The comedian recorded the bit a day before the 9/11 attacks then shelved it. Now you can hear the entire thing.
Originally recorded in Las Vegas on September 10, 2001 for an HBO special, George Carlin had bit where we talks about his enjoyment of mass tragedies. Of course after the 9/11 attacks the comedian shelved the bit and never worked it in to his routine again.
Carlin died in 2008 but a new album featuring this material will be released on September 16.
Here’s the official description from YouTube:
”I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die” is George Carlin at his bitingly best – recorded over the course of two nights at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 9th and 10th, 2001, this never-before-released material was to be the source for Carlin’s twelfth HBO® special. But following the attacks on 9/11, Carlin removed and reworked much of the content into what ultimately became ”Complaints and Grievances.” Now here for this first time is the performance as it was originally planned, raw and uncensored, and featuring Carlin’s characteristic acerbic wit and insight. Also included is a home recording from 1957 which finds a young George Carlin, in the words of Lewis Black, ”already speaking with an authority that would become his trademark,” as well as interviews with long-time manager Jerry Hamza and Rocco Urbisci, director of 10 of Carlin’s HBO® specials. Showcasing a comic legend at work over the course of almost 50 years, ”I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die” proves once again that George Carlin will forever be the king of cutting edge comedy.