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Networks remembering George Carlin in classic reruns, specials

June 25, 2008

If you’re a fan of the late comedian George Carlin or a newbie wondering what all the fuss was about yesterday, you can relive the glory years or get an education in the next few days as two networks dig into their vaults for some classic Carlin.

HBO — the network that was always the first home to Carlin’s lengthy comic diatribes — will blow out a chronological marathon featuring 11 of the comedian’s specials for the cable channel. (He made at least a dozen.) First, HBO2, runs the following schedule of back-to-back specials:

Wednesday

  • 7 p.m.: “George Carlin at USC” (1977)
  • 8:30 p.m.: “George Carlin Again!” (1978)
  • 10 p.m.: “Carlin at Carnegie” (1983)
  • 11 p.m.: “Carlin on Campus” (1984)
  • Midnight: “Playin’ with Your Head” (1986)
  • Thursday

  • 7 p.m.: “What Am I Doing in New Jersey?” (1988)
  • 8 p.m.: “Doin’ It Again” (1990)
  • 9 p.m.: “Jammin’ in New York” (1992)
  • 10 p.m.: “Back in Town” (1996)
  • 11:05 a.m.: “You Are All Diseased” (1999)
  • Midnight: “It’s Bad for Ya” (2008)
  • The main HBO channel also will replay “It’s Bad for Ya,” which just debuted in March, at 9 p.m. Friday.

    Then, “Saturday Night Live” pays tribute by rerunning its premiere episode from 1975, which featured Carlin as host. The show starts at 10:30 p.m. Saturday on WMAQ-Channel 5.

    Remembering Carlin, "Saturday Night Live" creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels said in a statement: "You never forget the people who were there at the beginning. George Carlin helped give 'Saturday Night Live' its start as our first host. He was gracious, fearless, and most important of all, funny."

    Carlin performs three individual monologues on the program. Music guests are Janis Ian and Billy Preston, plus a landmark performance from comedian Andy Kaufman.