What the fuck? I thought he was going to live forever.
Two great lines from his Jammin in NY show (1992):
The planet is fine...the PEOPLE are fucked!
If you haven't gotten where you're going, you aren't there yet.
So bummed.... the last of the literate funnymen. Time to put on AM/FM and spark one up.
They /do/ get better.
...fart, terd, and twat.
What an amazingly funny man and more importantly such a free thinker. I think of George and a grin instantly comes to my face. You left us with a smile George and an way to laugh at ourselves and to look at ourselves more seriously too.
When the announcer says, "it is time to get on the plane", I say fuck you, I'm getting in the plane.
While I would not necessarily call him an inspiration. George Carlin was one of the people who helped me on my journey from delusion to reality. A line of his is still one of my favorite quotes of all time: "War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption, and the Ice Capades. Something is definitely wrong. This is not good work. If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed. Results like these do not belong on the resume of a Supreme Being." The whole thing, which is worth a read is here
He is now in the living hell; stewing in a blend of boiling excrement for all eterninty; I pray in Jesus' name!
We should be indifferent to Carlin's death as long as there are shows like "Last Comic Standing".
George Carlin was one of the people who helped me on my journey from delusion to reality
Me too Giffy. His rants on religion were brilliant.
George Carlin = voice of reason.
Happy trails, George.
"We got a lot of signatures to legalize pot, but we can't remember where we left the petitions."
Sad. Loved his comedy, excellent at pushing limits. Here's one that still makes some folks uncomfortable:
and the dirtiest word of all: death!
I desperately hope he will not be "the last of the literate funnymen." (drewl @5) Wit and reason equally honed is all too rare a combo.
What are you all so broken up about? It's not like he's Tim Russert or something.
If he was someone important, I'm sure we'd be seeing an endless loop of video retrospectives of his work on one of the major news outlets for the next three or four days.
71 years old? It's hard to accept that he was only a year younger than John McCain.
Last night, I went to bed after learning that my father, who I hadn't talked to since 1991, had died in 1999. This morning, when I woke up, I learned that George Carlin, the man whom I wished was my father when I was growing up, had also died.
Of the two it is George who I am crying about right now.
Carlin's hippie transformation didn't really do it for me, but he could be funny on occasion. I kind of preferred his uptight pre-hippie act, or best of all the period when he was turning from one thing to another.
WFMU a couple of weeks ago ran a nice tribute with many, many early clips, and they've put it back up here: http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2008/06/george-carlin-t.html
I especially dug the one at the Playboy Club.
"Remember: you can prick your finger, but dooon't finger your prick!"
Not to forget his health tips for those so self-absorbed in their self-absorption:
Eat right, stay fit, jog and die anyway.
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