Who has the better boxed set? -- We compare new collections from George Carlin and Robert Klein

By Mandi Bierly
Updated October 12, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

George Carlin
No. of Specials Twelve, the most any comic’s done for HBO.
Signature Bit Those ”seven words you can never say on TV” (or print in this magazine).
Still Funny 1992’s ”Rockets and Penises in the Persian Gulf,” detailing his ”’Bigger D—‘ foreign policy theory.”
Fun Fact Joined the Air Force at 17; got court-martialed for ”falling asleep on guard duty during a unit-simulated combat mission. I’m proud of that.”

Robert Klein
No. of Specials Eight, including HBO’s first ever in 1975.
Signature Bit The song ”I Can’t Stop My Leg,” improvised while stomping along to the blues at Second City. Still Funny 1995’s ”O.J. Simpson Case,” a reenactment of how cops must have framed Simpson.
Fun Fact Claims he turned down leads on Night Court and M*A*S*H. ”Those kind of things, I don’t regret,” he says. Not convincingly.