George Carlin’s still funny

As you may have read, George Carlin recently died of a heart attack. On my birthday this year, I posted about Carlin’s take on “stuff” (embedded below).

Carlin was always cynical and increasingly acerbic, but sometimes that’s the only way to get your ideas across. I didn’t always like his routines, but he usually said things worth hearing, which is a rarity among comedians.

As one obituary mentions, Carlin built bigger comedic bridges than almost anyone.

Of course, his best stuff is timeless, like his alternative story of stuff that’s just as useful (and funny!) today as it was when it was performed in 1986!

So let’s take a moment to remember the words of wisdom hidden in the comedy… and then get rid of some stuff.

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    Student Doctor Green said,

    June 23, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

    I had been thinking reading one of his books lately and was shocked to hear he died. Still considering he had his first drug induced heart attack in 1978 he stuck around a while. Sad stuff.

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    Jessica said,

    June 24, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

    They were playing some George Carlin clips on Democracy Now as I was driving into work this morning. That guy was pretty awesome. I wonder what he and Tim Russert are talking about right now?

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    Will said,

    June 24, 2008 @ 11:35 pm

    SDG: Yeah, he was a really driven, tenacious guy.

    Jessica: Which clips were they playing? I’m actually not very familiar with most of Carlin’s stuff… I just like what I’ve seen. 🙂

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