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Jun
08

RIP George Carlin


Growing up one of my favorite past times was to lay back on my bed and listen to George Carlin cds. I listened to them all so much that I had the routines memorized. It didn’t matter that I knew what was coming next, he never ceased to make me laugh. Combined with Kurt Vonnegut, Carlin helped influence me to no end in the way I see the world and the way I write. Carlin inspired me to want to be funny and entertain people and while I don’t normally care about celebrity deaths, this one joneses me out to no end.

After entering the hospital yesterday complaining of heart pain, Carlin, 71, died last night due to heart failure.

No comedian can ever match the level of his accomplishments or influence. Where Lenny Bruce started–and inspired Carlin–George picked up that mantle and started swinging at the world around him. Even recently his wit and genius for wordcraft and word play was still amazing.

I know I for one will sorely miss his gravely voice. Thanks for all the laughs George, they’ll keep coming long after today.

Everyone else I know is posting the Baseball/Football routine, but one of my favorite bits is one from the early 60s from the Killer Carlin album, take a listen here, you’ll definitely enjoy it.

http://boomp3.com/listen/byf2go31t_8/war-pictures

The embedded player may not work right, I’m still playing with it, but the link definitely works.

“Mickey Mantle is a sucker for a curveball” always makes me laugh when I say it at a baseball game, even though no one ever gets the reference.


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