June 24, 2008

George Carlin


Just had to take a moment to remember George Carlin. He is probably not the person you might expect to make an appearance on this blog. When I was a teenager, I had his entire Playing with Your Head album memorized word-for-word. Not the most appropriate comedy album for a teenager, but I that's what I did nonetheless. So, here's to remembering a social critic and great comedian.

2 comments:

  1. It was sad news to see he was gone. One of my favorite comedic rants of all-time was his stuff on euphemisms. Not the cleanest comic in the world, but man was he funny.

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  2. I never really watched Carlin much until last night. I read an article on Slate magazine about him with a link to youtube. I spent about the next 2 hours watching some of his later stuff.
    Although he delivered scathing critiques of religion and Christianity, I think because of that he may be more of a friend than an enemy. He certainly gives a clear picture of how many people view our beliefs and rituals, particularly this bit which Slate quotes:
    "Religion has actually convinced people that there is an invisible man, living in the sky, who watches everything you do, every minute of every day; and the invisible man has a special list of 10 things he does not want you to do; and if you do any of these 10 things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry, forever and ever, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and HE NEEDS MONEY."
    I may turn to him again when I need a reality check and my Christian bubble popped.

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