On The Road (1977)

  • Little David #1075. Produced by Marty Kay & Jack Lewis in association with George Carlin.

  • Recorded October 3, 1976 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. Released April 1977.


  1. On the Road [4:46]

  2. Death and Dying [13:48]

  3. Headlines [4:23]

  4. Kids Are Too Small [3:11]

  5. Rules, Rules, Rules! [2:32]

  6. Parents’ Clichés and Children’s Secret Answers [3:19]

  7. Words We Leave Behind [1:55]

  8. How’s Your Dog? [5:06]

  9. Supermarkets [7:03]


I originally bought this on cassette and then later CD, but a friend of mine has the vinyl and it was then that I realized that the vinyl had come with a transcription booklet of the whole album. Some of these routines would show up later on Carlin at Carnegie (1983). Carlin does another news routine in “Headlines”, and there are several related tracks about the double standards regarding children (from both child and adult perspectives). The two long tracks, “Death and Dying” and “Supermarkets”, are probably my favorites here.

This album got a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album in 1978, but lost to the Let’s Get Small album by Steve Martin, whose stand-up act was overwhelmingly popular at the time.