I'll Miss Him
Published on June 23, 2008 By Larry Kuperman In Current Events

George Carlin has died of heart failure at the age of 71.

Like his predecessor, Lenny Bruce, George shocked us by pushing the boundaries of comedy. Also like Lenny, George figured in a Supreme Court decision on obscenity.

Perhaps his most famous (or infamous) skit, "The Seven Words That You Can Never Say on Television" shocked, offended and changed the way that we looked at the world. At least for many of my generation.

I have memories of a very young George Carlin performing on the Kraft Summer Music Hall in 1966. Even without "dirty words" he was genuinely funny. His album Class Clown came out the year that I graduated from High School (1972) and my friends and I listened to it until we wore the grooves off.

Sad to see him go.


Comments
on Jun 23, 2008

Yes.  One of the best comedians ever.

on Jun 23, 2008

I'm sure he'll have left instructions to be buried upside down (... so the world can kiss his ....)

He'll be missed in my home.  My son loved his comedy, as did my wife and I.

on Jun 23, 2008

In a world of growing intellectual darkness, this was a light I wish hadn't gone out so soon.  I'll miss him dearly.

on Jun 23, 2008
He was much more than the 7 words, although they were his most famous. I enjoyed his comedy as well. WHile he was not shy about using the 7 words, neither did he abuse them. His humor was funny because you run into his stuff in every day life, and after hearing him look at the zany side, then we could laugh at our own hangups as well.

My favorite will always be the Hippy Dippy Weatherman.
on Jun 25, 2008

He was ok as a comedian and an entertainer, but I have to laugh at those who call him a 'genius.' Carlin was good, but I don't know if I would call him that. Its like Russert, after 4 days of non stop coverage I started to think the media was confusing him with Reagan or Pope John Paul II. I mean, whats next, lying the remains in state at the Capital Rotunda?

on Jun 26, 2008

He was one of the best ever. His material was always new and fresh. I don't know how many times you see an older comedian just repeating the same old crap over and over. Carlin will be missed.

 

He was ok as a comedian and an entertainer, but I have to laugh at those who call him a 'genius.' Carlin was good, but I don't know if I would call him that. Its like Russert, after 4 days of non stop coverage I started to think the media was confusing him with Reagan or Pope John Paul II. I mean, whats next, lying the remains in state at the Capital Rotunda?

Was he a genius in the Albert Einstein or Thomas Edison sense? No, he wasn't. But was he a genius in his craft? Yes, he was. There are many geniuses and too few geniuses.

Tim Russert was by all accounts great at his job and a good husband, father and friend. No, he wasn't no Reagan or Pope John Paul II. But when somebody that well liked and loved is taken away way too soon what do you expect? Is there a rule on who gets coverage and who doesn't?

 

on Jun 26, 2008
Tim Russert was by all accounts great at his job and a good husband, father and friend. No, he wasn't no Reagan or Pope John Paul II. But when somebody that well liked and loved is taken away way too soon what do you expect? Is there a rule on who gets coverage and who doesn't?


One rule seems to be they do cover their own more than other professions. Which is natural. Russert was very good at his craft.
on Jun 26, 2008

In a world of growing intellectual darkness, this was a light I wish hadn't gone out so soon. I'll miss him dearly.

+1.


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I guess I'll watch It's Bad For Ya this afternoon in tribute.

on Jun 29, 2008

on Jul 29, 2008
Carlin was pretty explicit in his hatred of the human race and, later in his career, of the audience from which he made a living. In retrospect, many of these boundary pushers look more like society destroyers. I will not miss him.
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