George Carlin – 1937-2008

It almost seems as though my blog has turned into an obituary column. With each passing day either one of my childhood heroes or just a noteworthy public figure passes away. Some of them I didn’t even get a chance to mention.

Today the first news I heard when I awakened was that one of my favorite comedians, George Carlin, had died. He is an iconic figure who not only amused and delighted a generation with his sharp observations about life, politics, religion or just stupid behavior by average people, but he influenced a legion of comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock. Carlin had a mastery of the English language despite being a high school dropout.

You can read all about his life in this NY Times obituary, but the best way to appreciate him is through his work.

Here is his “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” routine that caused controversy all the way to the US Supreme Court.

The difference between baseball and football.

Finally, Carlin thinks religion is bullshit.


#1 ww4p on 06.23.08 at 7:50 pm

It almost seems as though my blog has turned into an obituary column.
Well, I would say keep my name off your blog, but I’m too vain.

Carlin’s was one of the first HBO Comedy specials I ever saw. Way back when I had to sneak to watch cable.

#2 Bernie on 06.23.08 at 8:00 pm

I hope you live a long, long, life…and that I’m still around to write the obit!

#3 j. brotherlove on 06.24.08 at 4:04 pm

Carlin’s “A Place For My Stuff” was my first favorite comic routine.

#4 taylor Siluwe on 06.24.08 at 5:14 pm

George Carlin …. * sigh * … there are no words. He was the best. He spoke the truth about stuff other people ran away from (religion) … and made everybody laugh their asses off while doing it.

Amazing. He will be missed. Desperately.

#5 Bobby on 06.26.08 at 6:10 pm

Ha. Religion IS bullshit.

Gonna miss you, Carlin.