Saturday, June 27, 2009

Remembering George Carlin

The older I get, the more sense George Carlin makes. We lost him this week last year, and boy, we could use a dozen or so more where he came from. Carlin's genius was in deconstruction- he took apart all of the bullshit we tell ourselves to get through the day and threw it back in our faces. He carved up our pretensions like a turkey on Thanksgiving. I think about his methodology all of the time and I hope that a new generation of big-hearted cynics discover his work and blow all of the Dane Cooks of the world off of the stage forever.

This UFO bit is classic, but this extremely NSFW bit on the Gulf War is one of the greatest revelations you will ever hear. I'm sure I'm preaching to the converted with most of you, but if you aren't familiar with Carlin's flamethrower wit, take some time to check out his videos on YouTube. Especially his bits on politics.

When motion pictures were first invented, some theorists said that death had been conquered- at least some kind of immortality could be achieved on celluloid. George Carlin left an enormous body of work that is available at your fingertips in the Digital Age, and in that way he will live forever. Genius never truly dies.


  1. Carlin was brilliant. Thanks for the video. A common theme over at gosporn - male genital shame is at the "root" of our species "issues".

  2. Yeah I got all his books, CD's and DVD's.

    My sync with this one is pretty obvious one this time for me. I like to paint in my spare time but haven't painted a painting in about 2 years and I painted this one on the 23rd.

    Bill Hicks & George Carlin, I gave Hicks his third eye, so he can squeegee it if need be.

  3. If you like Carlin, you probably already listen to Lenny Bruce. If you don't already, lucky you. In my opinion, it all starts with Lenny Bruce, and I feel even Carlin would agree. Carlin even references Lenny on his first album. There is a wealth of Lenny albums out there, but the Berkley Concert, the Curran Theater double CD, and the live recordings on the 6 CD boxset are my favorite. Repeated listenings in the 20 to 30 range reveal more and more. Hands down the most important voice in American comedy. Lenny took the bullet for Carlin, Pryor, Hicks, John Stewart, and on and on. And beyond the cultural significance and hipster cred and rambling eulogies, he was funny.

  4. Hahahahaha!

    Carlin's tongue was as sharp as his mind.

    Great post!!