June 23, 2008

People I Don't Know

I don't typically mourn people I don't know, upon their passing. I'm empathetic, but its not a... void for me. Its more along the lines of, 'Wow, that is sad."

So it seems even odder to me that I am genuinely mourning George Carlin. He was tied for first place as my favorite comedian... tied with... ready? Tied with Bill Cosby.

Talk about night and day... and I don't mean that in a racial sense... although it surely does apply. Clean wholesome comedy that makes me laugh until I want to cry and some of the filthiest but relevant comedy that makes me laugh... until I want to cry.

I started watching Mr. Carlin in High School. My favorite shtick? I have it memorized... it started with Rat Shit, Bat Shit. I can recite the entire thing here, but won't.

I absolutely loved watching him. His poking fun at society, laughing at the absurdity that surrounds us...

I'm going to miss him. I didn't know him... but I'm really going to miss him.

Posted by Boudicca at June 23, 2008 10:32 PM | TrackBack

As an editor, I'll miss him too.

I love how he highlighted how absurd our language can be with masterpieces like Seven Dirty Words and his classic riff between baseball and football terminology.

RIP George Carlin

Posted by: George at June 24, 2008 05:56 AM

The George Carlin of the past 10 years isn't the man to miss. It's the genius of "Seven Words".

And for Cosby? That whole routine "Cosby Himself" makes me laugh just thinking about it. Especially the bit about taking drugs:

Druggee: "Drugs intensify your personality"
Cosby: "Um, so what if you are an a$$hole"

Posted by: Kris, in New England at June 24, 2008 11:11 AM

I left a little tribute to George Carlin over at my place. My three favorite routines were "Seven Words" (of course), "Baseball & Football", and "Icebox Man". He could be filthy as all hell, but he had some good clean routines (the last two I listed, notably). Oh yeah, I remember the "Rat Shit, Bat Shit..." cheer as well.

Although I can't resist certain vulgar comedy routines any more than the next person (I'll confess that Chris Rock can send me to the floor howling), I'm gaining an affinity for some of the cleaner comedians out there. One notable gem my wife picked up and which became a staple of our long car trips is Mark Lowry. One of the very few Christian comedians that I consider truly funny. And very clean, so he can be considered kid-safe (but hopefully they don't pick up any ideas from some of the stunts he did as a youth).

The world needs more comedians like George Carlin. Funny, and dirty at times, but even his vulgar humor often had a point or lesson behind it. Rest in peace.

Posted by: diamond dave at June 24, 2008 02:50 PM

Dave: Have you seen any of Demetri Martin's stuff? He cracks me up.

Posted by: PeggyU at June 25, 2008 11:12 AM

Also a big fan of early Carlin & Cosby. Used to listen to them both on 12" vinyl.

Posted by: Harvey at June 26, 2008 06:52 PM