Monday, October 20, 2008

Exclusive: November is George Carlin Month

Tabloid Baby pal Jeff Abraham sends us this exclusive news:

NEW BLU-RAY, DVD & CD Releases from the Legendary Comedian

“I think it is the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn
and cross it deliberately.”

--George Carlin
Having just celebrated his 50th Anniversary in show business last year and the recipient of the forth-coming Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on November 10th, legendary comedian George Carlin is once again providing to be the necessary voice in the world of comedy.

On November 25th, MPI Home Video is proud to announce the release of It’s Bad For Ya, Carlin’s Emmy nominated 14th and final HBO special from March 2008 on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s Bad For Ya features Carlin’s noted irreverent and unapologetic observations on topics ranging from death, religion, patriotism and big business to the pungent examinations of modern language and the “decrepit state of the American culture.” Blu-ray suggested retail is $24.98 and $19.98 for the DVD.

It’s Bad For Ya also includes a 30 minute featurette titled “Too Hip For the Room,” which is a wonderfully candid interview conducted by The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s Archive of American Television program where Carlin speaks about his early influences, philosophy, comedic style, major career milestones, and his legacy.

Carlin said of It’s Bad For Ya, “Doing new stuff is a point of pride with me. I can't do old material; I would feel like a failure. People may not consider it so, but stand-up comedy is one of the performing arts, and artists are supposed to grow and evolve over time. Through the years, my technique has sharpened, my writing has improved and even my observations have grown richer.”

And without question did comedian George Carlin grow as an artist. And now fans of Carlin will be able to examine that evolution with the November 4th CD debut release of CARLIN ON CAMPUS from Laugh.com. Long out of print since its 1984 LP release, CARLIN ON CAMPUS features such classic routines: Cars and Driving, An Incomplete List of Impolite Words and of course, Baseball and Football.

CARLIN ON CAMPUS was the first title released by the comedian on his own label Eardrum Records whose motto was ‘Stick It In Your Ear’ in 1984 and should not be confused with his 4th HBO special of the same name as the material on the original LP was different. Suggested retail is $12.98

During his half century career, Carlin starred in an unprecedented 14 HBO specials spanning four decades and released 22 solo albums (18 stand-up albums and 4 audio books), which have been nominated for Grammy Awards ten times and taken home the coveted prize four times.

And for the complete Carlin enthusiast; George Carlin: All My Stuff, a DVD box set of all the comedians' previous HBO specials, is also available from MPI Home Video.

Carlin will always remain part of the popular lexicon as his "Seven Dirty Words" routine were the subject of the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a narrow 5-4 decision by the justices affirmed the government's right to regulate spoken-word performances on the public airwaves.

Carlin was never afraid to push the comic envelope and make audiences laugh and think. In turn, George Carlin influenced generations of comedians from Jerry Seinfeld to Chris Rock who all site him as an inspiration and “whose shoulders in turn the next generations of comedians will stand on.”

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