By Anne Gardner
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday Jan. 15, 2002
Complaints and Grievances
George Carlin's type of humor involves some of the most degrading, disgusting and offensive comments on people and life in general, and a lot of people love him for it, myself included.
His newest CD, Complaints and Grievances, is a recording of one of many HBO specials he's produced, and it's hilarious. He wastes no time getting into the gross stuff; he opens the show with a queaf joke. An aficionado of the f-word, he uses it as abundantly as possible throughout the course of his tirade.
His tirade, of course, is what he does best - bitching and moaning about people in the world who he hates for one reason or another and thinks should be killed.
These include people who read self-help books ("It's not really self-help if you're reading it in a book written by someone else. It's just help," he rationalizes), people who carry their babies in slings, people who wear visors ("It's only half of a hat! You got gypped!"), gun enthusiasts and guys named Todd.
For each of these rants, he begins with a standard joke about the poor bastards who should die. It's the same formula every time: "Here's another bunch/group of (insert some degrading personal reference) who should (insert some horrendous form of disfigurement or torture resulting in a painful death)." Example: "Here's another unfortunate pack of mutants who ought to be penciled in for a sudden visit from the angel of death." You would think the joke would get old, but it's too damn funny.
If you enjoy vulgar social commentary and the f-word, then this is the album for you.