Listen to a George Carlin Bit That Was Shelved in the Wake of 9/11

George Carlin. Photo: Tom Briglia/FilmMagic

Often, the late George Carlin’s comedy was about what you can’t say, because it’s too honest, or crude, or simply outside the bounds of good taste. In one instance, however, Carlin crossed the line in a way he couldn’t have predicted. In a set recorded the day before 9/11, the comedian took on everything from his love of natural disasters to his thoughts on Judas and Jesus. Today, SiriusXM announced that it will premiere the new album, I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die, on September 1 at 4 p.m. ET on its Carlin’s Corner channel and 7 p.m. on its Comedy Greats channel, two weeks before it’s available to purchase. The album is the first original Carlin recording released since his death in 2008. A documentary about Carlin featuring interviews with the likes of Kevin Hart and Seth Rogen will also air on SiriusXM before the album’s premiere.

To give you a taste of — and help you brace for — Carlin’s material, Vulture has an exclusive clip from his riff on why he hated the police. (It’s not because he didn’t like the uniforms.)

Listen to an Unreleased George Carlin Bit