You hear the term “post 9/11 world” often enough to know the gist of whats changed in the world following that tragic day. The heightened suspicions, the tension, the fear. It’s not just about having to take off your shoes when you go to the airport. The sensitive nature of the topic led to many trying their best to not remind others of that day, like Dream theater recalling their album Live Scenes from New York, which dropped 9/11/01, and changing the cover art from an image containing the Twin Towers engulfed in flames to a flaming apple with New York written on it. Films digitally edited the towers out of scenes, and comedians who had jokes involving terrorists, bombs, and planes would have to cut the material from their act. That is exactly why legendary comedian George Carlin would shelve a comedy special he recorded on 9/10/11, for containing some suddenly sensitive material in the newly formed post 9/11 world. According to The New York Times, George Carlin’s I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die will finally see a release, 15 years after 9/11.
On September 10, 2001, George Carlin had no idea that two planes would crash into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center, which is why he recorded a joke about an enormous fart so destructive it blew up an airplane and added “you know who gets blamed? Osama bin Laden… The F.B.I. is looking for explosives. They should be looking for minute traces of rice and bok choy.” The title I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die didn’t help in the slightest. Placing the special in the vault was definitely a smart choice. On September 16, 2016, the special will be available for purchase as a download, CD, or vinyl on Amazon and iTunes. The special is not some hidden extra minutes or bonus material. It is a full hour of new jokes and material painstakingly crafted by Carlin for all his fans to enjoy.
When Carlin died in 2008, the comedy world mournde the loss of one of its greatest political commic and social commentator. Carlin balanced outrage, skepticism, satire, and madness in a way that that made a statement but kept the laughs coming. His special Complaints and Grievances, which replaced I Kinda Like it, still addressed the issues following the events of 9/11, but in a way that was more in line with the feelings and thoughts of society, addressing the need to cooperate with “unsavory people” (George W. Bush) in order to survive and persevere. Does who miss Carlin’s unfiltered but never unwarranted opinions will be glad to have one last chance to see the master at his craft.