BACK ON THE RECORD

NO JOKE--COMEDY ALBUMS ARE THRIVING AGAIN

George Carlin is an anachronism in more ways than one. His shoulder-length hair and hipster attitude are throwbacks to the 1960s. His political passion recalls a time when stand-up comics actually stood up for something. And for 30 years he has continued to make comedy albums: Back in Town, his latest, is his 17th. But now it seems that Carlin has hung around long enough to be back in step with the times. Four comedy CDs--by Jeff Foxworthy, Adam Sandler, "Weird Al" Yankovic and the Jerky Boys--have made it to Billboard's Top 25 this year. New comedy labels are being launched--one...

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