The secret to comedy is timing. So it’s kind of surprising that legendary late comedian George Carlin had some of the worst timing ever. On Sept. 10, 2001, the stand-up star recorded a bit called “I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die.”
D’oh! Even Carlin, who famously saw limits and gleefully leapt over them, decided there was at least one line he couldn’t cross. In his case, it was a terrorist attack that killed 2,996.
A decade-and-a-half after the terrorists attack that killed 2,996 individuals, “I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die” will be released on CD and LP on Sept. 16.
You can get a taste on YouTube, where Carlin revels, “I’m always rooting for a very high death toll… You know what my favorite disaster would be, and gee, I pray for one of these? An asteroid. I’m talking about a big hunk of rock the size of Minnesota … You can never have too many dead people.”
George Carlin shelved his controversial routine after 9/11.
Dark stuff. Carlin’s longtime manager Jerry Hamza told Rolling Stone that “George was a bit of a disaster-chaser. And then 9/11 happened, and, once those towers went down, George knew right away he couldn’t use that material in his next special. He said then to himself, ‘I’ll put it on the back burner. Sooner or later, I’ll get to it and put it back in the act.’”
Now someone else has.