June 23, 2008

NOW HE'LL HAVE A GREAT VIEW:

Cult US comedian George Carlin dies at 71 (Times of London, 6/23/08)

He was a cynic with a gloomy view of mankind. “The world is a big theatre-in-the-round as far as I’m concerned, and I’d love to watch it spin itself into oblivion,” he said. “Tune in and watch the human adventure.” [...]

His comedy revolved around a central theme: humanity is a cursed, doomed species. “I don’t have any beliefs or allegiances. I don’t believe in this country, I don’t believe in religion, or a god, and I don’t believe in all these man-made institutional ideas,” he said.


The sublime thing about his humor is that it requires standards of decency -- human institutions -- in order to be funny being indecent.
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Posted by Orrin Judd at June 23, 2008 8:13 AM

Ironic.

Posted by: erp at June 23, 2008 9:01 AM

Nah, OJ really liked him because he preferred baseball - You go home and you're safe!" - to football.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YphEUa5LPjM

He could be funny without being profane as well.

Posted by: Rick T. at June 23, 2008 9:11 AM

oj: Didn't George Carlin take over for Ringo Starr as the conductor/narrator in the Thomas the Tank Engine television show?

Posted by: pchuck at June 23, 2008 10:47 AM

Baseball and trains. The perfect storm.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at June 23, 2008 11:12 AM

He could be very funny and insightful. I still remember his bit about how all drivers fall into two categories: idiots and morons. An idiot is anyone who drives faster than you, and a moron is anyone who drives slower than you.

Posted by: PapayaSF at June 23, 2008 12:24 PM

I can't remember even chuckling at one of his "jokes"...

Posted by: Benny at June 23, 2008 12:59 PM

yes, and then Alec Baldwin

Posted by: oj at June 23, 2008 1:32 PM

RIP, Rufus.

Posted by: b at June 23, 2008 1:35 PM
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