AmericanLife TV Monday announced it will broadcast a retrospective tribute titled Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s Time for George on Monday, July 7 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET.
The special will include footage from Carlin’s early days on the hit 1970s show Tony Orlando and Dawn Rainbow Hour, which the comedian joined as a regular performer in the fall of 1976. On the show, for a few minutes each week Carlin “had the stage to himself, sharing with the audience the humor he found in every day words and situations,” network officials said.
Carlin died June 21 at the age of 71.
“These were some of his funniest routines and since it was on Tony Orlando its all “G” rated and so it’s a perfect way for the entire family to enjoy his unique sense of humor,” Mark Ringwald, ALN’s vice president of programming, said in a statement.
The special consists entirely of his segments from the series with only an introductory voice over. One of these segments, done over 30 years ago, now has a special meaning:
“In reviewing the shows” Ringwald said, “one of the segments contained a five minutes routine of his on death and comedians (when comedians do well, they “kill,” when they do poorly, they “die”). It was so funny and yet now so poignant that we felt it would be fitting conclusion to the special.”