For better or worse I received a good part of my philosophical education through comedians when I was growing up. In his early days, George Carlin was best known for his “7 dirty words” routine, which was quickly committed to memory by anyone who heard it. When I was a kid, I couldn’t for the life of me remember the date of any important historical event but those 7 words were instantly burned into my cerebral cortex.
I’m hoping they will be my last words.
In his later years Carlin evolved into more of an apocalyptic philosopher who still threw in a fart joke while ruminated on the absurdity of a loving, caring God. I think he referred to the Big Guy as “The invisible man in the sky who will damn you to eternal hell and flames to suffer forever if you break any of his rules….but he LOVES you”. Or something like that.
Carlin was also the narrator for the “Thomas the Train” tv show. I got a huge kick out of that when my kids used to watch it.
My brothers and I used to listen to a lot of comedy albums as kids. Looking back, the ones that stuck were, in particular order:
George Carlin – Class Clown
Richard Pryor – That N-‘s crazy
Steve Martin _Wild and Crazy Guy
Bill Cosby – Wonderfulness
Cheech and Chong – Big Bambu
Anyway, here’s to Carlin. I hope the invisible man in the sky has a spot for him.
Paul Rogers June 23, 2008
Carlin was one of the few guys who always told the truth. He seemed like he knew some things that the rest of us were trying to figure out.
When my son, Nate, was around twelve years old he came across Carlin on HBO late one night and announced to me the next morning that George Carlin was the funniest man on earth. I knew then that my son was going to be all right. We're going to miss him.
Mike Moran June 23, 2008
Sad news to hear on the radio waking me up this morning.
George was the best.
Bob Staake June 23, 2008
we would have DEFINITELY been hanging out together as kids, dale.
carlin was just the best -- the guy took his stand-up and observational humor to a completely new (and unhead of) level.
inventively brilliant and original comics are seldom spawned making guys like pryor, andy kaufman and carlin a truly rare breed indeed.
thanks for posting this -- as well as your fabulous carlin caricature!
Scott Bakal June 23, 2008
Carlin...my favorite comedian. A disappointed sadness came over me when I found out. I read that he was having health issues but to his credit, he was performing as recently as last weekend.
John Dykes June 23, 2008
Nice drawing, Dale.... Yeah - some great memories esp hearing him in the early days....
Christoph Hitz June 23, 2008
He was just recently in the nearby Kingston, NY and I contemplated about getting tickets and see him with my teenager in tow. Emmett had memorized his entire sport schtick and had tauntingly tried it on his grandfather, who is a big baseball and football fan. I figured Emmett had to be just a year older to see him live. Darn, what a bad call, the hilarious m***** f***** is gone and will be missed.
Tim OBrien June 23, 2008
Sorry to see him go. I have to go out and check the heart SOON.
Rob Dunlavey June 23, 2008
Carlin slipped off my radar screen for as long time but was just coming back full throttle --and not a moment too soon. Now he seems like a true iconoclast. Something we need more of.
Alex Murawski June 24, 2008
This guy will be missed. And Dale, your pencil work is staggering.
Spokane Al June 24, 2008
Those were very nice words. I can also remember putting Cosby's Wonderfulness record on the old player and listening to it with my father. It was good to laugh with him.