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    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008
    I bonded with my older brothers over the "Occupation: Foole" and "Class Clown" albums, and with my father when he took me to a live Carlin show as a teenager.

    earlier tonight, I watched some of Carlin's more recent stuff on YouTube, when he'd entered his Angry Old Man phase, and I was blown away. I'd thought of him as being kind of frozen in time somewhere back in the 80s, but the stuff he was saying over the past few years mirrored a lot of my own rants beliefs.
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008
    Death just had to lay his finger on the man earlier then need be. What a shit bag.
    • CommentAuthorLachesis
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008
    @jzellis I said something very similar to this early this morning, blearily staring at my computer.

    Anyway, also like was posted by me elsewhere.

    Thanks for everything, George. Abide awhile and wait for the mantle to be picked up.
    • CommentAuthorHarlotbug3
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008
    I had hopes that he'd be around a lot longer. Serious hopes. It may well have been his preference, but it seems a great injustice that he never got decrepit enough to really get into a crotchety old man schtick.
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008 edited
    Terrible news. But the world is a better place having had him.

    "I don't worry about the little things: Bees, trees, whales, snails... I think we are part of a greater wisdom than we will ever understand; A higher order. Call it what you want. I call it 'The Big Electron'. It doesn't punish, doesn't judge at all, it just is. And so are we-- for a little while. Thanks for being here with me, for a little while." -George Carlin
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    Across the train, someone else's headline kicked me in the face. I flipped my iPod over to "Religion" and "There Is No God," and offered an anti-prayer to the gent.

    Loved. Missed.
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    I'm glad I was able to seem him live at least once. He was a great personality on and off stage.

    Still wish I got to see Bill Hicks before he died.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008
    Well, either George was right or we'll have to hope the Big Man is a fan...

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    I’ll never forget the bit about “the invisible man in the sky, who watches everything you do, and will condemn you to eternal torture for not following the rules…but he loves you!”

    Carlin made me realize something very important: there’s nothing wrong with looking down on religious people as subhuman, because they are.
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008 edited
    god fucking damn, im so down today becasue of this, in the last 10 years i have seen Carlin 3 times live, just recently at the Meyerhoff a few months ago, where he was as sharp as a 30 year old, and biting as ever. his live routines are always longer and more personal than the HBO specials. A lot of material that mever makes it in, but im telling you the older i get the more i agree and can't help but view things the way he started to see things later in his career, 1990-. I know the press will jump on his dirty words and baseball routines, but his best stuff to me was his last few specials. After 911, and the few before..he spoke the truth so eloquently, the real truth that some don't want to acknowledge much like Lenny Bruce did, and Bill Hicks after him. He was so funny because life is funny, its a comedy from aging, shitting to picking scabs, our bodies our self righteousness, greed, conceit, bullshit puppet show politics, wars.. he mocked all of that shit. All of it and made me laugh about it..everytime wether here on on other boards someone starts a thread talking about voting and politics, i always wanna post this clip and just say why? seriously, and i remember seeing this and thinking man, he nailed it..this is how it really is and will always be, it might not be that funny to everyone but sometimes you can't do anything but laugh

    In honor of not voting, not caring and knowing how things really are in this country and laughing about it.

    and another great riff

      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008

    I've seen Carlin live. I've been a fan of his since I was 12. There's TONS of shit I've never mentioned on here that matters to me. Don't assume that just because someone hasn't mentioned something on a message board that they don't care about it. If someone had started a Carlin thread a week ago, I'm sure a bunch of us would have had something to say about the bastard.
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008
    It is a little disheartening to hear "biggest fans" talk about how he's drinking shots with George Burns and Lenny Bruce in the big bar in the sky or whatever. Did they all just happen to tune out during large portions of his best albums?
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008
    His latest HBO special was pretty fucking epic. I'm happy he left on a pretty epic high-note.

    I think that's it for outlaw comics. David Cross comes to mind but he did that fuckin chipmunks movie..yuck
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    I remember when I first heard him. I felt like a ten-year-old kid watching their parents having sex and wondering what the fuck they were doing that for. He had a view of the world like no-one else I've ever seen, and he was never afraid to tell it to people and making them laugh as he did it. People like him did more than make you laugh - they exposed their opinion about the world and helped you shape your own. And I thank Carlin immensely for both. Rest in peace, man.
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008
    Well this is a bigger cultural loss than Tim Russert. Possibly bigger than Heath Ledger. And this is the first famous person to die in a while who I won't make jokes about. George Carlin was a man.
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    And this is the first famous person to die in a while who I won't make jokes about.

    Oh, you already did:

    Possibly bigger than Heath Ledger.
    • CommentAuthorBurke
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008 edited
    Pryor is gone too.

    Seems like Paul Mooney's the only one left.

    @ Chris:

    Oh, I think there are plenty of "outlaw comics" left. Stanhope, Andy Andrist, Jim Norton, a whole bunch of guys. As I mentioned above, there's Mooney as well.

    And don't judge Cross for doing the chipmunks movie. Carlin did Scary Movie 3. Like Patton Oswalt says, you can't expect everything an artist does to be some kind of genius outsider art. There's not much money in stand-up these days. You have to do one for the system, and then you can do one for yourself and your friends.
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    Well this is a bigger cultural loss than Tim Russert. Possibly bigger than Heath Ledger.

    Thread closed.