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DVD Review: George Carlin's It's Bad For Ya

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Don't mind the visage, the eyes behind hold it all. RIP George Carlin.

We are now deeply entrenched in that most wonderful time of year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when we are thankful for so much of our past, and eagerly awaiting the presents of the future. But when it comes to gift-giving, there are desperately few options that celebrate a look back and step forward for ourselves. You can buy the LCD TV or the antique chest-of-drawers, but rarely do you find the item that combines the best of both so masterfully. That is, until now.

Sure, it's not a piece of furniture or receptacle to store your Tivo'd My Super Sweet 16 episodes, but the new George Carlin DVD It's Bad For Ya should be considered as a welcome addition to any comedy fan's library. And, however regrettably, it is also a bittersweet reminder of the final days of one of America's ultimate satirists.

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Filmed live by HBO on March 1st, 2008 at the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa, It's Bad For Ya is the 14th and final George Carlin HBO special, capping a career relationship with the cable subscription company that kept him afloat during some very lean years. Beginning in 1977, these specials took place almost every two years, ensuring a robust schedule for the material-dense Carlin to wade through. If there is one thing the man would not stand for, it was repeating material for his specials, meaning the interim years were tirelessly spent creating, crafting, and controlling some of the most famous bits and jokes in the current comedy lexicon.