Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Laughs From the Past-Kinison and Carlin

A double dose of late 80's comedy

Sam Kinison-Have You Seen Me Lately? (1988)


Recently, I started getting into the late great Sam Kinison.  His second album, Have You Seen Me Lately? is a very funny album that shows us the late comic at his best.  It begins with some funny though dated routines on drunk driving, televangelist Jim Bakker and condoms and moves onto some great stuff on religion.

He moves into his usual relationship rants which take up a good portion of the show and the thing that really makes his humor work is the brutal honesty he displays.  The last bit on the album is truly hysterical.  You wouldn't think a man could wring laughs out of gay necrophilia but the son of a gun does it!

Kinison was a truly funny guy who left us well before his time.  This album is not for the faint of heart but if you like the guy, this is your best bet.

George Carlin: What am I Doing in New Jersey? (1988)


George Carlin is truly one of my comic influences.  The guy was simply one of the most brilliant comics ever to walk the earth.  For nearly fifty years, the man was able to get laughs consistently and change up his act when necessary.

In 1988, he began to veer from his usual observational stuff to a slightly darker vein of humor.  This album is really the beginning as it starts with him doing uncharacteristically topical humor about the Reagan presidency before moving onto a list of annoyances to be found in people, a routine he would refine in later albums.

The album ends with a 21 minute piece on driving that is quite simply one of the most hilarious things I have ever heard.  Carlin was great and so is this album.

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