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The Essential George Carlin

Our top picks include albums ”Class Clown” and ”A Place for My Stuff”

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Class Clown (1972)
This album — the first full-length unleashing of his new, countercultural act — features his seminal bit, ”Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.”

A Place for My Stuff (1981)
A biting take on greed and materialism, Stuff also features fake commercials and announcements inspired by his early radio career.

What Am I Doing in New Jersey? (1988)
This HBO performance and album is a mix of attacks on Reagan and the church with trademark bits like ”People I Can Do Without.”

Jammin’ in New York (1992)
Inspired by Sam Kinison, Carlin began an even more caustic phase of his career with this special, delivering scathingly misanthropic takes on environmentalists and the Gulf War.

3 X Carlin (2006)
A compendium of his three best-selling books of comic musings, Brain Droppings, Napalm & Silly Putty, and When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?