Monday, June 23, 2008

Monday Morning Chuckle

Todays chuckle is delivered with the sad news about the passing yesterday of comedian George Denis Patrick Carlin. He was an innovator in the comedy world and was probably best known for his ‘7 Words you Can’t Say on TV’ (shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, & tits) from back in the mid-70s. Great stuff. Funny Stuff. Laugh out loud funny stuff.

His passing last night in California at the age of 71 leaves a gap in the comedy world. He was still touring and showcasing new material. While his shows were full of cuss words, it wasn’t about the cussing. He was a very smart observer and his comedy threw back at us the stupid things we do as humans, and if you were a politician, watch out.

Though stand-up comedy is what he’s known best for, he also appeared on television over the years (Welcome Back, Kotter; The Simpsons) and lots of people forget that George Carlin was the host for two-years of that Thomas the Tank Engine kids show, proving that he was an entertainer for both kids and adults…though mostly for adults. He authored several books (When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?; Napalm and Silly Putty; Brain Droppings, to name just a few) and appeared in several movies (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back).

Homer, Munchie (Carlin) and Seth (Martin Mull) in "D'oh'in In The Wind"

A couple of Carlin clips for your Monday Morning Chuckle. I’m pretty sure Carlin wouldn’t want people mourning his passing. I didn’t know him, of course, but I bet he’d rather have all of us just closely observe what we see today, and point out how fucked up some of the things we see every day really are.

You’ll be missed, George.

Why Prostitution Should be Legal

Religion is Bullshit


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