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It's Bad For Ya

It's Bad For Ya
George Carlin
Released July 29, 2008 [1]
Recorded March 1, 2008
Genre Comedy
Length 67:00
Label Eardrum/Atlantic
Producer George Carlin
George Carlin chronology

Life Is Worth Losing
It's Bad for Ya

It's Bad for Ya is the 19th and final album, and 14th and final HBO stand-up comedy special by stand-up comedian George Carlin. It was televised live on March 1, 2008 on HBO, less than four months before he died of heart failure at age 71.[2]

The album is the follow-up to the 2005 HBO special Life Is Worth Losing. Carlin worked on this material since ending his "Life Is Worth Losing" Tour. The working title for this show was The Parade of Useless Bullshit. Filmed in the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, California, the show's stage behind Carlin was designed to represent a cozy living room theme. The CD was released July 29, and the DVD and Blu-ray Disc on November 25.

It's Bad For Ya received the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album, awarded posthumously.[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
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Track listing

  1. "Opening" - 1:30
  2. "Old Fuck" - 3:45
  3. "Goin' Through My Address Book" - 2:52
  4. "Things We Say When People Die" - 2:36
  5. "He's Smiling Down" - 2:11
  6. "Parents in Hell" - 1:08
  7. "People Refuse to Be Realistic" - 1:10
  8. "Dead Parents Helping" - 3:59
  9. "A Couple of Other Questions" - 1:04
  10. "Today's Professional Parents" - 5:48
  11. "The Self-Esteem Movement" - 1:16
  12. "Every Child Is Special" - 1:42
  13. "Children Are Our Future" - 0:39
  14. "Raisin' a Child Is Not Difficult" - 0:42
  15. "I Like People" - 0:51
  16. "Stupid Bullshit" - 3:12
  17. "Stupid Bullshit on the Phone" - 2:33
  18. "What a Phone Call Should Be" - 0:54
  19. "In a Coma" - 0:49
  20. "Their Kids!" - 1:09
  21. "They Want to Show You the Pictures" - 4:29
  22. "Just Enough Bullshit" - 1:33
  23. "No One Questions Things" - 2:55
  24. "Proud to Be an American" - 1:47
  25. "God Bless America" - 2:59
  26. "Takin' Off Yer Hat" - 3:04
  27. "Swearing on the Bible" - 4:23
  28. "You Have No Rights" - 5:14

Award and nominations

The live HBO performance special was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards. It lost to Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.

The audio recording of the special won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album in the 51st Grammy Awards.


Chart (2008) Peak position
US Billboard Top Comedy Albums Chart 2
US Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart 32


External links

  • George Carlin's Official Website
  • Internet Movie Database
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