Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin, RIP

Yet another giant in his field has left us. George Carlin has been a comedy institution for so long that, in my mind, I felt he'd always been there and figured he always would. Probably most famous for his famous "Seven Dirty Words" bit from the '70s which redefined public decency standards, I was first exposed to him at the ripe old age of eight when he played "Rufus" in the Bill & Ted movies.

It wasn't long, however, before I discovered the history behind the man. In all his years on the stage, Carlin never lost his edge, and as his career stretched from decade to decade to decade, he remained a vociferous social critic, using his comedy pulpit to its fullest. As one messageboard eulogy aptly put it, he was a devoutly crabby man who was usually crabby about the right things.

Here's a memorable selection from one of his recent shows, which seems an appropriate way to remember the man:

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