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Vermonter
2008-Jun-23, 06:14 AM
It says on the news that Carlin died today of heart failure. :(

RIP, you will be missed.

Spec
2008-Jun-23, 06:27 AM
It says on the news that Carlin died today of heart failure. :(

RIP, you will be missed.

Wow this is surprising. He will be missed. Loved his comedy...

:(

ravens_cry
2008-Jun-23, 06:32 AM
My first memories of the late great comidian wasn't in one of his outragious comedy stand up, but on the Thomas the Tank Engine (also known as Shiny Time Station) as the narriotor. I loved that show as a kid, and the first time I heard one of George Carlins routines, the contrast rather added to the shock value of the humour.

Whirlpool
2008-Jun-23, 06:36 AM
My Condolences to Mr.Carlin's family.


:neutral:

Maksutov
2008-Jun-23, 06:38 AM
Real humour has lost a heroic figure.


There, those are seven words...

Hydro
2008-Jun-23, 06:41 AM
"I think it is the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately."

Rest in Peace, George Carlin.

novaderrik
2008-Jun-23, 06:48 AM
that sucks. funniest comedian ever- and one of the most intelligent, as well.

LucasVB
2008-Jun-23, 06:53 AM
A huge loss for comedy. :(

May Joe Pesci bless him!

novaderrik
2008-Jun-23, 07:16 AM
A huge loss for comedy. :(

May Joe Pesci bless him!
or maybe the giant electron, at the very least..

Maksutov
2008-Jun-23, 07:36 AM
A huge loss for comedy. :(


May Joe Pesci bless him!
or maybe the giant electron, at the very least..Or perhaps Buddy Christ (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/93/Buddy_christ.jpg)!

Chip
2008-Jun-23, 08:03 AM
He was a master. I love his political humor and just the way he used the English language was brilliant.

mike alexander
2008-Jun-23, 08:29 AM
"But then you cross the International Date Line..."

Moose
2008-Jun-23, 08:35 AM
Aw man. This makes me want to say several of the seven words you can't say on BAUT.

parallaxicality
2008-Jun-23, 08:49 AM
I've been listening to him all morning in tribute. I can't really post links to some of my favourite bits, since this is supposed to be a G-rated, non-political board, but may I say, as I've been saying across the internet today, that George Carlin was the Ambrose Bierce of our generation. A truly vicious iconoclast who wasn't afraid to not only break idols, but publicly defile them in front of the centurions. There isn't anyone else like him today, which is sad, because in this era of Intelligent Design and political correctness, we need him back.

Tuckerfan
2008-Jun-23, 10:40 AM
I think Mark Evanier at POVOnline.com put it best:


Seven words come immediately to mind. All are appropriate for the occasion.

He was scheduled to be awarded the Mark Twain prize for humor in a few weeks. :(

Doodler
2008-Jun-23, 10:54 AM
[expletive][expletive][expletive][expletive][expletive][expletive][expletive]

:(

mahesh
2008-Jun-23, 11:03 AM
me better get educationated on this one!

Celestial Mechanic
2008-Jun-23, 12:50 PM
My favorite bit of his was about left-overs (probably not in his exact words):

Left-overs make you feel good twice. The first time you feel good because "I'm saving food!" Then when you throw it away six weeks later you feel good for a second time because "I'm saving my life!"
:cry:

Swift
2008-Jun-23, 01:40 PM
I just hope he got is two minute warning. Here's to you George.

Warren Platts
2008-Jun-23, 02:30 PM
Wow this is surprising. He will be missed. Loved his comedy...

:(What's surprising is that he lived as long as he did. . . .

Maha Vailo
2008-Jun-23, 02:39 PM
He was one of the prime social commentators of the 20th century - and a great comedian to boot.

We'll miss ya, George.

- Maha "dirty words!" Vailo

Kaptain K
2008-Jun-23, 02:54 PM
Joins the pantheon of great social commentators like Mark Twain and Will Rogers! :( :cry:

jwheel
2008-Jun-23, 04:02 PM
RIP George, you will be missed.:cry:

Jim
2008-Jun-23, 04:34 PM
Carlin spent his early career as a radio DJ. (He had a gig as a night time DJ on KFJZ in Fort Worth, my hometown.) That's where he started to develop some of his classics... Hippy Dippy Weather, sports scores. "The forecast for tonight, dark, followed by increasing light." "5 to 1, 6 to 3, in a close one 2-1, and a partial... 3."

Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnatti was a bit of an homage to Carlin. Remember why Johnny was fired from that LA station?

Sad.

Chuck
2008-Jun-23, 04:36 PM
Which TV evangelist gets to tell us why God struck him dead?

BigDon
2008-Jun-23, 05:04 PM
What's surprising is that he lived as long as he did. . . .

Hey Warren,

you suck at eulogies.

In case nobodies told you.

Gillianren
2008-Jun-23, 05:11 PM
He was about the only person Kevin Smith allowed to ad lib in Dogma. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck collected their writing Oscar during production, but Carlin got to improvise.

My daughter's father introduced me to the humour of George Carlin, and I still list it as one of the good things that came out of that relationship. Everyone talks about the seven dirty words, but I think the class clown bit is a better epitaph.

Kaptain K
2008-Jun-23, 05:30 PM
Everyone talks about the seven dirty words, but I think the class clown bit is a better epitaph.

Or Occupation: Foole

Warren Platts
2008-Jun-23, 05:41 PM
Hey Warren,

you suck at eulogies.

In case nobodies told you.
That's not true! Everybody loved the only eulogy I ever did. My opening line was, "If any deserves to go to hell, it's Dick Barrett. . . ." :D

(Well, he did tell me that he once set off a bomb in London for the IRA that supposed killed 11 people. :neutral:)

jfribrg
2008-Jun-23, 06:37 PM
I don't remember too many of his lines, but I frequently allude to the ones that I do remember. Here are two of my favorites:

"Nobody ever goes to Denny's. You just end up at Denny's."

"What would life be like if the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Siren?"

Trebuchet
2008-Jun-23, 06:43 PM
"Why is there no blue food?"

Inspired me to make a blue birthday cake for my brother, many years ago.

Frantic Freddie
2008-Jun-23, 07:59 PM
"It's meatcake!"


Here in New Mexico we always laughed at the "No blue food" line since blue corn is common here.

The_Radiation_Specialist
2008-Jun-23, 08:09 PM
[The Seven Words You Can't Say on Television (or post on this forum) deleted. You really should know better.]

Click Ticker
2008-Jun-23, 08:14 PM
Disregard. I'll let whatever take it's course.

Carlin was funny at times, but I never really took to the whole shock the audience into laughing bit. He was almost funnier when he was limited by a censor, then he had to be at his most creative.

BigDon
2008-Jun-23, 09:04 PM
And he was definately funnier when he was destroying himself with cocaine. (Yes, Warren, I didn't say you were wrong)

antoniseb
2008-Jun-23, 09:11 PM
He did a lot of great stuff, but my favorites are either political, religious, or offensive to various large groups, so I won't be repeating them here.

blueshift
2008-Jun-24, 03:25 AM
Which TV evangelist gets to tell us why God struck him dead?I am sure that George would retort to a tune like this: "As I died I went into a tunnel and saw a light in the distance. A dog trotted out from the light right past me. I would soon find out why as I stepped into what the dog left behind and lost my balance, tripping up into a fall that broke the light. It's not there anymore. I think it was a 60 watt Sylvania."

Doodler
2008-Jun-24, 03:42 AM
One of his older bits that still gets me rolling is the Indian Drill Sergeant...

Celestial Mechanic
2008-Jun-24, 04:22 AM
"Why is there no blue food?"

Inspired me to make a blue birthday cake for my brother, many years ago.
Off the top of my head I can think of bleu cheese (well, the moldy bits are bluish) and blueberries (granted a very dark blue).

Enough people started asking why there were no blue M&Ms and now they do come in that color. So perhaps in a way George Carlin is the father of the blue M&M.

novaderrik
2008-Jun-24, 10:08 AM
Disregard. I'll let whatever take it's course.

Carlin was funny at times, but I never really took to the whole shock the audience into laughing bit. He was almost funnier when he was limited by a censor, then he had to be at his most creative.
the only reason anyone was ever shocked by anything he ever said was because no one could ever put seemingly totally different and opposite things together like he did. he was a master of taking things to their logical extreme, and having it make perfect sense to the audience once what he was saying sunk in.
i have trouble remembering any single bits of his- maybe because everything he ever did was so damn funny and intelligent- but when i hear somebody repeat something of his, i recognize it immediately.
i've got the dvd of the HBO comedy special he did in NYC a few months after 9/11, and he found a way to make even that seem somewhat funny without disrespecting or offending anyone. we need more people like him that can do things like that in times of tragedy.

Nadme
2008-Jun-24, 10:33 AM
His was an opinionated comedy.

Not my preference.

Maksutov
2008-Jun-24, 10:38 AM
The best comedy is opinionated. Otherwise it devolves into jokes.

Nadme
2008-Jun-24, 10:39 AM
He was almost funnier when he was limited by a censor, then he had to be at his most creative.

Interesting you point that out.

Not to go off topic, and I'm opposed to censorship, but "back in the old days" when censorship was a major issue comedians and etc. were "forced" to be more subtle -- which in turn became genuine cleverness.

I wonder how many people don't stop to realize some of the best TV sitcoms in the "Golden Age of Television" (and radio and cartooning, etc.) were due to censorship.

Made people work harder to get a point across, which truly sharpened their skills.

Quite unlike today's uninspired, unimaginative pablum. Guess "let it all hang out" permissiveness has its own unintended (negative) consequences...

Nadme
2008-Jun-24, 10:41 AM
The best comedy is opinionated. Otherwise it devolves into jokes.

I was never interested in Mr. Carlin's opinions.

If I want opinion I can watch Bill O'Reilly. :rolleyes: Come to think of it, Bill can be rather funny at times...

mahesh
2008-Jun-24, 10:53 AM
How come Mr Carlin has had no exposure here?
I may be wrong. But I can't believe, that all these years.....
...oh we have 'Friends'...that's alright then!...

Maksutov
2008-Jun-24, 11:03 AM
Those twin beds all TV 50s married people slept in were hilarious. I grew up during the 1950s and its repressive attitudes and mores screwed up a lot of people. Being a freethinker, I was exempt (phew).

Every generation of artists produces a body of work. Every generation of artists produces mostly crap.

But at least now the latest generations of artists don't have some Puritan looking over their shoulders saying "You can't do that!" and burning their output. At least in the more northerly parts of the US.

And as is true of every generation of artists, the best will get their points across. Only now the limits they work within are mostly self-imposed (as it should be) rather than dictated by the state (which has made a comeback in that department the last seven years).

I'm with Frank Zappa 100% on censorhip. (http://www.boingboing.net/2006/04/26/frank-zappas-anticen.html) (CAUTION: ADULT MATERIAL OF COURSE)

Censorship is a violation of the Bill of Rights.

Plus, if the censors are viewing/hearing material that will corrupt people, how do they remain uncorrupted?

Ah, I know. They have superior morals and values. Where have we heard that before?

Maksutov
2008-Jun-24, 11:05 AM
I was never interested in Mr. Carlin's opinions.

If I want opinion I can watch Bill O'Reilly. :rolleyes: Come to think of it, Bill can be rather funny at times...Yeah, if someone making a fool of themselves strikes you as funny.

Carlin's opinions weren't the humour. They were part of the driving force behind it.

Jim
2008-Jun-24, 01:07 PM
George Carlin did use a lot of very NSFW language. However, he also did some very "clean" bits, and had some memorable lines:

If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten.

Have you ever noticed...Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?

And, of course, Carlin hated misused words.

I don't like words that hide the truth. I don't like words that conceal reality. I don't like euphemisms... http://www.scribd.com/doc/2525803/George-Carlin-On-Language (Contains a couple of questionable words, edited.)

suntrack2
2008-Jun-24, 03:10 PM
May god keep their soul in the paradise, the world has lost the great personality. I heard that they were a great personality in the field of Humour in the Hollywood world. To compel to laugh the public is not a joke, it require more artistic and superior skill, in which they were master.

Trebuchet
2008-Jun-24, 07:12 PM
Off the top of my head I can think of bleu cheese (well, the moldy bits are bluish) and blueberries (granted a very dark blue).

Enough people started asking why there were no blue M&Ms and now they do come in that color. So perhaps in a way George Carlin is the father of the blue M&M.

I think (it was more than 30 years ago I saw the routine!) that Carlin specifically said "Blueberries are purple."

My father refused to eat the blue cake, apparently thought it would taste bad. It was just food coloring of course, and had no effect on the taste. Before I frosted it, the top of the cake which should have been golden brown was the most amazingly bad shade of green.

RalofTyr
2008-Jun-25, 06:58 AM
George Carlin wasn't a comedian, but a philosopher.

What did God say when George Carlin finally stood before him?











Nothing, there's no God.


Here are a few key Quotes from him,

Edited by the BAUT mod team. Profanity is not allowed here.

novaderrik
2008-Jun-25, 09:33 AM
George Carlin did use a lot of very NSFW language. However, he also did some very "clean" bits, and had some memorable lines:

If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten.

Have you ever noticed...Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?

And, of course, Carlin hated misused words.

I don't like words that hide the truth. I don't like words that conceal reality. I don't like euphemisms... http://www.scribd.com/doc/2525803/George-Carlin-On-Language (Contains a couple of questionable words, edited.)

that bit that you linked to is on the dvd i have of his performance during the first gulf war.

Swift
2008-Jun-25, 01:17 PM
This Saturday, Saturday Night Live (at least in the States) will be showing the SNL from 1975 when Carlin was the host for the first time.

Gillianren
2008-Jun-25, 04:36 PM
This Saturday, Saturday Night Live (at least in the States) will be showing the SNL from 1975 when Carlin was the host for the first time.

That would be the first episode, at that.

crosscountry
2008-Jun-25, 05:14 PM
I'll miss George Carlin, not for his comedy but rather his commentaries. I rarely laugh at his jokes, and sometimes it takes, took rather, several minutes between funny parts.


I am a big fan of comedy and love to laugh out loud - sometimes to the annoyance of people around me. He had great insight but not so much humor.


RIP GC

crosscountry
2008-Jun-25, 05:19 PM
I was never interested in Mr. Carlin's opinions.

If I want opinion I can watch Bill O'Reilly. :rolleyes: Come to think of it, Bill can be rather funny at times...



I agree with that assessment. I am a big fan of comedy and comedians, GC didn't fit that bill.

Tuckerfan
2008-Jun-25, 07:32 PM
HBO to air George Carlin marathon. (http://www.hbo.com/events/george-carlin/tribute.html?ntrack_para1=feat_main_image)

Wed 25th, Thurs 26th, starting at 8 pm.

Maksutov
2008-Jun-25, 10:30 PM
HBO to air George Carlin marathon. (http://www.hbo.com/events/george-carlin/tribute.html?ntrack_para1=feat_main_image)

Wed 25th, Thurs 26th, starting at 8 pm.Will have to watch and DVR. I enjoy good comedy and first-class comedians. Carlin fit both bills.

Comedy tinged with a touch of melancholy...oh well.

BigDon
2008-Jun-25, 10:44 PM
And they summoned the shades of dead musicians and entertainers to amuse them.

Clark Aston Smith - Zothique - "The Empire of The Necromancers"