Parting Words: George Carlin

Cover art for George Carlin's final comedy album, It's Bad For Ya.

George Carlin died six weeks ago. It’s Bad For Ya, his final comedy album, was released last Tuesday. It includes a bit about mourning friends for six weeks, then removing them ceremoniously from his address book like crossing them off a scorecard. “You know what I’ve been doing? Going through my address book and crossing out the dead people. It gives you a feeling of power, of superiority, to have outlasted another old friend,” Carlin says.NPR’s All Things Considered played the bit tonight, bleeping out the earthy Carlin language as needed, reasoning that George would have wanted it that way. Listen.

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