Timing is everything — and the timing was way off when George Carlin, who died in 2008, recorded a bit titled “I Kinda Like It When A Lotta People Die” the day before Sept. 11, 2001.
The bit was originally set to air as part of that November’s Complaints and Grievances special, but was pulled due to the sensitive subject matter. “To me, you can never have too many dead people,” Carlin jokes. “You know what my favorite disaster would be? And Jesus, I pray for one of these. An asteroid. A big f—in’ asteroid. And I mean big.“
Now, the bit is being released as part of a new LP, I Kinda Like It When A Lotta People Die. Carlin’s manager Jerry Hamza told Rolling Stone the comedian knew as soon as the Twin Towers went down, “he couldn’t use that material in his next special.” “He said then to himself, ‘I’ll put it on the back burner. Sooner or later, I’ll get to it and put it back in the act.'”
Hear the bit below, and listen to the full LP when it arrives Sept. 16. SiriusXM will be exclusively premiering the album Sept. 1 on the Comedy Greats channel (94) and Carlin’s Corner channel (400).