George Carlin's 17 Best Comedy Albums: An Epic Analysis

02/02/2012 12:08 pm ET

This list ranks George Carlin's albums in terms of overall quality, with special attention paid to both straight hilarity as well as philosophical pertinence. I chose albums rather than specials for three reasons: 1) most of Carlin’s albums simply were the audio from his specials [especially on the really important discs]; 2) He has more pre-HBO albums than he has non-album specials; 3) Almost every bit of material from his non-album specials appears somewhere on his albums. And yes, I know 17 albums equals all of Carlin's albums.