George Carlin

You Are All Diseased

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As the years progress, George Carlin only gets angrier -- and, considering that the world is just getting more ridiculous, that may be the only response. Fortunately, his anger keeps him sharp, and that's why he's still fascinating and funny in 1999, when most of his peers have dried up. The key to his success is that he doesn't continue to recycle his routines -- he writes new material which illustrates that he's not just a comedian, he's a commentator. He tackles a number of subjects on You Are All Diseased, from familiar items like "Airport Security" to the silly cigar boom of the late '90s, television, religion, and "American Bullshit." Some of this is dead-on and some of it suffers from a delivery that is a bit too reminiscent of past routines, but it's all entertaining and the best of it ranks with the best of his past work. Not many comedians could claim that their latter-day work is as good as the stuff that made their name, and that's a strong testament to Carlin's skills, talent and wit.

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