|George Carlin (1937-2008)
||[Jun. 23rd, 2008|02:30 am]
George Carlin is sorry for all the shit he did. Boy, was he funny. I hope you laughed.
Best segue of all time, on Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics (1990):
"...Speaking of blowjobs"
2008-06-23 06:31 am (UTC)
I got to see Carlin at Universal Amphitheater in 2001
I consider myself very lucky @ that.
Now I wished I'd seen him live at least once. I figured he'd live forever, even with the heart problems.
If I'm around when Steven Wright goes, I think I might feel out of place in life. That guy is my favorite.
It was the Complaints and Grievances Tour where he debuted his "Ten Commandments" piece.
Steven Wright is awesome. One of my favorites of his: My father was never proud of me. One day he asked me, "How old are you?" I said, "I'm five." He said, "When I was your age, I was six."
2008-06-23 06:41 am (UTC)
Re: It was $80 and worth every penny
That's the kind of stuff that rules. The material from both has that bang of an approach. I love that.
Amen. I missed him in Victoria last time out, as it seemed a bit much. Foolish me.
Least I have seen the only comedian I respect more than George Carlin (Lewis Black (twice)) so can't regret that.
2008-06-24 01:08 am (UTC)
Re: Comedy Genius
Stand-up rules if it's done right. They don't even have to be political or esoteric . . . it can be a rant about dogs, or NASCAR. I hope people never stop getting the guts to go on stage and work on a game like stand-up requires.
Hahahahaha, yeah that ruled.
I just saw his bad words routine on some HBO channel the other night. He was definitely one of the best.
He was pretty unique. Good memories, mostly.
I always respected George's boldness and ability to call a spade a spade, as it were. But I honestly felt that he did not understand the difference between religious zealots who fear the physical enjoyment of marital relations and the (relatively few) genuinely spiritual people who
feel believe that "strict" morality is both a commitment and desire to benefit humanity by personally accepting counsel that requires a person to be more selfless, to be more responsible with one's actions, and accept that everything one does has an impact on the rest of humanity. It was easy -- and popular -- to lash out against religious establishment, but only because such hypocrites were and still are unable to explain why their dogma was actually a beneficial way of life. Since they hold to such ideals publicly only to maintain power and control, their secret lives of exactly the same debauchery they publicly condemn condemn THEM; ergo their immutable and unreasonable stance.
Truly moral people choose it, not because it's easy, but because they sincerely believe, and may actually feel the benefit of, doing what's right even when such may not satiate immediate and selfish desires. With my own striving to be such a person, I never felt Carlin understood that aspect. I always thought he felt humanity should accept its carnal nature "as long as it doesn't hurt anybody" without recognizing the possibility that superior widsom exists that could benefit the human race in spite of itself.
All that being said, the world has lost one of its more honest voices.
Yeah, he was pretty cool when he wasn't being too much of an asshole. But it's difficult being that guy, and nobody's perfect.