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George Carlin RIP, damn it.

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Just read this on Huffington and got to say that it has saddened and surprised me. There’s no point in comparisons, but George Carlin always sort of struck me as something like the bastard child of Bill Hicks and an alcoholic truck driver, only without the finesse and with ruptured haemmorhoids. Which wouldn’t make sense. Because he was older than Hicks. But the haemmorhoids would explain his infinite grouchiness.

For all his gruffness he must have had a heart, certainly one big enough to propose turning all golf courses over to public housing. And whatever disagreement other people may have had with his style and sass, they must at least acknowledge that Carlin, at least until Sunday June 22, 2008, was one of the only living American comedians of his generation – of most American generations, actually – who was both generous enough to point out that Mickey Mouse’s shorts are big and red simply to help hide his colostomy bag and wise enough to know what that meant – both symbolically and for his career.

Great life history of the man here at HuffPost. And Rachel Sklar has compiled a wealth of links to obits elsewhere in world and US media here as well as posting a fully transcribed interview with Carlin right here.

Full transcriptions are both a labour of love and a guarantee of readworthy answers so check it out.

Here’s a few good moments.

for a start, Carlin on Death

Carlin on Tyranny Americana

On needed upgrades for The Ten Commandments (hope these worked out for him)

On Countdown just last year in October with Keith Olbermann (the discerning newsviewer’s big-balled over-coiffed angry guy of choice)

And, of course….

Hard to choose some videos that do any kind of justice to his work and make them fit on one 15″ screen. Go and explore if you’re not familiar with the big fuckhead or if you’re remembering – either way, take your patient mouse and check these pages out.

RIP

*shakes head*

*sighs*

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Written by typingisnotactivism

June 24, 2008 at 1:11 am

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  1. what a commie!

    lol hi

    June 24, 2008 at 3:19 am

  2. And on my birthday too. Bummer.

    korova

    June 24, 2008 at 4:32 am

  3. yep, nothing screams “commie!” like a collected box set of HBO specials. Conversely, korova that is a bummer but at least you aren’t a douchebag. and happy birthday?

    typingisnotactivism

    June 24, 2008 at 11:43 am

  4. typingisnotactivism said,

    ” RIP

    *shakes head*

    *sighs* ”

    Yea……me too……big time.
    I knew nothin’ of it till I came across a notice of Carlin’s demise and a photo of remembrance at here http://world-o-crap.com/blog/?m=200806 a few days ago.

    I was beginning to think that I was the only one ’round here who would remember Carlin as the man who made most of the rest of the would be stand up comics (both here and there) look like a mob of milquetoast insipid ineffectual puerile pretenders.

    I’ll always remember Carlin spelling things it out for those who didn’t get it.

    There was one occation where Carlin was describing to his audience the latest despicable modus operandi of certain politicians, corporations and their power broker cronies accumulating additional superfluous wealth and power.

    The question that Carlin posed on our behalf was, “How do they keep doin’ it, and how do they keep gettin’ away with it??”
    For all those of us who often ponder the same question in relation to things like state pollytricks, Carlin’s answer to his audience was the plain and simple truth for us all.
    “They are a club!……It’s a F***ING club!!……An’ YOUUU AAAIN’T IN IT!!!

    An’ nothin’ screams “commie!” like an irrational insensitive cloth eared idiot.
    Or maybe it was a typo and he really meant, “what a commick!”

    TerryS.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:17 am

  5. ha!

    typingisnotactivism

    July 1, 2008 at 3:44 am


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