Complaints and Grievances

Complaints and Grievances is the 17th album and twelfth HBO stand-up special by comedian George Carlin. Its working title was I Kinda Like It When a Lot of People Die, but it was renamed following the September 11, 2001 attacks.[1] Another possible title was The Great American Cattle Drive, according to Carlin during an interview with Coast to Coast AM in 1999.[citation needed]

Complaints and Grievances
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Live album by
ReleasedDecember 11, 2001
RecordedNovember 17, 2001, Beacon Theater, New York City, New York
ProducerGeorge Carlin
George Carlin chronology
You Are All Diseased
Complaints and Grievances
Life Is Worth Losing

Complaints and Grievances was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]


The working title of the show was "I Kinda Like It When A Lot of People Die" but it was changed after the September 11 2001 attacks. In an interview with Opie & Anthony on October 24, 2001, Carlin explained: "It's gonna be good, though. It's a strong show. I had to make a few alterations 'cause–You wanna hear the name of what the show was called and I'm telling you the truth? [...] The name of it was I Kinda Like It When A Lot of People Die. Yeah. And it was all about natural disasters and stuff and I had a nice nine minute piece on that but the morning I woke up and saw the special effects thing on the TV I thought 'Oh yeah. Oh. Change. Changing the name.'" After explaining briefly the nature of the show, Carlin added "Everything's the same, except I had to take that piece out. I just knew... no-one would laugh. You know. Obviously."[2] The unaltered opening to the program was later discovered by his daughter, after his death.[3]


The title track of the working version of this show was released on the official 2016 release I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die[4]. The material had been performed on September 10, 2001 and is released alongside the first performance of the routine which shows a marked contrast in the writing of the routine.

Track listingEdit

All tracks by George Carlin.

  1. "The Opening" - 9:22
  2. "Traffic Accidents: Keep Movin'!" - 6:16
  3. "You and Me (Things That Come Off of Your Body)" - 10:38
  4. "People Who Oughta Be Killed: Self-Help Books" - 1:16
  5. "Motivation Seminars" - 1:05
  6. "Parents of Honor Students" - 2:15
  7. "Baby Slings" - 0:59
  8. "My Daddy" - 0:51
  9. "Telephone Mimes" - 1:09
  10. "Hands-Free Telephone Headsets" - 0:38
  11. "Answering Machines" - 0:52
  12. "Family Newsletters" - 1:23
  13. "Music on Answering Machines" - 1:39
  14. "People Who Wear Visors" - 0:39
  15. "Singers with One Name" - 0:41
  16. "Rich Guys in Hot Air Balloons" - 1:01
  17. "People Who Misuse Credit Cards" - 0:51
  18. "Guys Named Todd" - 1:30
  19. "Gun Enthusiasts" - 1:26
  20. "White Guys Who Shave Their Heads" - 0:48
  21. "NASA-Holes" - 1:32
  22. "Why We Don't Need 10 Commandments" - 7:14



  1. ^ Carlin's complaints not shocking, for him | Topeka Capital-Journal, The | Find Articles at
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  4. ^ "George Carlin's "darkest" material to receive posthumous release". August 22, 2016.

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