Quote of the Week: George Carlin

“I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.”
No one lives forever, but it’s difficult to think of a world without George Carlin in it, observing, calculating, pulling us up when we veered into silliness. Taking us to silliness. And sometimes both at once.

Carlin died of heart failure today in Los Angeles. From Reuters:
Known for his edgy, provocative material, Carlin achieved status as an anti-Establishment icon in the 1970s with stand-up bits full of drug references and a routine called “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television.” A regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of the routine ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
The comedian’s death comes just days after the Kennedy Center announced that Carlin would receive the 2008 Mark Twain prize in November.

“Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time.”


Clea Simon said…
He was smart and he was edgy, but what I remember most was that he was gentle, too. He pointed out our idiocies and shared most of them. (Except in recent years when he was more pointedly political - and dead-on!)
trinity67 said…
It's shitty that he died. He was friggin' hilarious, smart and thought-provoking.
John McFetridge said…
George Carlin, Elmore Leonard and Alice Cooper are all heroes of mine because they've done their best work after kicking substance abuse - proving that artists don't need to be drug addicts or drunks.

George will be missed...

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