Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin 1937-2008 RIP

When I suggest George Carlin should stop performing, I meant retirement, I didn't mean he should stop fucking breathing.

I guess I need to be more specific next time.

George croaking makes me a tad melancholy. He was the first comedian I had ever seen in person as my first husband was a huge fan. 20 years later, it was the first comedian my son and I sat in an audience and shared the laughter together.

In his younger days when he was high on life as much as pharmacology, his observational humor struck a cord with the baby boomers saying things that had yet to be unsaid...especially broadcasted on the airwaves.

During a show in the early seventies, he was arrested for saying the 7 dirty things not permitted on the radio or television. To refresh your memory...."Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, CockSucker, MotherFucker, and Tits". Later it was rebroadcast on a New York radio station resulting in a 1978 Supreme Court ruling upholding the government's authority to sanction stations for broadcasting offensive language during hours when children might be listening.

George is quoted as saying that even though it went the wrong way, he was proud to be a part of American history.

George Carlin had a small part of my history and I am sure many of you at the kewl kid's table as well.

Rest in peace Mr. C and thanks for the laughs.


Olly said...

What a terrible loss.
Apart from the 7 dirty words, my favorite was the "Hippy Dippy Weatherman" line "...forcast for tonight? Dark!". That one stuck with me!

Special K said...

Dane Cook just lost some serious competition!
One of my favorites is "If God hadn't meant for us to masterbate, he would of made our arms shorter!"

Ah George, you will be missed!

Special K said...
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Special K said...

Oh and I posted your meme today!

Terry said...

I only knew him as the most excellent Rufus.
A sad day.