- Actors: George Carlin
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Platform Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 26 Oct. 2009
- Run Time: 69 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B002CM6VDO
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,262 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
George Carlin - It's Bad For Ya [DVD] 
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George Carlin was one of the greatest and most influential stand-up comedians of all time. He appeared on The Tonight Show more than 130 times, starred in an unprecedented 14 HBO Specials, hosted the first Saturday Night Live and penned three New York Times bestselling books.
It s Bad For Ya, Carlin s Emmy-nominated 14th and final HBO special from March of 2008 features Carlin s noted irreverent and unapologetic observations on topics ranging from death, religion, bureaucracy, patriotism, over-protected children and big business to the pungent examinations of modern language and the decrepit state of the American culture.
Carlin once again comes up with an hour of brand new materials that not only makes you laugh, but makes you think.
George Carlin will always remain part of the popular lexicons for his Seven Dirty Worlds routine, and as a comedian who was never afraid to challenge his audience.
It s Bad For Ya is Carlin s final performance.
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It might be easy to dismiss any George Carlin gig out of hand, as the angry polemic of an angry man but you'd be missing out on something on a deeper level. The anger that he presented wasn't a simple misanthropy, rather it was a justified anger at what he perceived was stupidity, greed and corruption throughout society in his country (there you go: complex misanthropy). Carlin revelled in laying bare the uncomfortable truths of religion, government, culture and the mindset of 'right-thinking' people. Some may find offence, that's their problem; if your beliefs are intellectually defendable, then you'll be able to shrug the jokes off; if not, well, then he may have got to you there. Perhaps one reason for Carlin's lesser profile over here is that some of the beliefs that he sought to expose as ridiculous, are indigenous to the US and are, perhaps, more obviously so from a distance.
There is a slight lean towards to the generalising of some in power but I struggle to mount a suitable defence of these targets. These are much the same as the late, more conspiratorially minded, Bill Hicks focused on, someone who had a similar style as Carlin.
He was a comic who, while making people laugh, challenged complacent thinking and made us reconsider old fixed notions.
One particular area of interest in this one is Carling taking various sayings or beliefs to their logical extremes, from deceased loved ones looking down on us, to kids being the future. Naturally he makes some good and amusing points.
George Carlin was one of the greatest comedians in living memory, and his material remains as funny and relevent as ever. This set continues that trend.
If there's one downside, it's that there isn't really any showstopping material here unlike many of his previous specials. But for Carlin fans, it's more good stuff. For anyone else, it's as good a place as any to start.