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Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin, Grammy-Winning Exponent of Black Humor, Dies

Not surprised, but still saddened when I read this headline:

George Carlin, Grammy-Winning Exponent of Black Humor, Dies
By Patrick Donahue

June 23 (Bloomberg) -- George Carlin, an American comedian who scrapped an early career as a variety-show humorist to become a Grammy-winning font of countercultural, profanity-filled black humor, died in California. He was 71.

Carlin went to St. John's Hospital, Santa Monica, yesterday after complaining of chest pain and died at 5:55 p.m. local time, publicist Jeff Abraham told the Associated Press. Abraham didn't immediately respond to a call requesting confirmation.

Carlin gained prominence in the 1970s with stand-up routines such as ``The Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV,'' which landed him in a Milwaukee jail. According to a timeline on the comedian's Web site, he was arrested for ``using indecent language in front of wheelchair-bound children.''

The subject of Carlin's routine in 1978 reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that the Federal Communications Commission had the power to prohibit stations from airing profanities when children may be able to hear them (edited for length. For the full story go to

Carlin spent a lifetime Thinking, Drinking (and drugs), and Being Merry.

Here a few of my favorite Carnin Lines:

Think off-center.

Always do whatever's next.

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.

Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time.

Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.

Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?

I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it.

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me - they're cramming for their final exam.

I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.

If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.

And Finally:

I'm always relieved when someone is delivering a eulogy and I realize I'm listening to it.

Not this time, George.

Sir Bowie of Greenbriar


  1. Great Blog. Yes, sad news when i heard it. only 71..yikes. so much to do so little time...

    Sir Dayvd.

  2. Yes, Sir George was a friend of mine. Not in the literal since, but I've followed his comedy since I was a wee lad of 12. In fact, my very first comedy record was a George Carlin record. I still love to quote the "Hippy Dippy Weather Man" and "Biff Barf, the Sports Caster" when I've had a few too many pops at the bar! I've seen George live in Vegas twice and in Evasnville 3 times. His unique view will be missed, but I'm sure he's getting plenty of new material now!

    Cheerio George!