Monday, June 23, 2008

RIP: George Carlin

"I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin

I remember my brother somewhere getting a recording of George Carlin's "Seven Words You Can't Say on Television" routine. It was a real Beavis and Butthead moment for him: "he said shit, heh, heh." As I grew older, I came to appreciate George Carlin's wit and sense of absurdity even more than his pottymouth. It saddened me to hear of his sudden death this weekend. He managed to skewer the minor irritations of life as adeptly as the major contradictions of humanity, and that's quite a talent.

Well, if crime fighters fight crime, and firefighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?

The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.

If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?

How is it possible to have a civil war?

Have you ever noticed that their stuff is shit and your shit is stuff?

Religion has convinced people that there's an invisible in the sky, who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn't want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer and burn and scream until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you and he needs money.

If a deaf person swears, does his mother wash his hands with soap?

Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?


Mary Lou said...

This is the first news I've heard of it. Sigh. And those of us raised Catholic won't forget impure, impure, impurity, impureness

Carol said...

I felt the same way when I read about this this morning. He'll be missed.

Anonymous said...

Sigh. I didn't know. He will be missed. May God have a sense of humor, and be good to him.

Anonymous said...

Oooh. He gave so many laughs- and laughs are so valuable. Thanks for the quotes. Love the religion one.

Katie K said...

Thanks for posting those quotes.

Anonymous said...

one of my first albums was carlin's "class clown".

the bi-labial frickative. the artificial fart under the arm. the seven words you (still) can't say on tv.

yeah, man, good times.

hopefully george and god are having a good laugh right now.

Bridget said...

I was so sad to hear the news, I really thought he was funny, both thoughtfully and goofily. The last of his kind.

Anonymous said...

i was lucky enough to see him live when i was in college. i was sitting in the third row and i laughed so hard that my abdomen hurt for 3 days afterwards.

i will miss him.

Liz K. said...

Hooray, Lizard Shit, Fuck!!!!

That's for you, George Carlin.

Carol said...

You can't say 'em on TV, but you sure as hell can say 'em on my blog.

Anonymous said...

I heard this morning and have been bummed all day. I never did hear the seven words bit (off to google in a moment), but I remember being relieved the first time I heard one of his riffs on religion. I took a lot of shit as a 14 year old by dropping out of church, and it was nice to know that there was one adult who would have been accepting. Humm, beginning to see why I'm feeling worse over his passing that over my father's a few years ago. Sad, but true.

Anonymous said...

Geez. I remember once I saw him on TV doing a riff on his dog going to the vet to get his anal gland expressed . . . It was not just his deliciously sardonic voice that was so funny, but the expressions of his craggy face.
Perhaps this is why the acronym ROTFL was invented?

Unknown said...

Jerry Seinfeld wrote a wonderful, funny tribute to George the other day in the New York Times. He said that every time he came up with a hot comedic idea, somebody would say, "Carlin did that already."

I have often used Carlin quotes on my blog. I will miss his cynical but spot-on take of the world.

Elizabeth said...

The seven words, memorized from that same record in the 1970s: piss, shit, fuck, cunt, motherfucker, cocksucker, tits.