendiary, later-period material will be quite pleased with this performance. He may not provide a cure for societal ills but, for an hour, he makes it possible to laugh about it. happy0027 Free Emoticons   Happy

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