I just heard George Carlin died. When I was very young, he was in his prime. Carlin was the first political stand up comic I knew. Regarded, then at least, at the successor to Lenny Bruce. He was the first person to host Saturday Night Live, which some of you know was once a huge cultural event (back in the days of Ackyroyd, Belushi and Murray).
Carlin is a much more important figure than some might think. His 7 words you can’t say on the airwaves was actually a Supreme Court Case, which he lost 5-4.
Here are some favorite quotes and remembrances:
*Carlin also introduced the “Two Commandments”, a revised “pocket-sized” list of the Ten Commandments, ending with the additional commandment of “Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself.”
*While appearing in Las Vegas, Carlin stated that he couldn’t wait to get out of Las Vegas, stating “People who go to Las Vegas, you’ve got to question their fucking intellect to start with. Traveling hundreds and thousands of miles to essentially give your money to a large corporation is kind of fucking moronic.”
*”Tonight’s forecast: Dark. Continued dark throughout most of the evening, with some widely-scattered light towards morning.”
*”When you’re born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front-row seat.”
“Take a fucking chance! Put a little fun in your life! … most Americans are soft and frightened and unimaginative and they don’t realize there’s such a thing as dangerous fun, and they certainly don’t recognize a good show when they see one.”
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