A sad day for those of us who loved that genuinely funny, brave, honest, authentic man, George Carlin.
The first time I saw him was on Johnny Carson doing his hippy dippy weather man bit and I followed his comedy ever since… an inspiration to all comics, and man who always told the truth whilst making you laugh your abs into a six-pack… we used to re-enact his routines as teens… I, for one, shall miss him dearly… he was, quite al frankenly, THE BEST.
For all who admired him as much as I, please share your memories and your favorite Carlin memories and or bits.
I hope the energy that was Mark Twain is passing him some tau pork chops and fine neutrino wine.
. . . For all who admired him as much as I, please share your memories and your favorite Carlin memories and or bits. . . .
Back in 1972 or so, I remember watching him perform at a Milwaukee Summerfest, then actually get dragged off the stage not by a vaudevillian hook, but by police. No one I was with had any idea what the hell was going on. I still don’t, as Carlin was by far the most gifted comic since the beginning of broadcasting/recording. Unfortunately, the cops weren’t laughing that night.
Hey homunculus, it was probably because of he was doing his “seven dirty words you can’t say on TV” bit.
He was quite proud of his “footnote” in case law in favor of free speech. How fortunate you were able to see him in ‘72… I’m jealous… but then again, what the goddamn fucking shit in hell would I be doing in Milwaukee at age ten? (well. I got two of the FCC forbidden words in there!)
For anyone interested, they’re re-playing an interview Art Bell did with him on Coast to Coast in the last hour of the program.
(I know, I know, give me shit for listening to Coast to Coast…. but I do like to laugh…. )
I love how George was able to completely revise the Ten Commandments down to two (with one additional) commandments (in the process he wrote off the first three commandments as “spooky language”). George’s commandments are:
“Thou shalt always be honest and faithful to the provider of thy nookie.
Thou shalt try real hard not to kill anyone, unless of course they pray to a different invisible man than you.
Two is all you need; Moses could have carried them down the hill in his fuckin’ pocket. I wouldn’t mind those folks in Alabama posting them on the courthouse wall, as long as they provided one additional commandment: