George Carlin returns to the stage in Life is Worth Losing, his 13th live comedy stand-up special, performed at the Beacon Theater in New York City for HBO. Life is Worth Losing includes: "A Modern Man," "Three Little Words," "The Suicide Guy," "Extreme Human Behavior," "The All-Suicide Channel," "Dumb Americans," "Pyramid of the Hopeless," and "Autoerotic Asphyxia."
"Forget the politicians: the politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice - you have owners; they own you. They own everything: they own all the important land, they own and control the corporations, they've long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the Statehouses, the City Halls - they've got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls..."
Let me start-off by saying, George Carlin is possibly the greatest American comedian of all-time! He's definitely my favorite among many great ones (Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson, etc.). In "Life is Worth Losing" (from 2005), his facetious and hard-hitting wit is on full display for everyone to marvel at and laugh along uncontrollably. I'm not one to be shocked by Mr. Carlin's observations and routine, in this very harsh, but truly realistic examination of the American-cultural landscape (especially since I'm in total agreement with what he had to say, and I was left in profound admiration of his brutal honesty and brilliance that cuts right through all the BS). George Carlin was not one to back-away/be scared-off by controversy (the censors and "p.c. people"), to speak his mind as freely as he wished. And thank God for that. Because here, he gave us one of his most significant and unforgettable moments in his 50 year career, where he tells us exactly what "the owners" of this country really think of us! And believe me, I know most of you will still be in denial about this very sad fact (but, if you are old enough to remember/seen the transformation of the U.S. in the past 30 odd-years or so), I can tell you it's all so very true! George Carlin of course, was more than just a comedian: I prefer to think of him as the last breed of a no-holds-barred American essayist---par-excellence. His routine here is so funny and hysterical, that it will be remembered as a true classic in his entire repertoire. I've seen it so many times, and now I finally get to own it. I highly recommend it, and if you're a George Carlin fan, I'm sure you don't need much encouragement anyway. This is an excellent and once-in-a-lifetime performance, buying "Life is Worth Losing" is highly worth it!
The DVD picture and sound quality by MPI is excellent. NTSC, English (English subtitles), 2.0 stereo, NR 73 mins.
Loaded with ideas and insights into the human condition. But this time with a twist of darkness. During this his 13th HBO special George definately makes it known just what an angry person he is. Like Lenny Bruce, George hates the world and everyone in it. He pokes fun at everything from people who commit suicide to how much he enjoys watching natural disasters kill hundreds of thousands of people...and always wishes thing get even worse for them.I dearly loved George and wil definately miss him. He was getting old here and this may have been his last concert. He had gained weight in this performance and he slips up several times. I once heard him say he comes up with all this stuff while taking vicodine and drinking wine and that he was wired during almost every one of his performances. He had kicked the habit here and it shows. Forever a George Carlin Fan!
better than Ann Ryan and all of her books put together. His words are still prophetic and its a comedy show. What he was ranting about is happening before our eyes right now, it wouldnt surprise me if his death wasnt a two to the head to just shut him up