George Carlin: 1937 - 2008


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Not here
Jun 23, 2008 - 01:49pm PT
Carlin had a great ability to see right through social illusions and propaganda.
He was brilliant.

His comedy medium showed off how he was a genius with his wit. The material he used made him one of the greatest teachers, political analysis, sociologist of our time.

His death is a great loss.


George Carlin Quote

"Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things."

"One nice thing about egotists: they don’t talk about other people."

"If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?"

"One out of every three Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of two of your best friends. If they are OK, then it must be you."

"If the “black box” flight recorder is never damaged during a plane crash, why isn’t the whole damn airplane made out of that sh#t?"

"I like Florida. Everything is in the 80’s. The temperatures, the ages and the IQ’s."

"Women like silent men, they think they're listening."


Social climber
wuz real!
Jun 23, 2008 - 02:56pm PT
All the stuff he did and said, and the first thing any media story brings up is the 7 words. As signifcant as that was, what about shining time Station?
Thanks, George.

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jun 23, 2008 - 04:17pm PT
old interviews with george on npr right now.

Social climber
Hercules, CA
Jun 23, 2008 - 05:11pm PT
I saw him in either 77 or 78 at the old Circle Star theater on the Peninsula. Dang, he was funny.

I'll miss that humor. It was always thoughtful.

Trad climber
Butte, America
Jun 23, 2008 - 06:46pm PT
True, Jaybro. Listen to George tell about the adventures on the Island of Sodor brought a smile to my son's face and mine, as well. he wanted his epitaph to say:


Jun 23, 2008 - 06:55pm PT
"I'm getting really sick of guys named Todd. ... Where are all these goofy fcuking boys' names coming from? Taylor, Tyler, Jordan, Flynn — these are not real names. You wanna hear a real name? Eddie."

Man that guy made me laugh.

Trad climber
So. Cal.
Jun 23, 2008 - 07:16pm PT
I never thought he'd ever ammount to anything after he got fired in Vegas for saying "sh#t" in a town where the big game's called "crap".

Trad climber
Jun 23, 2008 - 07:30pm PT
I remember hearing the Class Clown album when I was about 10, my cousin had it. Way Funny!!! My good buddy, Flaky Flea and a Curry Dog Bellman who shall remain nameless told me the story of meeting him while camping and smoking a joint with him when they were like 14.

Jun 23, 2008 - 08:28pm PT

Social climber
wuz real!
Jun 23, 2008 - 08:31pm PT
Nice to hear we shared that sort of experience, Mojede.

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Jun 23, 2008 - 08:38pm PT
Jammin' In New York is a total freakin' classic.
Really sad news. Amazing talent.
Truly inspiring entertainer.
Great links Kleinfelter,
thanks for posting.

Trad climber
Jun 23, 2008 - 08:39pm PT
Dang... I'll miss him lots :(

Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Jun 23, 2008 - 11:24pm PT
I've been pondering this pretty much all day.

I firmly believe that George would not want a big who-raw about his passing.

The way I see it, he gave us the greatest gift he could... His thoughts, his writings, and his time. His time being the most important in the list.

Looking at the world, this country, and our society in general and pointing out the inevitable contradictions about each in a way that the general public could comprehend.

To pay tribute to his passing, I will be listening to every show I have on CD from start to finish until I have listened to them all. And I have them all. This will help me remember his words... Then I'll listen to them again.

Speaking of words, he taught me that it was important to learn the language and to know the appropriate time with which to use the language. "Occupation Foole" and the "Filthy Words" portion of that album were indelibly etched in my minds as a kid.

My only bad feeling about his death is that I never took the opportunity to see him perform live. Had plenty of chances, but never found the time or didn't have the money, or both. I will miss him for all his new stuff, but I have an entire lifetime of material with which to listen too, any time I want. And this, to me, will keep me company for a long, long time. Hell, his comedy has kept me company along many a long and winding road in the past.

No reason why it cannot continue. And isn't that what we all hope to achieve in some small way? To leave behind a legacy that many others can enjoy for a lifetime? Well, I guess that's just my own comforting illusion.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jun 24, 2008 - 11:51am PT
he'll be missed, great mind...

loved his leftover thing...

how do you respond to this? he wonders...

"hey, anyone want to eat these leftovers in the refrigerator?
If you don't I'm going to throw them out"

he ask, why would you want to eat them if they're going to be thrown out?!

anyway... he had that kind of mind.

Social climber
wuz real!
Jun 24, 2008 - 07:58pm PT
I have an affinity for mad genius, (see also EA Poe, HST, Burroughs, Dostoyevskii, Lenny Bruce, Shipley, Walling, and more (!)) and he is somewhat responsible for that.

Jun 24, 2008 - 09:02pm PT
Holy jumpin' fuçkin' shi†balls!

Sorry, just had to type that once.

I hope we have the good sense to blow him up rather than cremate or bury him. That's what he hoped for. "Plgghhhhplghhhhhh...There he goes!"

Social climber
Jun 28, 2008 - 02:02pm PT
Hey George Carlin Fans,
SNL will be showing its premier show tonight w/guest host

Extra Treat-Andy Kaufman!

Should be good.

Social climber
Hercules, CA
Jun 28, 2008 - 02:49pm PT
Watching him on Inside the Actor's Studio right now on Bravo.

Good stuff

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
May 12, 2013 - 11:47pm PT
Bump for George's birthday!

I do miss his wit.
The Warbler

the edge of America
May 13, 2013 - 12:07am PT
This George Carlin quote might belong on Dr F's thread too :

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”
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