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George Carlin
1937-2008

Hey guys. Quint here. When I was a child my mom hid only one VHS from me. It was a tape that had two movies recorded off of HBO: Cronenberg's The Fly and Aliens. I don't know why that tape. I had pretty free reign to watch whatever I wanted. Case in point, I used to get in trouble at school reciting George Carlin bits to my friends. For some odd reason it was George Carlin and Bill Cosby that I'd do. And I'm no extrovert, no big public speaker. That was pretty big shit for me to do, put myself out there. I just loved Carlin's material and I loved making people laugh using the material, be it neighborhood kids, relatives or at school (where it was the big no-no). When I was 12 I moved to Texas. My first year in high school I took Journalism 101 because I wanted to write for the newspaper later in high school. It was around this time that George Carlin came through town, playing at the wonderful Paramount Theater. My stepdad and I got tickets to his show and I asked my Journalism teacher, Mrs. Lubke, if I could cover the concert for the newspaper (she also oversaw that). Keep in mind, this wasn't more than 2 months into my first semester and they agreed. So I went to the show and it was awesome. The energy he had was just as impressive as it was on his records and HBO specials I was addicted to. Afterwards, at the urging of my stepdad, I stuck around to see if I could get a couple words with Carlin for the article. After about half an hour, a guy in a purple shirt came out on stage and talked to the two or three people who stuck around. It wasn't Carlin, it was his manager Jerry Hamza. I pleaded my case. I was a freshman in high school, I was writing up the concert for the school newspaper... could I have an interview? No, said Mr. Hamza. George was tired, but... BUT... he might be able to talk to me over the phone a week later. He gave me his business card and I told him "It's just a high school newspaper, so no pressure or anything." "That's why I think he'll do it," he told me. So I set it up and a couple weeks later I'm sitting in my kitchen waiting for the phone to ring. He was supposed to call at 2pm sharp and like you see in the movies, the second hand hit 12 and the big hand moved over marking 2pm and the phone rang. I dug up this tape a year or two ago, so it's no exaggeration when I say it began like this: Me: Hello? George Carlin: Hi, George Carlin. How are ya'. Me: .... 8 seconds later... Me: H-hi! This was my first interview ever. Not my first celebrity interview, mind you. My first interview ever. I was 14 years old. We hadn't even began interviewing our classmates in J101 yet. I took this really seriously. I had a week head time once the interview was locked and I hit the library. I found books on comedy, books on Carlin, researched the obscenity trials, found out some banal trivia... the works. So I threw everything I had at him. I mentioned reading that he got fired from his first job... don't remember exactly where it was... maybe a TV news station. Wherever it was, he got fired for stealing the company van and disappearing for 2 days. I asked him, "So, where did you go?" He laughed (I remember this part very fondly). It wasn't a mean laugh, it was a very warm laugh and he said he probably just went to Long Island and got high with his buddies, but he chuckled the whole way. Aside from being very green, I was extremely nervous and I told him so right at the beginning of the interview. He said, "Forget about it. Let me tell you something. One thing I've learned is if you go through life and don't give a fuck you'll find yourself a happier person." I had a little under 15 minutes on the phone with him before all was said and done. Of course my high school paper couldn't print half the interview, thanks to Mr. Carlin's always dependable filthy mouth, but it was a huge turning point in my life. If he had been a huge douche to me, I probably never would have pursued more interviews and part of what Harry saw in me when I started hanging around was that I was out there hunting down interviews. One thing I'll always remember about the man is how the interview ended. I finished my questions and I said that was it... and I'm sorry if it really sucked, but it was my first interview. Very warmly he told me I did fine and that next time he came through Austin I should let myself be known to his people because he wanted to shake my hand. I saw him perform again a couple years ago... I found Mr. Hamza and told him what Mr. Carlin said. Unfortunately, I caught him between the afternoon show and the evening show at the tail end of his tour and Jerry said it'd have to wait until next time. There won't be a next time now, but I feel extremely privileged to have spoken to one of my idols and to have it be such a warm experience. I can't say this about many people, but George Carlin directly had a hand in steering me to where I am now. He gave me the confidence to talk to celebrities, no matter how much I idolized them and that if I worked hard enough and was persistent enough I could talk to anybody I wanted. George Carlin will always be a giant in the world of comedy and he's a giant to me personally. This has been a tough week for me. It feels like my icons and heroes are peeling away one by one. I hope to god this is it for a while. I don't know if I can take another punch-to-the-gut loss without becoming a blubbering mess. Harry suggested I dig up that old tape and give it a listen... transcribe it for you guys... Despite that being extremely embarrassing for me personally, I just might do it in tribute to the man who meant so much to me. My thoughts tonight will be with Mr. Carlin, his family, friends and fans.



Beaks here... Shit. Piss. Fuck. Cunt. Cocksucker. Motherfucker. Tits. Right now, this is just a placeholder to pass along the bullshit news that George Carlin has succumbed to heart failure at the age of 71. We're absorbing the shock along with you. While it's true that Carlin was not a young man, and that he'd be the first to tell us to go fuck ourselves for getting overly sentimental about his death... well, you cranky dead old fuck, we're going to eulogize you whether you like it or not. You meant too much to us. Drew's writing, I'm writing... it's just hard to know where to start. For now, please use the talkback to say whatever you need to say. Okay, some hastily typed-out thoughts... In George Carlin's last HBO special, "It's Bad for Ya", the fire-breathing old comic did a bit on the trite horseshit people say to each when someone dies. I didn't laugh too hard at any of it (Carlin's material wasn't material after his wife Brenda died in 1997; it was the brutal, atheistic truth), but I was glad to hear someone savaging this brand of affected, hat-tipping solemnity. "If there's anything I can do." Carlin's retort: "How 'bout coming over and painting the garage." Delivered deadpan, with an almost imperceptible cock of the eyebrow, it was Carlin in subtle, "You're so spectacularly full of shit, I can't even muster up the outrage" mode. He had a multitude of modes. Scold. Satirist. Blasphemer. Pervert. Foole. And they've all been switched off for good because death can't see its way clear to let us live to 500. You got the sense that Carlin was dodging the Reaper's scythe over the last few years; there was a stint in rehab, talk of heart trouble, and the inescapable fact that he was getting old. But it was a comfort to know he was out there, mic in hand, raging at the emptiness to come. Carlin had been far too honest with us over the course of his brilliant career - which began in the late 1950s! - to insult us with a softening of spirit; the simple dignity of dying had been co-opted by the same imbeciles who'd ruined everything else in this stupid life, and he wasn't about to go quietly. Again, this wasn't Carlin at his cleverest, but he was way past the point of profane elegance. He just wanted to get some pissed-off shit said before he couldn't say it anymore. Some may want to revisit these more recent specials to get a glimpse of an artist going down guns blazing, but why go with MADADAYO when you can revisit the SEVEN SAMURAI glory of CLASS CLOWN, TOLEDO WINDOW BOX and his late-career triumph, PARENTAL ADVISORY: EXPLICIT LYRICS? Give me the swordsman in his bloodletting prime. Carlin was already an institution when I discovered him via videotaped SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in the early 1980s, so I was free to mix and match his present-day screeds with his Vietnam era vitriol. Whereas Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce were geniuses of a particular time, Carlin's brilliance spanned decades. His bit about Catholic school students pestering a priest over the finer points of observing Easter on "a ship at sea" (which later crosses the International Date Line) has no expiration date. The same goes for his groundbreaking drug humor. And this is all because Carlin worshipped at the altar of language. He found ecstasy in the precise wording of a joke. He was a professional. And by demanding more of himself, he raised the standards of his audience. He made us better skeptics. But not perfect skeptics. I'll try laughing tomorrow. Faithfully submitted, Mr. Beaks Here's Massawyrm...

I couldn't have been any older than ten when my father first brought home Carlin on Campus. We had a weekly movie night every Saturday when we would rent a video, make homemade pizza, then watch and ultimately discuss whatever it was we brought home - as a family. This lasted from when I was very young until I graduated high school. One week, however, much to the consternation of my mother, my father brought home this filthy, vile, language heavy piece of brilliance in which George Carlin opened with a prayer and proceeded to pray that Barry Manilow get a boil on his ass. My mother, a huge Manilow fan, recoiled in horror. My father just laughed his ass off. And I laughed with him. I still remember my mother looking at me, cross and trying to maintain authority. I can still hear her. "CHRISTOPHER! I don't ever want to ever hear you use that kind of language, you got me?" Fuck. That. To say that Carlin had an enormous influence on me is something of an understatement. Not only did I record the show off of HBO when next it played (and proceeded to watch it until I had it memorized), but it turned me on to a whole world of stand up - and a whole world of critical thought that allowed you to both talk about very real, serious things while approaching it with a brazen sense of humor and satire. Carlin made you feel like you weren't alone. That the rest of the world really was that crazy, that they really were that stupid, and that sometimes you had to just stand there, scratch your head and ask "What the fuck are you thinking? You don't really believe that, do you?" He was a brilliant satirist, a wonderful thinker, and the man could swear like nobodies business. He could wield an f-bomb like Rembrandt could a brush. To this day, when I'm bogged down with writers block and can't seem to squeeze out a word, I take a deep breath, put on a Carlin album and paint a miniature until I get my head straight. Works every time. The guy was a complete fucking genius - a one of a kind who kept it up and never lost relevance. All I can say at a moment like this is that I have never, ever in my life wished for there to be a God more than this moment. I mean, can you imagine the fucking reaming that guy is taking from Carlin right now? Holy shit is Carlin gonna give him what for. Massawyrm





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  • June 23, 2008, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Fuck.

    by RawShark13

    This 0ne hurts real bad...

  • June 23, 2008, 12:49 a.m. CST

    poop

    by CrazySlasher27

    second:(

  • June 23, 2008, 12:49 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by icecubejdi1544

    that sucks donkey balls...sad sad day :(

  • June 23, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Wow

    by JeffDaMan

    This totally sucks. RIP you crazy fuck...

  • June 23, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Sucks.

    by DHJeffries

    I saw him a few years ago. He opened with: "You know what you never hear about anymore? PUSSY FARTS!" We'll miss you.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    wow

    by THE KNIGHT

    RIP... fuck death right up his ass. shame shame!

  • June 23, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    He's down there...

    by Junior Frenger

    ... looking up at us

  • June 23, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Pussy Fuckin shit...

    by samuraiyao

    great comic, have all his albums and books, and they never get old too..

  • June 23, 2008, 12:52 a.m. CST

    SON OF A BITCH!

    by CaptainWalker

    This year Fucking SUCKS! George was the best damned advertisement for Atheism there ever was! I'll fucking miss him. For this reason alone, there should never be a Bill And Ted part Three.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:53 a.m. CST

    RUFUS!!!!!!!!!

    by Redfive!

    This is NOT FAIR!!

  • June 23, 2008, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Shitting at full speed....

    by Pitofbenders

    Wow this totally blows. Comedy has lost a true legend.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Christ...

    by Gap Toothed TV Boy

    I audibly gasped when I read this. I can't believe it. He was the best!

  • June 23, 2008, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Right on "The Knight"

    by CaptainWalker

    Somebody tell death to bend over! I'm freakin sick of this crap!

  • June 23, 2008, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Greatest standup comedian of all time.

    by Prossor

  • June 23, 2008, 12:54 a.m. CST

    by Cigar2

    Just read the news sad very sad one of the true comedic genius is gone.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:54 a.m. CST

    PISSED!!!! :(

    by wowsucks

    Fuck the fuckin, fuckers! Give them hell George! RIP. :( Damn it who's next this year.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST

    He was pure genius. RIP, George.

    by Big Dumb Ape

    That's right, I said albums and not CDs. I'm admitting I'm an older guy, ok? I remember the good ol' days of vinyl and needles and scratching records and then having to go out and re-buy them all over again. And man, George Carlin's albums were always just a joy to sit and listen to. And to pick up that needle and move it right back to a particular spot to re-hear a section of a monologue all over again. And it was a sign of his talent that it never got tiring.<p>What can you say? The man was genius through and through. He cut through bullshit like no other with laser precision and even when he appeared in movies his entire "no bullshit" persona just radiated as well. Just seeing him give another actor on screen THAT certain look, which only he could summon up, would totally crack me up.<p>So RIP, George. The joy you gave so many of us, as well as your impact and comedic legacy, will not be soon forgotten.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Man...

    by SpiceWonBruce

    Carlin was my idol. His genius was unparallel. I'm in shock. Yeah, sure he was old and this death thing is inevitable. But...I don't know. A very sad, sad day.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST

    great counter-culture, non-conformist voice

    by Rupee88

    I loved him back in the 80s...glad he stuck around and always had some wise things to day.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    He was an old fuck, but we loved him.

    by baronmunchausen

    After I read that he died I thought of his last HBO special "It's Bad for Ya." He does this hysterical rendition of an after funeral gathering of family and friends that go on and on about how he was proud of them and smiling down from heaven. Well, Carlin isn't smiling down from anywhere (I hope). I tend to think he just passed on and is gone. I'll miss the crazy old fuck, I was hoping to get the chance to see him someday. At least I finally wised up and understood the value of his brand of comedy. Thanks, George.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Shi...Pi...Fu...Cun...Coc...Motherf...Ti.........

    by closeencounter

    R.I.P Mr. Carlin. Damn, truly a sad day :^(((((((((((((

  • June 23, 2008, 12:57 a.m. CST

    I had to register just so I could say.....

    by FatalMISTER Z

    Fuck!

  • June 23, 2008, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Ditto FatalMISTER Z

    by Pitofbenders

    I have been coming here for years but this one I had to register to add something.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Man....

    by Series7

    Wow. Sucks, I use his words of wisdom almost every day. He was amazingly funny and relevant even after all these years.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?!?

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Why? Why? Why? Why are most of people who are against abortion, women you wouldn't want to fuck anyway? <p> RIP George. I miss you already, man. <p> shit...

  • June 23, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Goddamn it

    by HcReeve24

    I just saw him a couple of weeks ago at the Orleans Casino. I now feel privledged to have just seen him perform in person just once. We will miss you George.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST

    A huge loss

    by AudioKarateKid

    The Poli-Sci nerd in me had a hard time when Tim Russert was taken away from us. The film geek in me wept when we lost the great Stan Winston. Somehow though, this one hurts worst of all.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST

    My favorite comedian

    by elecam

    He got better with age unlike most comedians. He will be missed. I wondering if he's smiling down on all of us.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    by Negator76

    Goddammit, George. Here's hoping you get to be Fine AND Dandy. And may all the Todds, Kyles, Dylans and Tuckers rot in hell. FUCK! NOTHING I COULD POSSIBLY WRITE WOULD DO THIS MAN'S MEMORY JUSTICE!

  • June 23, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST

    RIP Mr. Carlin. You're All Deceased.

    by Galactic

    We're losing some LEGENDS this year...

  • June 23, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Where are they going to put all of his Stuff

    by Zipperhead

  • June 23, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Say hello to Sam and Rodney

    by hallmitchell

    while you are up there. You were funny when you were young and you were funny when you were old. Even alot of the greats can't say that.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Fuck. Fuck. Fuck...

    by Paul T. Ryan

    Sad news. A great comedian and a passionate activist. You will be missed George.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Where are they going to put all of his Stuff?

    by Zipperhead

    He's got stuff everywhere!

  • June 23, 2008, 1:08 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. George

    by Athanatos

    A very sad day, hopefully you were wrong and you are now performing 7 things you can't say in Heaven. :-)

  • June 23, 2008, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Bat Shit, Rat Shit, Dirty Old Twat...

    by TheReverendDavidLee

    and 69 assholes tied in a knot. Today is indeed a dark day in the world. Rest in peace, you old magnificent bastard

  • June 23, 2008, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Rest in peace, Carlin.

    by Harry Weinstein

    Thank you.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Yet Carrot Top is allowed to live

    by OfficerBeans

    George will be missed. True comedic genius

  • June 23, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST

    FUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCK!

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  • June 23, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Fucking Hell...

    by Grimjack99

    ...that's all that really need be said. First Stan, now George. Somebody PLEASE go check on Romero and make sure he's still breathing.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Dammit.

    by ZeroCorpse

    Mitch Hedberg is dead. Richard Pryor is dead. George Carlin is dead. Yet fucking Carrot-top lives. <p> The world is unfair.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:14 a.m. CST

    "gentlemen... we're history"

    by Lt. Kaffee

    miss ya buddy

  • June 23, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    OH FUCK NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Orionsangels

  • June 23, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    If it turns out there is a God and Carlin was wrong...

    by blindambition238

    I bet the big guy still let the cranky bastard up there to hang out with him. He'll need George to help even out all the Mormons who are dulling down the place. <p> Hell, even he ended up in Hell, the Devil would keep him around to trade God jokes with. <p> RIP you foul mouthed bastard.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    A legend and a hero.

    by otm shank

    I met him on the set of "Bill and Ted go to Hell" (before it was changed to "Bogus Journey"). It was only for the fewest of moments, but he was extremely gracious and respectful. My friends and I were going to see him live about a month and a half ago in Vegas but got side-tracked and did'nt go. We said "we'll see him when he comes back to Southern Cal." If I knew then what I know now. R.I.P sir. Thank you for the decades of laughter and thought provoking. Your CD's will always be in my listening library.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Ever notice how nobody talks about pussyfarts?

    by Kraken

    I saw Carlin live once, it was a privilege. He opened with that line and everyone gasped, then laughed their asses off. RIP... be excellent to each other.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST

    A true Icon in every sense of the word

    by pancomplex

    I rarely post here and this is truly sad news. He defined class, wit, intelligence and actually made you think about life and the world with his comedy. He will sorely be missed. Rest in Peace Mr. Carlin

  • June 23, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST

    :(

    by EskNerd

  • June 23, 2008, 1:18 a.m. CST

    one of the few celebrities I care about

    by mr teaspoon

    This really sucks. George was one of the last icons.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Oh what the fuck!?!? Going to listen to Operation Fool and Class

    by TallScott

    FUCK!! Thats right i said it. FUCK! And top of that SHIT BITCH COCKSUCKER TWAT! Those seem to be the only words I can think of to express my shock and grief that Carlin is no longer with us. It seems Death is truly fucking with us this year thats for sure. The man was one of the greats ever. I really have nothing else to think of saying im so much in shock about this....... Kids buy to download Carlins best stuff. Ill Help. Class Clown, Operation Fool, AM/FM. ..now im gonna go dust off my truntable and listen to George and try not to cry.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    dammit

    by Spaz_Monkey

    This is just sad as hell. One of the greatest comics, because he was so much more than just a comic.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:22 a.m. CST

    What a pisser

    by Dingleberry Jones

    Goddammin I'm going to miss George Carlin. He was a funny motherfucker. He made you laugh and think and he cut though all the bullshit that society shoves at us day in and day out. And he did it for the fans, the guy was always out on tour. He pushed buttons and talked about things in a controversial, yet funny way. And the guy kept writing new material all the time, when he could have just put together a "greatest bits" routine and just let the audience treat him like a fucking jukebox (thank you Bill Hicks). He was also the comedian I could watch with my old man and we both could laugh our asses off. Going to miss you around here George.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Sigmund Freud said sometimes a cigar is just a cigar . . .

    by parallax_r

    YEAH, WELL SOMETIMES IT'S A BIG BROWN DICK! You will be missed and revered, sir . . .

  • June 23, 2008, 1:23 a.m. CST

    It's ironic in his recent last special he talks about funerals

    by Orionsangels

    and what people say and well if you saw it. you know what he says

  • June 23, 2008, 1:24 a.m. CST

    FUCK.

    by Kingdaddy

    We lost a legend today. Not movie wise...but comedy wise...

  • June 23, 2008, 1:25 a.m. CST

    HE PRACTICALLY RAISED ME

    by BrainFart

    My god, this sucks so fucking bad

  • June 23, 2008, 1:26 a.m. CST

    A Response to D.Vader

    by baronmunchausen

    It's simple, Carlin was an atheist and most of the atheists I know take comfort in the thought that when we die we cease to exist. So why would I hope he's smiling down at us? I hope he's gone to sleep to never wake up again, such as my belief suggests.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Raised on Carlin from a VERY young age

    by Thrillho77

    Thank God I turned out to be well-adjusted anyway! I'm going to miss this guy! Not only was he my favorite - he was, dare I say, the absolute best there ever was.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:28 a.m. CST

    It's. No. Bulllllllllshit.

    by Massawyrm 1

    I'm glad the guys are on this. Too depressed for words except to say he's the guy who broke my standup cherry when I was a kid. And I've hooked ever since. To this day when I get brain clogged with writers block, I stay up late painting miniatures and listening to Carlin albums. If there was no George Carlin, there'd be no Massawyrm, that's for god damned sure. Fucking rest in piece good buddy. If there's a man upstairs, I'm sure he's getting a fucking earful right about now...

  • June 23, 2008, 1:28 a.m. CST

    FUCK.

    by Cartagia

    I have the Carlin day calender, where everyday is a different quote from George. It has me laughing my ass off every. Day. Every fucking day. There are people I goddamn know that don't me laugh as much in a day as much as he did.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:28 a.m. CST

    George Carlin taught me to think for myself

    by HcReeve24

    George taught all of to question everything. This loss makes me question the wisdom of death. If there is a reaper I swear I will play him in clue in order to get George back.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Wow. The "Carrot top lives" joke--

    by ZeroCorpse

    We both wrote it at the same time. I spent an extra moment before hitting "post" because I was watching the end of one of the videos. <p> So, uh, jinx. Buy me some Coke.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:30 a.m. CST

    If there is a God...

    by Thrillho77

    then he created Carlin, and therefore he WANTS to hear the man's jokes. I'll bet he headlines the Heaven version of the Hollywood Bowl and they pay him in sweet angel pussy.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Shitty

    by Donny Loggins

    Best comedian of all time

  • June 23, 2008, 1:30 a.m. CST

    This news...

    by abysstare

    actually makes me genuinely sad... This was someone who seemed too vital to pass away... just makes you think about how long we have left those of us who are still here. Off to bed... will have to digest this further tomorrow. :(

  • June 23, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Death is being a little BITCH this year.

    by beatnikslacker

    im getting tired of seeing legends bite the farm and fucking cunts like amy winehouse still manage to keep on living. godspeed george, givem hell wherever you are.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST

    3 Cheers for Carlin...

    by Thrillho77

    AND all the chain e-mail word-play jokes that were incorrectly appropriated to George Carlin!

  • June 23, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST

    bruce, pryor, carlin...all gone

    by bacci40

    thats it...funny is now officially dead...

  • June 23, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST

    WoW

    by Magnethead

    That guy was a grumpy angry fuck. And I loved it. sad news

  • June 23, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    If ever a perfect epitaph...

    by DarthBigJimSlade

    truly a big huge major and totally unexpected and wrongful loss. I hope whomever is making his gravestone has the courage/taste/gravitas to simply carve those beautiful 7 words. Shit. Piss. Fuck. Cunt. Cocksucker. Motherfucker. Tits. RIP mr. first ever host of SNL.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    The man was a legend.

    by zool43

    He was funnier than shit. RIP George Carlin.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST

    George+1970s+Midnight Special=Awesome

    by MonsterManiac

    I'll never forget the great childhood memories I have of watching George Carlin on late-night TV with my family many a time back in the late '70s. My mom was a big fan in those days so it was always a cool night when he (or the Bee Gees) was on the Tonight Show or Midnight Special. Shoot, good times, man... PS: As I was literally finishing typing this they JUST NOW mentioned George Carlin on the Carol Burnett Show infomercial I just happened to randomly have on TV in the background as I surfed around.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST

    The world is so cruel!

    by pj_campbell

    I can't believe hes dead! This man was a legend! I grew up listening to him and he wrote some of my favorite stand up material ever! I can't believe this happened...first Stan, now this!? Whats going on with the world?? George, You were amazing and you have given me some of my favorite memories I could ever ask for! I hope your in a better place man, because the world is much darker without you. You will be sorely missed in the world. RIP George, thanks for all the laughs.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Truly

    by dvdhound79

    One of comedy's most prolific and greatest comedic geniuses is lost to us.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Another legend gone?!? Dammit!!!

    by r_number6

  • June 23, 2008, 1:44 a.m. CST

    shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits

    by Greatroarer

    George, you are a comedian and a gentleman who has changed this planet, and we are all a little less without you here anymore. Anyone comenting on Athiests, I am one too. And to clarify, it's not what I, personally, hope that there is not an afterlife, it's what I believe what is logical. I personally believe there is not a Heaven with all your worldly wants lined up for your ravaging, not even 100 virgins or banana splits or harps or whatever will make you happy up yonder that couldn't make you happy down here. But if somehow George and I am wrong, I'll buy you all a cool drink at his club up in the clouds...God will be in the front row.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:45 a.m. CST

    All my favorite comics are gone

    by DeSandman

    First Sam Kinison, then Rodney Dangerfield, now George Carlin. Why do all the great comedians die while assholes like Andrew Dice Clay and Carrot Top are still here?RIP George. Thank you for all the years of laughter. Now I got to tell my best friend that his mentor has died.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Carlin is irreplaceable

    by MonsterManiac

    I actually dig Dane Cook (and several other contemporaries) a lot, but man, no one can ever replace George Carlin, brah.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:47 a.m. CST

    This god crap is all a load of delusional shit...

    by CaptainWalker

    But I'll admit, a part of me is smiling at the thought of him confronting the big beard and shouting at him.."WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?"

  • June 23, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    by SebastianHaff

    This is awful. I rather doubt George was particularly worried about dying, but I don't give a fuck. I want him back. He is one of the very, VEEERY few performers whose act not ever went soft or got stale with age. All entertainers, regardless of their act, should strive for Carlin's success. And Carlin should fucking come back. If there is a God, I bet Georgie's shitting a brick. Hope they're getting along. Eh, what am I saying? Carlin probably already pissed on the pearly gates.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:51 a.m. CST

    One of the greatest comedic minds

    by superfleish76

    The man had a wonderful ability to look at fucked up situations and people, and call them out on it. America, and the world, have lost a true giant of modern comedy. I remember watching his most recent HBO special and thinking that it might be his last. So sorry that it was!

  • June 23, 2008, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Wow...

    by BYOBkenobi

    Blown away...not like the fucker was young, we all knew it was coming, but always a shock when it's upon us. I had the privilege of seeing this fucking guy twice in my 31 years on earth. This guy is the only man who has made my fucking face hurt from laughing so hard. You old fucker...

  • June 23, 2008, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Shit! Hit the Enter button, not the Tab button...

    by r_number6

    AM/FM was the first comeday album by anyone not named Bill Cosby I ever heard, and I was hooked. Divorce Game, Al Sleet Your Hippy-Dippy Weather Man, Shoot. It was greatness. Then Occupation: Foole and On the Road. Those were the only ones I actually owned, but I heard much more from him over the years. Yeah, 71 is not exactly in your prime and I'm sure those were probably 71 pretty hard-ridden years, but especially coming right on the heels of Russert and Winston. Shit. Death, take a damn holiday already, will ya! I hope they honor George's wishes...<p> "I don't wanna be buried and I don't wanna be cremated either. I wanna be blown up! BOOM! 'There he goes! God love him!'"

  • June 23, 2008, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Would LOVE it if there happens to be a God...

    by JimCurry

    then George - who obviously everyone here knows never believed in such a thing - could walk right up to him, scowl, and say something like, "Oh well fuck, big fuckin' deal." And stroll right past him... RIP, George.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Don't forget...

    by Gap Toothed TV Boy

    ...about Bill Hicks. First Bill, then Sam, then Rodney, now George. Who do we have left?

  • June 23, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST

    A true hero of mine...

    by Toulon

    ... he never backed down, stood up against censorship, and sometimes seemed to me the only voice of reason I was ever hearing. No one else has ever made me laugh so hard, so long, and so CONSISTENTLY as George Carlin. He not only entertained, but made me THINK, and challenged the way I thought. I can honestly say he made me a person who asks questions instead of just accepting what is told to me.<p>George always talked about how we use language . . . how certain words have certain connotations, and how even subtle differences in tone and inflection can manipulate meaning. He was a master of language, and ever word he said was surgically prepared for what he wanted to say. To a man like that, I can only say this: "I can never thank you enough."<p>Cheers, George.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Mr. Carlin introduced me to profanity

    by oisin5199

    I remember those old albums. My cousins used to play Carlin, Cheech and Chong and early Steve Martin. I didn't always agree with some of Carlin's recent views, but I respected his passion and style.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:58 a.m. CST

    My heart dropped

    by Cyber-Tooth2

    I had to pause The Venture Brothers when I read this... and even now as it plays, I find myself detached from reality and missing every joke. George Carlin was one of my heroes and role models and even though I have never met the man or even watched him perform live, hearing of his passing hit me pretty hard. It is truly sad to see such a pioneer of comedy leave us. Somewhere, right now, Jesus is covering his ears as George bullshits his way into Heaven. <br> Rest in peace, good sir. ShitPissFuckCuntCocksuckerMotherfuckerTits.

  • June 23, 2008, 2 a.m. CST

    Now he can't host the last SNL

    by Jonas Grumpy

    I had always hoped that, if Lorne knew ahead of time that SNL would be cancelled, George would be called on deck to host the last episode. Let's hope Buck Henry gets the gig now.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Gap Toothed TV Boy

    by KingArcane

    I will miss George Carlin forever, he will never be equalled. Who is left? Doug Stanhope. He's amazing,and in time, I think he'll pick up the torch for George's cynical take on life. Just my opinion.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:02 a.m. CST

    I will miss you George.

    by tj donkey show

    No one alive and I mean no one will ever be as funny as George.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Big Dumb Ape

    by Jonas Grumpy

    "Albums" is perfectly acceptable, as it merely means "collection." Like a photo album, or those comics albums from Europe. A CD is just an album in a different form, like cassettes and LPs before it. Hell, even a full-length MP3 purchase from iTunes or Amazon is an album. No worries, mate.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Bye George

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Mr. Conductor has left the station.<BR><BR> Cardinal Glick has left the cathedral.<BR><BR> Rufus has left the phone booth.<BR><BR> Now we'll never get the sequel to "Outrageous Fortune." Dammit!

  • June 23, 2008, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Goddamn...this pisses me off!

    by Jobacca

    I live in the south. Everyone around me listens to Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy and thinks they are the kings of comedy. Fuck the south. I grew up with a mother who let me listen to Richard Pryor albums after I saw him in Superman 3. I discovered George Carlin when he was in Bill and Ted. He reminded me to always think for myself and that it was OK to laugh at anything(even rape). Living in the bible belt,I've quoted that mans comedy more times than I can count,and it always made me smile when someone told me I was going to hell for siding with Carlin. R.I.P. you filthy foul-mouthed bastard. The world just got a little less funny...

  • June 23, 2008, 2:10 a.m. CST

    King Arcane

    by Gap Toothed TV Boy

    Doug Stanhope? Not familiar with his work other than that last crappy year on "The Man Show", but I'll look into his stuff. Thanks. I am also thinking Patton Oswalt could continue the tradition as well.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:12 a.m. CST

    FUCK!

    by Saracen1

    I've loved George ever since I heard his first record, but I'd never seen him live. I was planning to go to Vegas soon to do so. "Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?" I miss you already George. You cranky asshole.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:14 a.m. CST

    George, I will miss you.

    by redfist

    I will not say god bless you, since neither of us believe in him. I wont tell boring stories about how you influenced me, about how my mom spanked me for reciting the 7 words bit, or how your passing has broken my heart. I will just say thank you. George, Thank You.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST

    RE: Zerocorpse

    by RockMSockM

    "Mitch Hedberg" in the same sentence as Richard Pryor and George Carlin? You've got to be f**king kidding me. Other than having sadly passed away, he has nothing in common with those two legends.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:17 a.m. CST

    rufus!!!!!!!

    by juice willis

    i was just listening to some vintage carlin this afternoon. classic. don't take no shit george, wherever you are.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST

    definition of comedy legend

    by BrainFart

    give the man a holiday, an eternal flame, something. Hes given us so much.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Carlin had a brilliant mind...

    by JackNanceRevenge

    as well as being one riotously funny human being. I can see St. Johns from my house...can't believe that the man who's been making me laugh (and think) since I was 6 died there today. Too fucking sad.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Fuck, dammit all to hell, sonofabitch....

    by Organs

    Kripes.... The man was only 71. Granted, he was no health nut, but that's early in my book. And he was a funny son of a bitch right up to the end. <br> <br> I don't normally swear that much, but it seems appropriate here. <br> <br> I guess I'll add him to the list of great dead comedians populated by the likes of Richard Pryor, Bill Hicks, and Mitch Hedberg.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:31 a.m. CST

    that last clip was lame

    by Rupee88

    but no artist stays great forever. Carlin maybe should have retired at some point, but he was probably doing what he loved.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Re: RE: Zerocorpse

    by MonsterManiac

    While we're at it, really, neither Doug Stanhope or Patton Oswalt should be mentioned in the same sentence as Richard Pryor and George Carlin. Let alone inferring they could actually somehow "carry on" for those guys. NO ONE will. We'll just have to start fresh in that regard. New material, as it were. :)

  • June 23, 2008, 2:40 a.m. CST

    YOURE NOT SUPPOSED TO FUCKING DIE?!?!

    by DOGSOUP

    FUUUUCK!!!! JESUS TITTY FUCK NO!

  • June 23, 2008, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Loved him in Bill & Ted's and Kevin Smiths movies

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    The Hitchhikers handbook and Buddy Jesus is how I'll remember him.> RIP!

  • June 23, 2008, 2:43 a.m. CST

    SON OF A BITCH

    by The Dum Guy

    Remember back when AICN didn't post shitty news....<br><br>RIP<br><br>Seriously, WTF!?!?<br><br>Everyone is ending up dead now...

  • June 23, 2008, 2:44 a.m. CST

    The next Oscar's Obituary montage is gonna be so long

    by Orionsangels

  • June 23, 2008, 2:47 a.m. CST

    What can I say. That George would approve of?

    by Orionsangels

    Nothing, but what the fuck! You made me laugh. You made me think. Rest in peace you wonderful bastard.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:52 a.m. CST

    NO!!!!!

    by LlGHTST0RMER

    FUCK! <P> Hedberg. Jeni. Carlin. <p> My three all-time favorites. Fucking gone.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:52 a.m. CST

    DeSandman

    by Bass Bastardson

    Calm down buddy. I am sure that when Carrot Top and the Dice Man reach their 70's they will die too.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Why?

    by Bad LT

    Bill Hicks, Kinnison, Pryor, Belushi, Carlin. All dead. Jay Leno, alive and well. There is no God.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:57 a.m. CST

    props

    by heroic_duo

    One nervy, hilarious son of a bitch. His distinct voice will be missed.

  • June 23, 2008, 3 a.m. CST

    "Gentlemen...we're history."

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • June 23, 2008, 3:08 a.m. CST

    I guess they've given him all his stuff back now, huh?

    by LlGHTST0RMER

    "That's the first thing that happens when you get to heavem, they give you back everything that you ever lost. 'Here you are, 352 cigarette lighters, 4091 ballpoint pens... and here's a jock strap we found on interstate 90. It appears to have gnu hoofprints and chocolate sprinkles on it. Must have been quite an evening!'" <p> Dammit, George. You died on my fucking birthday, man.

  • June 23, 2008, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Rest in Peace Mr. Carlin

    by topaz4206

    This is so shocking to me, he always seemed so vibrant even in his later years.<br><br>The only thing more tragic than the passing of legends, is the lack of people worthy of following in their footsteps.<br><br>Rest in Peace, Mr. Carlin.

  • June 23, 2008, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Loved his style of comedy

    by tomdolan04

    Got into his work a year or so back (late I know) through another forum, but I devoured his albums and frequently made me laugh out loud when listening on the bus to work. <p> Sad on hearing about his death, I browsed wiki to see his other accomplishments. This was part of his entry...<p> "His most usual topic was (in his words) humanity's "bullshit", which might include murder, genocide, war, rape, corruption, religion and other aspects of human civilization. His delivery frequently treated these subjects in a misanthropic and nihilistic fashion, such as in his statement during the Life is Worth Losing show: "I look at it this way... For centuries now, man has done everything he can to destroy, defile, and interfere with nature: clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains, poisoning the atmosphere, over-fishing the oceans, polluting the rivers and lakes, destroying wetlands and aquifers... so when nature strikes back, and smacks him on the head and kicks him in the nuts, I enjoy that. I have absolutely no sympathy for human beings whatsoever. None. And no matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it's natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse." <p> What a guy. He will be missed, but like Stan Winston most of the entertainment industry will shrug in apathy. A shame.

  • June 23, 2008, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Quint....PLEASE

    by cookiepuss

    Give us at least a transcript of your full interview although a link to an audio version would make the world a better place - there are many obituaries today but yours was the best by far. Pretty please with shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, tits on top?

  • June 23, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST

    cookie

    by Quint

    I'm much too embarrassed to run the audio of it, but I will dig up the tape and transcribe it for you guys.

  • June 23, 2008, 3:26 a.m. CST

    hey quint

    by messi

    do you say 'yeah' alot to carlin too?

  • June 23, 2008, 3:31 a.m. CST

    G-e-o-r-g-e-o-r-g-e-o-r-g-e

    by Mavra Chang

    Let George do it, let George do it. Fuck that! Let someone else do it! Now there's no one left to do it. I just read a day or two ago that he was going to be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. This totally bites. R.I.P, man.

  • June 23, 2008, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Carlin wouldn't get this sentimental

    by Mullah Omar

    Sorry to see the guy go. I wouldn't be surprised if Carlin had some smart-assed, snide last words for the world. I hope he was lucid to the end and he was able to go out with a bit of a bang.

  • June 23, 2008, 3:35 a.m. CST

    by BrainFart

  • June 23, 2008, 3:36 a.m. CST

    George Carlin

    by RMA

    Here's to you and those like you...there are too few left.

  • June 23, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST

    I get it...

    by oneragga

    It's death right? Shit happens, life is short, life's a bitch, and then you go tits up, seize the day, life goes on...I've heard it all. But between this and Stan, I'm about to offer myself up to the gods just so that more of my fucking heroes get to make through the rest of the fucking year. You know what? I met some reality show cunt last night at some asswipe hipster bar in Cali. I watched this prick offer rail after rail of coke to pathetic blonde whores so desperate for attention, they'd so line up to sit on this psuedo-celeb asshole's face in public to feel better about themselves. And they all probably survived to fuck themselves up another day. And yet GEORGE dies?!?!? Holy shit in a handbang. Life.Is.UNFAIR.

  • June 23, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST

    I also would like to think he had some

    by BrainFart

    good last words. something like, "but i had tickets to a rain event" or "leave my plug alone". He will be missed like no other. Couldnt have more respect for the guy.

  • June 23, 2008, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Quint...

    by Babba-Booey

    thanks for sharing. we'll have his voice for years to come.

  • June 23, 2008, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Snap, Crackle, FUCK YOU!

    by Mastidon

    I always think of that when eating Rice Krispies. I saw him in Vegas about 4 years ago. I wish I cught him last weekend when I wasin Vegas as he was there one last time. Quint, PLEASE post that interview. I'm sure it is great.

  • June 23, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah he's SNL's first host ever in 1975

    by Orionsangels

  • June 23, 2008, 4:10 a.m. CST

    One of the funniest Stand up comedians EVAR!!

    by Stalkeye

    In one of his specials for HBO, he was talking about these focus groups (who mostly consist of hypocritical soccor moms and the like.)who approved of obscenity laws saying; "we have to protect our Children". George then replied: "Fuck the Children, Fuck 'em"!Man was that shit funny and yet he had brass balls for going there.God bless him for all those stand ups and of course speaking his mind.<p>Goodbye funnyman, you will be sadly missed.R.I.P.

  • June 23, 2008, 4:10 a.m. CST

    fuck.

    by GavinVanDraven

    first stan winston... now curious george. not fucking fair. kill paris hilton instead. please? oh my god, what next? stan lee? george romero? john williams? lucas? spielberg? harrison ford? eastwood? james earl jones? how the hell are the rolling stones still alive? i just expect a RIP at the top of AICN page on a daily basis now! fucking shit news.2 genius's within a matter of days.... holy fucking hell this hurts!

  • June 23, 2008, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Wonder if he had time for a quick Hail Mary.

    by LlGHTST0RMER

    "HailMaryFullOfGraceAmen." <p> There's a quicker one, though... "HAAAMEN." <p> That's the one you say when you're falling from a truck.

  • This is just the worst news. He was a true legend. It would never ever happen but the coolest thing would be for someone to actually say those 7 damn words on TV today unbleep and not get fined for it.

  • June 23, 2008, 4:34 a.m. CST

    ...can't say on television.

    by Jinxo

    Got cut off there.

  • June 23, 2008, 4:48 a.m. CST

    George Carlin, My Man Givin’ It To The Man

    by psychedelic

    What can I say? What can I say? George Carlin is one of the greatest influences on me. Not only artistically, but in the way I think and view the world. I repeat: think and view the world. The older I get, the more it seems like he’s right. I saw him live four times, got his autograph and shook his hand at a book signing, and own almost every work he released. George Carlin is HUGE to me, a giant, someone I’ve admired, relished, enjoyed, cherished, and laughed with hysterically almost my entire life— and I’m talking since my age was in single digits. It’s always been a goal of mine to swear as good as he did. Fuck, yeah.<p>Yet I don’t feel sad in his passing. I’m sorry to see him gone, and… I take it back. I’m sad I’ll never get to see him live again. Awe fuck, I’m sad. But I want to celebrate his work. I want to give everyone in the world copies of his HBO specials and comedy albums, throw his books on every doorstep. He may have projected bitterness in his later years, but he never left a bad aftertaste with audiences. It was audiences and live performance that was his greatest drug. He could never get enough. His performance skill reached sublime levels damn few ever reach. He could say mouthfuls almost anyone else would stumble and plunder through with a musicality uniquely his own.<p>For all his rebel rousing and anti-establishment thinking, he was married to the same woman for more than thirty years and had one daughter. He seemed to reach a balance few ever achieve. From my point of view, he is one of the great American thinkers. He’s right up there with Mark Twain. George Carlin deserves recognition as a fantastic writer as well as one of the greatest comedians who ever lived. It is joy that his live performances are captured for generations to come.<p>So I end this with THE words that are most divinely appropriate.<p>Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. Cheese tits.

  • June 23, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST

    So so so so so very FUCKING sad

    by Blitz

    IM really sad about this. I could go on and on about the guy and his comedy. But really, he has always been my favorite comedian and I will quote him for the rest of my life. He was so very much more than A comedian. People who watch and laugh with him know what I mean. Carlin, you will be missed.

  • June 23, 2008, 4:55 a.m. CST

    It's been a week of Carlin for me

    by BendersShinyAss

    And this is how it ends. gobsmacked!

  • June 23, 2008, 5:17 a.m. CST

    This is turning into the IN MEMERIAM site recently....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I'm not complaining. I just wish so many people weren't dead. Like my Grandpa...died last October. Didn't get much of a TB here on AICN but he was pretty cool. Came to America from Norway. His whole family were ship captains but he got seasick, didn't want to be away half the year, and frankly...I think he was a little afraid of drowning. So anyway, he traveled to Brooklyn at 14 and became a plumber. You would think there would be one or two career options between "ship captain" and "plumber in Brooklyn". But what do I know. Goddam it's early for this...

  • June 23, 2008, 5:24 a.m. CST

    R.I.P George

    by MontyPigeon

    One of the funniest comedians out there. Yet Dennis Leary still lives?

  • June 23, 2008, 5:26 a.m. CST

    He deserved an Oscar for his performance in Jersey Girl!

    by DerLanghaarige

    But he didn't even got nominated. And no, I'm not kidding. The few people who seriously watched the movie know what I'm talking about.<br> R.I.P. man.

  • June 23, 2008, 5:27 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. to the greatest comedian ever

    by TheMcflyFarm

    I was lucky to have seen him live, front row center a few years ago. Goodbye one of my all-time favorites performers.

  • June 23, 2008, 5:35 a.m. CST

    The Man Was Extremely Talented May He Rest In Peace

    by pr1c3y

    He was even talented enough to make Jersey Girl entertaining. I'm actually shocked at this I saw him getting interviewed on TV over here in Britain not too long ago.

  • June 23, 2008, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Jammin' in the Afterlife

    by Kevin Holsinger

    That wasn't meant to be cruel, incidentally. The first half hour of "Jammin' in New York" was my favorite performance of his. I hope he's having fun, wherever he is.

  • June 23, 2008, 5:45 a.m. CST

    First rule in the book.

    by Psycho_Kenshin

    The unwritten book of the roooaaad!

  • June 23, 2008, 5:45 a.m. CST

    ...

    by DoubleFantasy

    :(

  • June 23, 2008, 5:45 a.m. CST

    My hero. The best comic to ever take the stage.

    by depalma25

  • June 23, 2008, 5:50 a.m. CST

    death

    by GavinVanDraven

    you goddam motherfucking cocksucking asshole. stop killing the great ones. kill some shitty ones. every young rich blonde bimbo, brittney, and paris and winehouse, every boy band and jonas brother and emo band and uwe boll and miley cyrus, every carlos mencia and carrot top and every waste of skin out there... is ready to feel your blades! and you take george and stan within a week of each other? how dare you, you faggot fuck! i want to see preteens with 5 pubes cry for thier cookie cutter celebs! not a grown ass man like me breaking down into tears because i know there will never be another like those guys who died just this week. never! damn you michael bay!!!!!!

  • June 23, 2008, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Did you ever notice ...

    by Lain Of The Net

    ...how much George swore? He swore morning, noon and night. He had a filthy mouth. He would swear at children. He would swear at women. He would even swear at little animals. He swore and swore. He used to like swearing ...just to offend people. He was disgusting ....he swore sooo much. I hated that about him. He will not be missed. (We love you George ...we just don't know how to say it.) Party on ...save us a seat.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Shit. Piss. Fuck. Cunt. Cocksucker. Motherfucker. Tits.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    R.I.P. George

  • June 23, 2008, 6:08 a.m. CST

    george carlin was good stuff

    by seabiscuits

  • June 23, 2008, 6:08 a.m. CST

    damn

    by chokinonrhodes

    RIP George...this is shitty news.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Made you think...

    by ZaphodBeeblerox

    As much I'd have tears of laughter running down my cheeks and would find myself fighting to breathe through fits of deep laughter, Carlin always made you think with his comedy as well with what he was saying. Not too many comedians out there can do that...or do it as well as he did. Thanks for the many aching sides from laughter over the years George.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:10 a.m. CST

    A genius and icon.

    by RhesusmonkeyDave

    Truly a master of the language and an great thinker. Oh, and "Lain of The Net", fuck you you small minded twit.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:11 a.m. CST

    shit

    by kungfuhustler84

    I have been avoiding htis thing since it came up, it makes me so fucking sad. what a hilarious, honest motherfucker.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:12 a.m. CST

    QUINT: "Let me tell you something. One thing I've learned is if

    by Its a LION

    If nothing else, at least put up an audio of that line. Come on, now. I'd love to be able to share those words with a lot of tight-assed motherfuckers. Don't hoard your treasure!

  • June 23, 2008, 6:13 a.m. CST

    whare are you KEVIN SMITH?

    by GavinVanDraven

    hey thats right Bob, i am calling you out to give TRIBUTE! where are you oh silent one?

  • June 23, 2008, 6:14 a.m. CST

    YackBacker....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I like to quote the immortal Mel Gibson and call my 'hefty' neighbor Paul "sugar tits" from time to time.....but "Nabisco Tater Tits" it shall be from now on....

  • June 23, 2008, 6:14 a.m. CST

    aintitcruelnews

    by GavinVanDraven

    perhaps we need another website for all this cruel news

  • June 23, 2008, 6:15 a.m. CST

    They say when you get to a certain age you lose your edge...

    by beastie

    ... Carlin never lost it.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:18 a.m. CST

    This is the worst thing about being an atheist

    by TimBenzedrine

    Knowing that when someone's gone, they're not coming back. He's gone, but what an impression he left on the western world. Most people will remember him for the seven dirty words, but I always appreciated his rants against watering down the English language with politically correct euphamisms. We've lost a giant today. Goodnight Congolia Breckenrich, where ever you are.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:22 a.m. CST

    carlin

    by GavinVanDraven

    that man was a dirty old bastard with a genius IQ and was enlightened beyond what mortal men should be. that and he told great dick and fart jokes. if there is a god, and a heaven and a hell, surely you say george would go to hell. buy i say nay nay, cuz god would love that funny motherfucker, even when george walks ups to meet him and says "oops, i guess i called that one wrong," then proceeds to tell god how the ten commandments is an inflated list.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST

    I learned from George Carlin that all sports...

    by Chishu_Ryu

    ...are simply a derivative of ping pong. For instance, tennis is really just ping pong played while standing on the table..

  • June 23, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST

    fuck.

    by Sledge Hammer

    Carlin was right. That word does have multiple uses. Here I'm using it to express the gut wrenching sadness and shock this piece of news has had on me. Rest in righteous anger George Carlin.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Fuck this shit all to hell.

    by Virtual Satyr

    Seriously. What the fuck is going on this year? All the deaths this year have just been so mind boggling...I need a fuckin drink.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:36 a.m. CST

    I think I fucked up the Talkback

    by psychedelic

    Sorry. :(

  • June 23, 2008, 6:38 a.m. CST

    This man deserves a worldwide tribute!

    by alpeter3

    Shit! I am Pissed about this Fucking news. I mean this really eats Cunt. This old genius of a Cocksucker is going to be sorely missed. Personally, I think we should organize a world-wide reciting of the "seven words you can't say on tv" to be said in unison by everyone around the world for this Motherfucker. And just to make it better, we should all be doing it from inside churches, megachurches, temples, mosques, etc. Hey, why not? It'll piss off the uber-religiofreaks down here and probably will give God and George a good chuckle up in heaven. Oh... and PS........Tits!

  • June 23, 2008, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Well it's official...

    by AklundR

    I'm going to nominate 2008 for year that the Rapture began. So many greats gone in such a short time that I think the big guy is trying to give us a heads up. In all honesty we should have seen this coming. Russert taken when anyone who works at Fox News would have worked just as well. Winston gone yet the people who do the effects for Sci-Fi movie of the week are probably alive and kicking. Ledger goes but Winehouse gets to live? Now you take George Carlin when any number of no-talented hacks would have worked just as well....fuck off! RIP George...at least you won't have to be around when Paris Hilton becomes President of the United States.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:39 a.m. CST

    And yet, Dane Cook is still alive and on tour

    by darquelyte

    There is no justice. RIP George.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Goodbye, George, you dead fuck.

    by citizenmilton

    George, goodbye, you dead fuck. Goodbye you brilliant, shining, dead fuck. May Joe Pesci, The Sun, and the Endless Stream of Dead Uncle Daves welcome you to the infinite pool of liquid hate, and when it explodes, may you find a place where the Truth, at long last, is spoken aloud.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:44 a.m. CST

    the man was 1 of my 1st ideals being a young man

    by Killsomethin

    i have my birthday yesterday and to hop on 1st thing this moring to see my hero's pass away it fuckng blows my best freind and i can up with a new relgein called Carlin where Carlin was our preacher and the sole porpuse of this relgion was to Tell the Truth only. Something that can any preacher say that today and not get ripped into? Anyways im off for now just wanted to rant and say my peace.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Probably the worst insult

    by Volstaff

    you coulod throw at the guy would be to say something trite aboiut him "up there" since he was an atheist after all. All I know is the world is a lot less funnier, a lot more politically correct and full of bullshit without him here. Thank Joe Pesci we have his dvds,tapes and albums to remember him by.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:51 a.m. CST

    FUCK! R.I.P.! When Does It Stop?

    by LaserPants

    I'm really getting sick of all this death. Good luck in the after-cosmos, George, whatever it be...

  • June 23, 2008, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Don't feel sad, George Carlin didn't die...

    by Deagle2

    He merely "passed away" ....

  • June 23, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST

    He had a bad heart i understand that

    by BrainFart

    and i know there are lists for transplants and i hate when a celebrity gets bumped up on the list but What about a living legend. Hell id lump him into world leader status. Im sure there are people who died that wernt organ doners but would have said "fuck yeah give my heart to george carlin".

  • June 23, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Heart Failure...

    by micturatingbenjamin

    Hmmm...First the overly questioning host of Meet the Press, and then the other man in the world brave enough to say 'America is finished' on national television and mean it. And both of heart problems, the CIA's favorite cause of death.<p>Mr. Carlin would have wanted me to question the reality surrounding his death, and it seems kinda odd that the people asking serious questions about government both died of heart problems.<p> In all seriousness, George Carlin was a fucking hero, in fucking bold print. The fact that I have no problem saying fuck whenever I want, and that we get to see the word fuck on this webpage is because guys like George Carlin stood up and said 'BULLSHIT. I call bullshit on this.'<p>George Carlin is absolutely right, Life is worth Losing. I just wish he'd have stuck around a bit longer. But when my kids are old enough (around 10 or so) I'm going to play them 'A Place for My Stuff'. And all my tapes of Shining Time Station. Fuck, Mr. Conductor...I'll miss you.

  • June 23, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    You will be missed.

    by Supes4949

    You were such a big part of my life...My comedic idol, and measuring stick for what things in pop culture, and in life needed to be dissected...God Speed....You will be missed...and this is so bullshit that you are gone... RIP

  • June 23, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Carlin and Pryor had good, long runs....

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    I miss 'em, and they had a lot more to offer, but they were around long enough to see the changes that they'd wrought on the comedy and social commentary landscape. Now....Bruce, Kinison, Hedberg, and BILL HICKS - yet, as said above, shiteaters like Carrot Top, Larry the Cable Guy and Dane Cook still walk the earth.....Face it, everybody: If there is a god, then he has a much, much crueler sense of humor than any of us could aspire to.....

  • June 23, 2008, 7:17 a.m. CST

    He was legendary.

    by Dwide Shrewd

    I first saw him on a tape of the Carson show way back in the 60's. He did his hippie weatherman bit about storms on the forecast, as well as Russian ICBM's "so I wouldn't sweat the thundershowers!" Listen to this dude Rufus. He knows what he's talking about.

  • June 23, 2008, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Stan Winston?!?!

    by Fart_Master_Flex

    Was there any mention of him passing away on this site??? I assume there was, but I can't find it.

  • June 23, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Uh, guys, this isn't about you.

    by Andre the Frog

    The question is...who will tell us the truth now?

  • June 23, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Another shitty day

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Damn, what a way to walk out the door on your way to work. FOX5 flashes his picture up on the screen and all I can think is Fuck...Carlin has bought it. Not three minutes later Howard Stern starts the show with the bad news and some old tape. That was nice. I met him once about ten years ago at the theater I used to work for. A very nice, warm, GENUINE person. Sad to see him go. And if, perchance, he is standing Judgement right now, I'll bet God is having one helluv a good laugh. Hopefully George won't burn...

  • June 23, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Goodbye

    by Alex Childress

    I don't have any personal memories of George Carlin, like the AICN crew, or many others of you. I never got to see his stand-up live. If it hadn't been for my Mom's high-school teacher recognizing her smart-ass nature, she would never have known about him. That's as personal as it gets on one level. On another level, he has been one of the keenest minds and most brilliant comedians. How often has he elaborated hilariously about things to which we only give a passing thought? How many times has he made us think? Sadly, we live in a world where the comedy scene appears to be lacking his influence. All we have now are endless pop-culture references, and ridiculous non-sequitorial anecdotes from the likes of Dane Cook. Shortly before his death, Richard Pryor was asked in an interview who is the comedian today who makes him laugh, who's doing the kind of comedy he used to. Without hesitation, he said 'Dave Chappelle.' To me, the saddest thing about the news of George Carlin's death is that he has no successor. We are bereft of his observation, his consternation, his unpredictable wit, the small imperceptible facial expression, gestures, words, and screams from 50 years of performing before grateful audiences; we are bereft of his thought, his verve, his ability to speak with the vitriol that we all feel sometimes for the things we know are ridiculous, crazy, and just plain bullshit in this modern world. I have no personal stories of George Carlin. Just jokes I memorized because they're so good. I log hours of laughing to him like some of you log hours playing video games. I'm just an audience member, you know. And, still, this is going to be a hard day at work.

  • June 23, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    I love this guy

    by Abominable Snowcone

    This uptight world needed his comedy and perspective. At least Carlin, one of my many mentors, chose my birthday to die. Which means...probably nothin'. But what a loss.

  • June 23, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Catch ya later Rufus!

    by Rex Manning

  • June 23, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Shit...shit...shit...

    by Wungolioth

    Just a week ago, I noticed that Carlin was going to be doing a show locally in August. I said to my girlfriend, I must get out to see him live before he's gone. We'll miss ya, George. Damnit!

  • June 23, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Thanks for that story Quint.

    by JediRob

    I'm sure we would all love to hear that interview. What terrible news.

  • June 23, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Goodbye Friend

    by Dataset

    We'll miss you you motherfucker!

  • June 23, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    The king is dead, long live the king.

    by Zarles

    Everyone needs to go into a gift shop today and ask for your gift.

  • June 23, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    re: Coughlins Laws

    by Sebilrazen

    I don't know what to make of a rant from somebody who got their name from the movie "Cocktail" really, I don't.

  • June 23, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    The Only Good Comedian Left Is Dave Chappelle

    by LaserPants

    And he kinda lost his mind. Come back Mr. Chappelle! You are our last hope for funny! Please take Carlin's death as a sign that you need to come out of hiding and start making with the funny again.

  • June 23, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    George is gone...

    by Blanket-Man

    [Solemnly]: "Ah, yeah, Sam, poor Sam is gone... Lenny, yes, he's gone too, now George, poor George is gone... [Angrily] Cook? That mutherfucker's NEVER gonna die!" I memorized hours and hours of Carlin from around '74 through the late 80s HBO specials. IMO, no one funnier has ever picked up a mic and taken the stage. And I'm the biggest Steve Martin fan on the planet, but Martin was more of a performance artist than a true comedian. Carlin's routines were just pure genius in verbal form. Rest in peace, you cranky MF'er!

  • June 23, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    I grew up on him beginning in high school

    by Moonwatcher

    and I would memorize his routines, too, along with my older brother. He was a classic combination of substance and style; no one could deliver a string of words like he could. And yes, I would cringe thru some of his material, partly out of the fact that at least some of what he said was uncomfortably true. So, the rest of you want to believe there's nothing waiting for us after we're gone, that all we have to look forward to is lies and bigger bites out of this shit sandwich that we call life, and hope that there are people like George to tell us what's out there? Me, I'm hoping that God will forgive him, and realize he was doing the best he could with what he had. Thanks, George, for the hours I spent listening to you, and may you truly rest in peace.

  • June 23, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Rest in fucking peace Mr Carlin

    by ultragoregrind

    I have fond memories of sneaking into the basement of my parent's house to slip on one of the old George Carlin records my Dad use to keep hidden. I'm also pretty sure he was the first comedian i had ever heard on record and without him i don't think i could have fully appreciated Bill Hicks later in life. bleh this sucks. one of my favorite lines from his acts: "About this time, someone is telling you to get on the plane. "Get on the plane. Get on the plane." I say, "fuck you, I'm getting IN the plane! IN the plane! Let Evil Knievel get ON the plane! I'll be in here with you folks in uniform! There seems to be less WIND in here!" "

  • June 23, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST

    George...

    by Powerring

    Thanks for the years of laughs. You'd still be with us if not for the smoking and drugs. I hate to be crass, but that's the truth. RIP.

  • June 23, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    NO NO NO NO NO NO

    by secretcylon

    I'm gonna fuc**** cry. The greatest comedian is gone. All we're left with is horrible, horrible, crap.

  • June 23, 2008, 7:52 a.m. CST

    :sniff:

    by palewook

    wonder who gets all his stuff. bet they are going to need a bigger house....

  • June 23, 2008, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Class Clown should be required for all children

    by Stuntcock Mike

    It's how I learned to curse

  • June 23, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST

    What if he died and discovers god exists?

    by knowthyself

    Now THAT would be the ultimate punch line.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Here we go again, another gut punch. sigh

    by jae683

  • June 23, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST

    I will miss him dearly.

    by BilboRing

    He was a true genius and a true patriot. He told it like it was and was a pioneer for freedom of speech. He was also just a funny dude and probably the best stand-up comedian of all time. I'm very sad about this. I hope he is wrong on one thing...I hope he is in heaven right now cursing out the angels for being so fruity.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST

    The Day the Laughter Died

    by BeyondStatic

    ah. damn. this sucks. A sad day for comedy, writers, free speech, movies, happiness, everyone. George, you'll be missed. Thanks for the lessons and the laughter.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Poo. Pee. Universal Curse. Vagina, Fellation, Oedipal Feat and B

    by Mistahtibbs

    <p>hmmm.</p> <p>Just doesn't work.</p> <p>Who says the good die young?</p> <p>MT</p>

  • June 23, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Boobies..That last bit should have read "Boobies"

    by Mistahtibbs

    nt

  • June 23, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Moonwatcher...

    by Mistahtibbs

    Me too, mate. Me too.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Oh, and "Fellation?"

    by Mistahtibbs

    <p>Don't know what the hell THAT is...should read "Fellatio."</p> <p>Geez, this comedy thing is hard. How did Carlin make it look so effortless?</p> <p>MT</p>

  • June 23, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    My first mentor - 30 years later.

    by Tripster2001

    I heard GC back when I was 12. He introduced me to comedy. I heard his 7 dirty words at age 13. I bought his album "On The Road" at age 14 and still believe it to be the funniest thing I have ever heard. At age 14 I was recruited by one of them gay drama people to do humorous interpretations for a competition (yes competitive drama). I did GC's Kids from that album. My life never was the same. I wound up entering into theater, and took a shot at writing and performing standup. I was never very good at it. But I did it for several years and made a little cash and got to see some places I wouldn't have otherwise. I have since changed careers and became a computer nerd and haven't regretted it. My life has also changed to the extent that I probably oppose many of his views and his language. Still I never can't fit the mold so many think I should be as a person of faith. For that I still give thanks to Mr. Carlin. He changed my life permanently.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    This year is officially full of suck

    by floatybrownthing

    god damnit...who's next?! rest in peace george.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Sad

    by kafka07

    Just very very sad. This fucking sucks. We'll miss you George. Thanks for all the comedic and grammatical genius you have given us over the years.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST

    A true patriot

    by slowgraffiti

    Much like Hunter S. Thompson, George Carlin was one of the few people in modern times who was actually free enough to say whatever he wanted on a public level. And speak he did. My heart breaks just a little for our loss of a man who served as a guidepost for how far we've strayed.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:21 a.m. CST

    I'm no exegete in George Carlin

    by SpencerTrilby

    but the few I read and watched was a complete blast. Not to mention the Bill&Ted or Dogma bits that made me discover that motherfuckin guy. May he and his wife rest in peace.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Listhen, may I have an Orafix pleasthe??

    by FiendishMilt37

    What does a faggot, commie, junkie sound like anyhow? Muhammed Ali... Muhammed ALI... Muhammed Ali... Coolies cigarettes, hrm? You smoke 'em? -- Nope. Found 'em in a subway toilet!! Could be meat. Could be cake. Put on a hat and get to work, you shallow cunt! Step on that thing before it gets to the children!! Hand me that piano! Up yours too, Don. :( :( :(

  • June 23, 2008, 8:27 a.m. CST

    if Cosby goes this year

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    i'll follow. i would hate to live in a world without these two men.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    There will never be another . . .

    by TommyShag

    . . .as smart and as witty and as brilliant as George Carlin. A few years ago my wife and I were driving home and we put "Class Clown" on the CD player in the car. Well, that was almost a mistake. At one point we were laughing so hard (at something that we had heard a thousand times) that I almost got into an accident. I had to pull over at the next rest stop and get it out of my system before continuing the road trip. George Carlin was my first exposure to stand-up comedy. Nobody has ever come close to his level of genius.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Terrible way to start the day.

    by Darkman

    Carlin was truly one of the greats. <br><br> I wonder if he got his two-minute warning.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    R.I.P.

    by tobias funke

    I can not believe how many great artists have died this year. By the time the year ends, we will probably have lost twice as many people as last year. Carlin will truly be missed.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    George Carlin

    by Larry Jay

    The last (and best) stand up philosopher. Unbeliveably a goldfish CAN kill a gorilla. However it requires a substantial element of surprise. And if you don't know where this CARLIN quote came from check out "When will Jesus bring the Porkchops". In other words READ A FUCKING BOOK sometime. Preferably one that was written after the industrial age. DAMMIT. Wasn't he supposed to receive the American Comedy Award this year?

  • June 23, 2008, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Carlin at Carnegie...

    by unit1421

    ...was my first exposure to George as a kid. We didn't get a VCR until 1985, so I recorded the audio with a boom box next to the TV. Some thought he had become too bitter with his "Life is Worth Losing" HBO special, bordering on having drunk the same poison that Dennis Miller did post 2001, but Dennis was always a conservative asswipe and 2001 was just his excuse for finally coming out of the closet. George's rage at the failings of those of his generation to retain their spines was and is legitimate. We've lost a great voice of truth, but we still have OUR voices and it's time to speak.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST

    WhinyNegativeBitch

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    you are quite the whiny negative bitch, i have to admit.<p>well done.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Toledo Window Box...

    by Uncle_Al

    was the first comedy album that was bought for me by my parents when I was at the mature age of 10 in 1977. I don't think they previewed it. I was quoting the drug and sex- infused nursery rhymes to some very shocked high-schoolers at the bus stop for some time after that. Maybe that's why I was left alone at the bus stop.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Damn. George is partially responsible for...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...my worshipping of the Sun. And it's because of him that I guffaw at the slightest mention of:<P>MEATCAKE<P>Well, if there is an Improv comedy club in the sky, folks are probably enjoying the greatest marquee line-up ever - Bruce, Hicks, Pryor, and Carlin. Thanks for all the laughs and insight, George.<P>R.I.P.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Bummer

    by HoboCode

    R.I.P. you miserable bastard. You will be missed.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    We've lost the greatest comedian of all time

    by GrubStreeter

    That's not hyperbole. I know many people would put Pryor or someone else at the top, but they're wrong. No one will ever be as brilliantly subversive, intelligent, justly angry, and scathingly funny as Carlin. Our world is a lesser place today.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    In other news..

    by getme

    I took a greasy shit and was just as sad to see it go as I was to hear about George Carlin, what a dickweed.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    george isn't dead, he just "passed away"

    by irrelevntelefant

    fuck

  • June 23, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Stan Winson, now George Carlin???! :-(

    by quantize

    what a shitty fuckin fortnight this has been

  • June 23, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Speed Fricassee

    by quantize

    fuck you and that slug you slimed in on.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST

    George Carlin was the last great working stand-up

    by MCVamp

    Bill Cosby and Jerry Seinfeld are now the last two "great" comedians walking the earth, and Seinfeld's on the low end of the "great" list. Cosby started to give up when his kid died and purposely keeps quieter and Seinfeld's bajillions blunted his edge. Chris Rock and Eddie Murphy were hilarious but more in the shadow of Pryor than anything else. Plus those two wanted to be actors more than comics--and Murphy turned his back on stand-up 20 years ago. This is a fucked-up way to start the week. I will miss the hell out of George Carlin.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Genius

    by sokitome

    I think George Carlin was more than just a comedic genius he was just a genius. He really invoked true independent thought. He tried to teach you something while he was making you pee yourself cause he's so fucking funny. RIP George, you were a great man and your name will be legend.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Bummer, man

    by 2dope

    I got the honor of meeting George once about 10 years ago when I worked at a Casino he did a gig at in MN. What a great guy. He was hands-down the most honest, down-to-earth person I've ever had the privilege of meeting. He will be missed.

  • June 23, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    coincedence?!?!?!?!?!?!

    by zom-bot.com

    last of the 'three'? famous deaths in threes.<P> tim russert, stan winston and now george carlin.<P> oddly enough stan and george almost had identical silver ponytails.<P> i smell an assassination screw-up. they were supposed to hit carlin and only tim russert knew about the government plan to kill carlin-he was gonna talk- so he had to go too. but then they took out stan winston on accident- and it took them a week or so to track down carlin, who by this point had recieved russert's 'if you read this message, it means i'm dead and they're coming for you' letter and was in hiding.<P>but they got 'im

  • June 23, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    Fucking God!!!!!!

    by skimn

    Will 2008 be known as the year everyone died??? We're not quite halfway through the year, and another Giant has passed. Last week Mr. Winston, Mr. Russert the week before...Sydney Pollack just before that..<p>I'm aging myself, but I remember George Carlin from his early appearences on The Ed Sullivan Show, when he looked like the copywriter of an ad agency in the corner of the office, making jokes at everything. I played Class Clown till the needle practically wore through. Was one of the few comedians I saw live on stage (The Fisher Theater in Detroit). He changed through the years, but unlike comedians who couldn't weather the change of era, he remained relevant, and most importantly, remained true to his voice.<p>I would give my left nut to be present at his memorial, because every comedian, EVERY GODDAMN comedian owes a tip of the hat (and a toke) to George.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Humor is Dead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by j2talk

    no more funny!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 23, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    What can I say

    by photoginit

    I can remember being a kid and spending the night at my grandparents and they had cable in the bedroom(a big thing back then) and I turned on HBO and their was "Carlin at Carnegie" and which ended with the dirty word list. I was hooked. He was my favorite comedian. There will never be another one like him. He may be mostly known for the 7 dirty words but his knowledge of the English language was amazing. And "Back In Town" maybe one of the best stand up albums ever. Capital Punishment and State Prison Farms maybe 2 of the funniest and most fucked up bits anyone has ever come up with. I was lucky to see him a few years ago and comedy will never be the same without him.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Carlin might be dead, but at least we still

    by Itchy

    have Carlos Mencia ! Holy fuck.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Fuck death!

    by SpyGuy

    I grew up on Carlin's HBO specials and he was one of the best social commentators we've ever had. And yes, he was the greatest comedian of all time, hands down.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Thanks dudes

    by PotSmokinAlien

    Really great obits, guys. It's not easy to relate someone's death to your own life without making it about you; all of your respect and love for the man really shines through the personal anecdotes. Hats off. I'm ripping one for Carlin's memory in 5..4..

  • June 23, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST

    im ready for you to berate me now

    by ArcadianDS

    But honestly, I thought Carlin was at his most insightful when he simply shared a brilliant thought and/or observation. When he didn't have that, he'd go for the vulgarity. He was one of the pioneers of "if the joke isn't going over, just be vulgar to save it."<p> While I dont discount that as a clever gimmick, I stop short of calling it brilliant - because it isn't. His idol Danny Kaye would have been the first to tell him he was doing it wrong.<p> I still take a moment to mourn our loss here - because this guy, even if you bleep and blot out his vulgarities, still had some very important things to say, and said them in extremely witty ways. He transcended the role of court jester and became one of the best social/political commentators in this nation's history. Yes, I said that. Thomas Paine, Mark Twain, and George Carlin - cut from the same mold. The problem is that Paine and Twain didn't have to use vulgarities and profanities in order to get the reader's attention and hold onto it. I suspect that Carlin wouldn't have needed to either, but it was his profanities that made him a household name, and once that icon was entrenched, he had no choice but to embrace it.<p> But seriously - its not witty, clever, or brilliant to use profanity. Seven year old kids can do it every bit as good as you can - as Carlin could. If you want to emulate him, then look beyond his profane crutches and examine what he is actually saying. Its pretty heady stuff. Unfortunately, the vulgarisms serve only to fog his commentary, and the tiny-brains among us get lost in it and walk into the walls. They never really 'get' what Carlin was trying to say.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    more than a comedian

    by zom-bot.com

    he was a speaker and storyteller. a mirror of society's hypocracies and the human condition. anyone that heard him speak and had the education to have understood him is no doubt smarter and more insightful as a result. Any fucking douchebag that thinks he was a dirty asshole and nothing more is just a close-minded right wing puritan and nothing more.<P> he was a wizard, a wise man. the tribe of smart-ass intellectuals has lost our shaman.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by MiserableRainGod

    damn you were too young for this kind of crap

  • June 23, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Pryor, Carlin and Foxx....the trifecta is over

    by terry1978

    Carlin was the last one of those three who I felt REALLY captured the essence of pouring salt into the wounds of this country regarding race, politics, etc. The last of the greats, indeed.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST

    CarrotTop and Paulie Shore are still toiling away.

    by Cotton McKnight

    Don't be sad.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:16 a.m. CST

    George Carlin & Bill Hicks

    by knowthyself

    "Another dead hero".

  • June 23, 2008, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Greatest humorist since Mark Twain

    by Powerring

    Sadly, George was scheduled to receive the nations highest recognition for comedy, the Mark Twain award. George will remain in the pantheon of comedic giants. He is probably double billing with Richard Pryor about now. RIP.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Damn

    by ProoferFromHell

    I'm sitting here shocked. He was a funny, funny man, and the BEST Mr. Conductor by far. You will be missed, sir!

  • June 23, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    What the fuck...

    by vanchimera

    I wasn't ready for this shit this morning.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    The last REALLY great Comedian is gone!

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    When Sam Kinison came along I thought, great! When George Carlin dies it won't hurt so much. Because I could see the evolution developing in Sam slowly toward his own brand of the political social commentary that George Carlin dispensed with well. Then when Sam Died in a car wreck I knew it was going to be over soon, eventually. Denis Leary was a great candidate to fill the void but goddammit, he went Hollywood and I learned I couldn't depend on him to turn out a great piece of social asshole-ripping every two to three years. Now the moment has come and I'm profoundly saddened to think that unless some miracle happens, we're doomed to settle for comedians that can't give us anything better than the same old fucking shit. "Hey, y'ever walk into your bedroom and wonder who left the closet door open?" SAve George's DNA, put his head in a block of ice, ANYTHING to give us hope that we can bring back the awesomeness that's never going to be seen again. Thanks God he's got one last performance in the can. Gonna being crying through that one.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Apologies to Don Rickles...

    by MCVamp

    I forgot the guy was still alive and working. Okay, well, Don Rickles is still keeping the dream alive for a bit longer.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Here's to ya Uncle George

    by milurs big fat mouth

    I'm sure that in the days to come, we'll hear a lot from the MSM and other types about how great a man he was and how brave and all that mind-numbing bullshit that means so little even at the best of times. Well, when that happens, I'll be thinking only one thing. To all those asshole who will never understand that this whole time, the joke was on them, "Simon says, Go fuck yourself!" RIP

  • June 23, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    And he didn't live to see an America without Bush ruling it!

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    THAT reallllllly sucks!

  • June 23, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Russert, Winston, Carline

    by Luscious.868

    June has been fucking brutal this year.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Fuck, fuck, fuckity fuck fuck

    by chewyou812

    "Picture Porky Pig raping Elmer Fudd . . ." - George Carlin

  • June 23, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST

    This Sucks

    by Slippy

    The guy was the fucking best. Most of the twits doing standup today can't hold a candle to him. He will be missed. R.I.P.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Getme, Speed fricasee & Whiny Negative Bitch:

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    I guess it's what you'd call a "miracle". I was doing my morning constitutional (which involves a double shot of tequila and a fat Chile Relleno), when, lo and behold, within the folds of the lime wedge I'd just squeezed onto my quacamole, the face of God appeared. <P>She's a short African woman, solid but quite attractive, and then she SPOKE to me: <P>She said, "Lissen Up, FOOL. I put dudes like George, Richard and Bill on your sorry-ass mudball for One Main Purpose: To remind you all to keep a wary eye on the preening, holier-than-thou killjoy motherfuckers like Bitch, Getme and Fricasee. I've got too much shit to do to waste my time dealing with those kinda cocksuckers, when you got all the time in the world to kick their pathetic, needy asses to the curb. <P>So, Heed My Words, white boy, and spread it around. I got a hot date with Harry Dean Stanton, and he said something about throwing Scarlett Johansen into the deal. Gotta Go. Keep the Faith, Baby...." <P>Gosh, Bitch, getme & fricasee - your ignorant horseshit has resulted in nothing more than revealing to me an unsuspected reservoir of faith in Something Bigger. Namely, the wisdom of my continued plan to eradicate you humorless, trollsucking pricks from the face of the earth. YOU will not be missed.....

  • June 23, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Makes me sad

    by Cobbio

    I heard about Carlin's passing last night when I got home from work. Being a huge fan of his for many years, it hit me harder than I expected. I admired George for his audacity, his wit, his finely tuned bullshit detector, his crazy expressions, and his heart. Because underneath all his comical pomp and circumstance, he seemed like a guy who'd be cool to grab a beer with.<p> Plus, as an atheist, he was one of the few well-liked public figures who challenged doctrine. He wasn't mean about it, or demeaning, but he definitely skewered the general assumption that there's a god. I loved this about him. He also skewered "Save the Earth" people, one of the funniest comic bits I've ever heard from anybody. Plus he played Rufus in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" and Cardinal Glick in "Dogma."<p> Thanks for being so great and so deeply, rip-roaringly funny, George. And thanks for not giving a fuck what others thought about you.<p> Yeah.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    No Jersey Girl 2 :(

    by Elemeno Pee

    It wouldn't be the same without him. I'll miss the bastard.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    rat shit bat shit

    by kamar

    dirty old twat. 69 assholes tied in a knot. hurray, lizardshit, FUCK!!!!

  • June 23, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Grew up with his humor

    by Ferf Muckmeyer

    Carlin was a genius. He will be missed by millions. Just like Russert did for journalism, Carlin did for comedy. What a fucking huge loss. Oh, and by the way, nowadays we can hear TITS said on network TV, so only six words to go.

  • June 23, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    One more thing...

    by Moonwatcher

    I remember seeing him on tv, being interviewed and asked if he had anything he still wished for. His answer: "I want to live forever." Interesting response, coming from someone who claimed to have no faith.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Saw Carlin in Atlanta last year

    by Hawaiian Organ Donor

    And what was funny were the amount of conservative tools in the audience and one of his longer bits was about the myth of religion and you could see how uncomfortable those stuffed shirts were.<p>This one does indeed hurt.<p>Stan Winston, George Carlin and the Dutch soocer team. What a week.<p>Happy birthday, Abom.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    thank god or whatever we had him in the first place

    by notspock2

    r.i.p.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    "Remember the lady with burns on 90% of her body?"

    by maxwell's hammer

    "Well, she burned the other 10%. She tried to light a fart and caught her bush on fire."<BR> <BR> I just saw him a few months ago in Fort Worth, and I must say, it was just as good as watching his HBO specials back when I was in grade school. I'm sure he is now in heaven smiling down on us all.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Does the torch now pass to Louis Black?

    by ArcadianDS

    Just curious as to how many Carlin fans think that Louis Black makes the cut.<p>

  • June 23, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Carlin at Carnegie

    by KarmicRelief

    That expanded list at the end taught me a whole new level of dirty words. If not for him, I would have never known the phrase "Mongolian Cluster Fuck!!". My favorite comedian. RIP, man.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Cobbio

    by mr teaspoon

    Carlin wasn't mean about his evisceration of religion? I disagree, George plainly pointed out what bullshit it all his, which is one of the reasons I love him.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Used to listen to INDECENT EXPOSURE

    by Jawa 007

    on a portable 8 track! Carlin is a legend. Sad to see him go.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    If there's ever a time to say those seven words in sadness...

    by Eternal Watcher

    it's right now. George Carlin was the first adult comic I evr listened to in the library when I was 15, after years of Bill Cosby. Comedy has lost a major figure today, and we will all miss him

  • June 23, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Goddamn!!

    by moviemaniac-7

    May Pesci bless him! RIP. "You're All Diseased" is fucking hilarious, no matter how many times I've heard it.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    you mean to say....

    by bright boy

    if it weren't for carlin, the world never would have been privilege to quint's pathetic teeing-up of softballs desguised as serious questions for and shameless ball-washing of his heroes? gee, thanks george carlin. what a legacy

  • June 23, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Talk about a depressing month

    by Kampbell-Kid

    RIP George... I really hope your world insight and observational views of the human species lives on.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST

    His book BRAIN DROPPINGS is my all-time favorite

    by Tacom

    Just a hilarious book of his material that people should read. I'll miss him.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    And it's BING BONG...

    by I am the most horrible

    ...FIVE minutes past the big hour of AW FUCK NO...<p> RIP Carlin.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    I'm honoring Carlin today by cussing every other word

    by theredtoad

    Okay motherfuckers?

  • June 23, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Long live the 7 dirty words

    by g-ride9000

    and I'm drinking one for Carlin tonight.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Which was the bit where he said we should take . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    the four states which connected each other and make them into prisons and charge pay-per-view rates to watch them fight to the death? That was my first exposure to Carlin and I will never forget that for as long as I live. Simply brilliant.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Letterman and Leno

    by skimn

    better drop their entire monologues tonight and devote some serious time to remember George. Hell, drop the shilling guests and devote the whole hour. As former and acting stand-ups, it should be their duty.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    No current successor to Carlin

    by finky089

    There is no one today that is really a direct successor to Carlin's brand of humor. <p> Sure, the guy waned a bit in his twilight years, but so do most of the greats. For almost his entire career he was way out in front of the "edge" of popular comedy. His insights and use of language (both "dirty" and not) were incomparable among stand-ups contemporaries. Only in the later 90's did America start seeing increasing numbers of comedians who took their humor to "the edge", making it more "raw" and covering topics or using language that was previously considered "socially extreme". Now everybody does it. But when you go back and watch Carlin's older stuff (I'm most familiar with his 80's stuff and the early 90's gem, Jammin in New York) you see just how far he sails above all of today's comics. <p> George Carlin, you've given this world a great many laughs, often to tears. And now, we shed a collective tear back to you for all the laughs you gave us. <p> Rest In Peace, you funny fucker.

  • June 23, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    One of his funniest lines

    by terry1978

    "The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done."

  • June 23, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST

    No comparison

    by m.dung

    I finally got to see his act a couple of years ago. Rest in Peace, George. I hope you found a place for all your stuff.

  • June 23, 2008, 11:05 a.m. CST

    This fucking sucks

    by kingben

    This is the shits. One of the funniest men alive is dead and now who do we have to kepp us entertained. Dane fucking Cook. You will be sorely missed George. Keep on rocking

  • June 23, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I first found Carlin...

    by Jabroni

    I think the first George Carlin HBO special I ever saw was "Playing with Your Head". As a teenager the title alone was worth renting. In the early/mid 80's I somehow got very interested in stand up comedy. I knew comedians like most people knew bands or music. HBO exposed me to so much, but not more than the membership I had at the local video store, where I could rent 5 movies for four bucks. As it would turn out, George Carlin is the measuring stick for all comedians since. And while my interest in comedians today is not what it used to be, I will always reflect on a guy that I always wanted to meet, and someone I am happy to say I got to see perform twice during my adult life. Like many people posting, I always felt Carlin was a wordsmith, and the fact that he could shift from the political, to the mundane, to a fart joke, makes him the very best. "People say you can't joke about rape, picture Porky Pig raping Elmer Fudd." Me and a buddy would gather infront of the TV for new HBO specials, What am I doing in New Jersey, Jammin in New York are excellent. His humor stands the test of time. Jon Stewart once referred to a comedy holy trinity...Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and George Carlin. Who's left that can be considered really great? Chris Rock maybe? There are not a lot of people out there that do what Carlin did. Sure you can use dirty words all day, but it seems to me that nobody is crafting jokes anymore. The "art" is slowly being taken out. In a way it's par for the course with life today. Why spend time making something, when you can throw something together and people will gladly fill it into their gullets. Today I feel loss, as someone I really enjoyed hearing point out the ridicilous side of human nature, is gone. Today I'll be sure to listen to his routines and have my own tribute to who in my opinion was the best comedian of my era.

  • June 23, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST

    http://preview.tinyurl.com/3tql9k

    by Cameron1

    A perfect distillation of why Carlin is far funnier and more important than 99% of comics today or ever.

  • June 23, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST

    RIP to a comedy giant

    by Lou C.

    No doubt one of the most influential comics ... ever. I will miss him greatly. I know most people here like to shit on Kevin Smith's movies, but I thought he was the very best part of Jersey Girl. It was such a sweet, subtle performance, and I think it hinted at some of the sadness he carried with him. The greatness of Carlin is that he was many things, not just one.

  • June 23, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    new material....

    by samuraiyao

    Does anyone know any new material he did during the year 2008 after his last HBO special? I'd like to hear them...

  • June 23, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    incredibly sad

    by etantao

    Could actually cry right now and it more than the fact that the legend is gone and that I've always seen him as the greatest. its that from the very first time i saw him i completely connected with him because his way of looking at things and analyzing them are almost the same as mine and with that he helped me hone my critical thinking, learn about topics i hadn't heard about before, not be afraid to express my view even though they might go against the majority and of course he made me laugh. over and over and over even if I've listen to the same joke time after time. such a shame i could never see him live, it always seemed like there might be a chance in the future. he was around, and in tip top comedic shape, for so long that it seemed as if he'd always be here with new material and new specials.

  • June 23, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Not A Comedian

    by BilboRing

    As funny as he was, he was more of an activist and philosopher. I did not agree with 100% of what he said but he made me think. He was a very smart man, too. His vocabulary was amazing and his use of the english language was perfect. Hopefully he is not just remembered for the 7 dirty words.

  • June 23, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Pryor and now Carlin. Two Legends Gone.

    by ronniepooch

  • June 23, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    My favorite comedian of all time.

    by Blue_Demon

    I first discovered him in Jr. High (what they used to call middle school in the Dark Ages of the 1970s) on the Johnny Carson show. He did a great send-up of the news.<p>"Police fired over the heads of rioters this afternoon. No one in the crowd was hurt but 24 people were killed on the second floor of the building across the street."<p>A friend later bought the lp "On The Road" and we spent many hours after school flipping through comic books, listening to Carlin and laughing our asses off.<p>Rest in peace, George and thank you for the laughs.

  • June 23, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    My hero

    by melchior42

    He was. This is turning out to be one of the worst years ever.

  • June 23, 2008, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Fuck.

    by Makinov

  • June 23, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Kids loved his voice in THOMAS the TANK ENGINE

    by JDanielP

    And my young son isn't ready for THAT conversation.

  • June 23, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    The world is a lot less funny today

    by Heckles

    I know that Carlin wasn't a religious person, but wherever he's at, I know he's talking shit. Brilliant comedian. Will be sorely missed. Easily my favorite comedian. The best that ever was, the best that ever will be.

  • June 23, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST

    This just sucks

    by RainXTN

    No other way to describe it. I want another 50 years of Carlin stand-up.

  • June 23, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Carlin

    by aspman

    I saw George Carlin when I was 11 years old in 1972. I was the only kid in the whole audience and I laughed my ass off. Saw him again when I was 22 and he was just as funny. I will miss his wit, humor and intelligence! Rock on, George!!

  • June 23, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Carlin was gold

    by matineer

    Flipping the TV and finding him doing standup is like finding treasure. The world is a whole lot less funny.

  • June 23, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Who cares. He is burning in Hell.

    by 2sdaychicken

  • June 23, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    The funniest man ali....er Dead!!!!!!!

    by j2talk

  • June 23, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST

    And now for some partial scores....

    by Ninja Nerd

    George Carlin - infinity....and beyond. I did a stand up routine during the Senior Class play in 1971, dressed as Euell Gibbons (look it up, youngsters), but most definitely borrowing heavily from George Carlin. I knew I was (a) killing the audience and (b) in BIG trouble when the principal came racing down the aisle to get me off stage. I think it was the line about eating a teacher's pussy perhaps. I still hear about that routine at reunions. I credit much of my weird sense of humor and absurd take on the world directly to George Carlin. Last Saturday, my band was playing a show and some drunk in the back yelled out "Georgia!", to which I replied "What? Is that bitch here?" Damn, damn, damn...this sucks high on tit.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    OK... Can my idols stop dying now!?!?!

    by modern_lovers

    who's next? bob dylan?

  • June 23, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    No compromise, no apologizes

    by SpikeTBB

    The thing is, he lived his life the way he wanted to, doing the things he was good at and enjoyed doing. Sure, some of it probably shortened his years but he got quality in exchange for quantity. Most people exist, he lived. People talk about how out there and weird he could be, but to me he always seemed so grounded in truth. Cutting through the bullshit,mass accepted delusions and platitudes that constitute the daily lives in self deluded polite society. The world owes the man thanks for inspiring generations to question all and think for themselves. I remember him often saying some variation on "I'm not telling you what to think about this, just reporting the facts." He always made me think of the royal jesters, allowed to tell the King or any one else the hard truths in an irreverent way. Cutting through the lies to keep things in perspective. And funny as hell while doing it

  • June 23, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Sure Carlin makes you 'think'...

    by Johnno

    But if you're uncritically just going to accept most of the shit he says seriously that makes you a fucking moron! He sure can be funny though! But one of the greatest? I wouldn't say that, but there is no one else like him and that's saying something...

  • June 23, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST

    I never fucked a 10

    by secretcylon

    but one night I fucked five 2's!!!

  • June 23, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Oh bloody hell

    by Con Shonnery

    It was only last week that I found out about George Carlin as he isn't too well known over here in Britain. And now he's gone... Thank the big invisible man in the sky for youtube. Now I can catch up on this genius.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Thinking man's comic...

    by donkingkong

    Feels like the funny uncle just left us. Thanksgiving will never be the same now. So long Uncle George.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST

    hooray, lizardshit....FUCK!!!

    by Loosejerk

    too bad Kevin Smith stole his soul.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST

    As i said, he often said "I'm not telling you what to think abou

    by SpikeTBB

    "But if you're uncritically just going to accept most of the shit he says seriously that makes you a fucking moron!"- Johnno That's the difference between George Carlin and his fans. Part of what he inspired was to not accept uncritically anything at face value including what Carlin said. These are jokes he is telling, not serious recommendations. As annoying as A personality alpha male types are I am sure Carlin did not intend to brainwash his fans to start shooting them on sight, for example. You and I are actually making the same point, but I think I was misunderstood some how.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:33 p.m. CST

    arcadianDS

    by UnCoolNews

    If you think Carlin used vulgarity to "save" a failing joke, then you are the one who doesn't get him. <br> <br> He used language to challenge people and make them uncomfortable. Every Carlin shoe I've ever seen was opened with an intentionally shocking and vulgar line to set the tone for the night. He was there to make you laugh and to think but it was going to be on his terms. <br><br> He didn't use profanity because he thought he "had" to. That was his voice and the language he knew. He was proud of his "7 words" bit and being quoted in the supreme court obscenity case. One of his goals as he got older was to be 90 saying those words on the Vegas strip. <br><br> He didn't want to be Danny Kaye. He started his career as a "clean" comedian and hated it. He felt disingenuous trying to make people laugh and think without using words that would offend them. <br><br> I agree that a lot of his insights are lost in his profanities but that was just how he wanted and that is one of the things that made him the greatest ever.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Loosejerk..

    by SpikeTBB

    "hooray, lizardshit....FUCK!!" I LOVE that one. I wish our school cheerleader squad has used it every pep rally I was required to go to in high school.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:43 p.m. CST

    See ya, George.

    by DrBanner

    George Carlin would be the first one to tell you that you're a fucking idiot for mourning his death. So let's just tip our caps to the man and move on.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Stand-up comedy dies with him

    by Liberty Valance

    All of the old guard are gone. Along with Rodney he was the greatest of all time. Cynics like Carlin just don't come around anymore. Fuck waffles.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:46 p.m. CST

    NOOOOO!

    by Manatee

    This can't happen! I'm sick to my stomach. I know Carlin didn't look good the last time I saw him, but this is just too shocking.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST

    For the record Sam Kinison was way overrated

    by Bass Bastardson

    The guy had nothing in his bag of tricks but screaming and vulgarity. Not funny. Also, Carlin hasn't been funny since his wife died 15 years ago. He's just been bitter angry and depressing. I am sad to see him go, but honestly I'm kinda glad he's found some peace.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    And to all who think stand-up comedy is now dead

    by Bass Bastardson

    I say, go listen to Patton Oswalt's "Werewolves and Lollipops" and then get back to me.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Somebody Contact The Umbrella Corporation, Stat!

    by LaserPants

    Inject Carlin's corpse with the T-virus! BRING 'EM BACK ALIVE!!! ZOMBIE GEORGE CARLIN! (And I say this not to bust, but because I want him back, and I'm sure he's the kind of guy who would find the humor entertaining. He'd rather we joke, then weep.)

  • June 23, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    damn

    by disfigurehead

    One time.. bat shit rat shit dirty ol' twat. 69 assholes tied in a knot. Hooray..lizard shit...fuck!

  • June 23, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST

    News Flash: PEOPLE DIE!

    by DoctorWho?

    Carlin at Carnegie was my fave and I would watch it repeatedly as a kid. My friend got his autograph a few years ago. He signed..."To Mike...FUCK YOU!" My friend loved it. NOW WAKE THE FUCK UP PEOPLE. I see posts like..." WHY WHY WHY"..."FUCK YOU UNIVERSE"..."DEATH IS STUPID". George would punch you in the mouth. Just because you fear it doesnt mean its bad. Sleep-wake up. Live-die. Yin-Yang. Death is what makes it all so special. Take a look around you. You need something good to die for to make it beatiful to live (QOTSA)

  • June 23, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Huge Loss

    by I_am_not_Henry_Silva

    Just huge. That is all.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    rape could be funny

    by ianrewel

    rest in peace great one

  • June 23, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    The man who changed comedy

    by bradlm

    I first heard "Class Clown" when I was 9, how my mom allowed me to, I don't know. I was hooked. Not just eh 7 words, which I memorized and can shoot out to this day at rapid fire speed. I saw him several times over the years, first joke in the Carlin at Carnegie show cuts to me laughing, I always left his shows thinking a little differently. The world today is a little less for his passing, but what he left us will fester and infect in such a wonderful way. Please, on behalf of George, tell some asshole to go fuck themselves, I will.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Will miss his talent...

    by rutgersjaffo

    For one reason or another, George used to play in my home town of Erie, Pa almost every other year on his birthday. Can't remember why. What was great about it especially was that he would use us as guinea pigs for new material every time. Some of it we never heard him do anywhere else again, so you always felt kind of like you got to peek into the way he honed his craft for the masses. Damn, he was one insightful and funny mother f-er.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Rat shit bat shit dirty old twat

    by I am the most horrible

    69 assholes tied in a knot. Rah rah FUCK.<p>

  • June 23, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    one great AMERICAN

    by manuk666

    Thank you for the years of enlightment and laughter. You were my favorite.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    71 aint old?

    by knowthyself

    If that's not old I dont know what is. I never wanna live so long that I can't walk, move, or make it to thebathroom when I gotta go. Theirs a time to die. We aren't meant to live so god damn long. How many old people do I see who can't even carry a bag of fucking groceries. I'd rather die than live a shitty ass life like that.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST

    A sad day indeed...

    by GingerBallz

    Not only have we lost a talented comedian, but also one of the twentieth century's premiere philosophers... The world hasn't seen a loss like this since the death of Bill Hicks.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST

    I've got a serious question....

    by timryanokane

    Who gives a Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, CockSucker, MotherFucker, and Tits?

  • June 23, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    RIP George

    by myrtle_mae_simmons

    So funny, so clever. Being a Carlin fan made being a teenager a lot easier, as did being a Bill Hicks fan.<p> I'll still love his work but there was a time when it meant the wide world to me. Thanks George.

  • June 23, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    The Audio Version of Carlin on Campus...

    by Bones

    The Audio Version of Carlin on Campus has one of the funniest bits I have ever heard--a version of his "incomplete list of impolite words" that is an extension of his seven words you cannot say on television. I listen to it anytime I am down and it picks me right up, usually making me ache with laughter.<p> "Having the Painters in"--trust me...<p> Man what a shitty couple of weeks.<p> Jeff

  • June 23, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Also...

    by Bones

    Now he knows.<p> Whatver is after life, if anything--now he knows.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Sad news indeed

    by G100

    Funny fucking guy.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    simon says:

    by bluebottle

    go fuck yourself.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Fuck

    by ERIS

    So long Rufus.

  • June 23, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    UnknownUser

    by Bass Bastardson

    You are full of shit. Patton is the funniest motherfucker around right now. His George Lucas prequel bit is a fucking killer... wait, you're not George Lucas are you? Is that why you're so bitter?

  • June 23, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    anakin1268

    by UnCoolNews

    George Carlin didn't write that. Just like he didn't write 99% of the other shit on the Internet attributed to him.

  • June 23, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Be excellent to each other!

    by eric haislar

    RIP George you changed my life.

  • June 23, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST

    The Best Thing About Getting Older...

    by MR. MURDOCH

  • June 23, 2008, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Anakin1268

    by finky089

    that's way too fuckin sunny for Carlin.

  • June 23, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST

    "people do shit for ya..."

    by MR. MURDOCH

    I watched Carlin's recent special "IT'S BAD FOR YA" "It's all bullshit folks, and it's bad for ya..." I never heard a harder truth from him. I started noticing Carlin back at "Jammin in New York", and that performance became my gospel for the next decade... I really identified with his views on Golf, Prisons ("Everybody says, 'BUILD MORE PRISONS! BUILD MORE PRISONS! -- but not here...' 'When the prisoners escape, what do you think they're gonna do? HANG AROUND??" and yes, even Death ("If there's anything I can do..." "Come over and paint my garage!") I will miss this man greatly, he was like a second father to me. And yes, Fuck You George, I always thought you'd be here...

  • June 23, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    HBO2 To Run 11 Carlin Specials Wed & Thurs.

    by Hercules

    From HBO: <p> EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE: HBO will remember George Carlin this week with encore presentations of many of his HBO specials. The specials span his association with the network, from his first HBO special (“George Carlin at USC”) to his last (“It’s Bad for Ya”). <p> “George Carlin: It’s Bad for Ya,” which debuted on the network in March, will be seen on the main HBO channel this Friday, June 27 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). <p> In addition, HBO2 will present 11 of his specials over two nights. The HBO2 schedule is (all times ET/PT): <p>Wednesday, June 25 <br> 8:00 p.m. George Carlin at USC (1977) <br> 9:30 p.m. George Carlin Again! (1978) <br> 11:00 p.m. Carlin at Carnegie (1983) <br> midnight Carlin on Campus (1984) <br> 1:00 a.m. Playin’ with Your Head (1986) <p>Thursday, June 26 <br> 8:00 p.m. What Am I Doing in New Jersey? (1988) <br> 9:00 p.m. Doin’ It Again (1990) <br> 10:00 p.m. Jammin’ in New York (1992) <br> 11:00 p.m. Back in Town (1996) <br> 12:05 a.m. You Are All Diseased (1999) <br> 1:00 a.m. It’s Bad for Ya (2008)

  • June 23, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    The depressing thing is...

    by MR. MURDOCH

    As I was watching his most recent special with a friend, my friend pointed out that, yes, everything he's saying is brilliant, and true -- but that the next morning, people would wake up, and go back to doing the same old shit in their drudgery lives. Which is true. It's why I try to rail against the system just a little bit every day, and I think of him when doing it. He inspired me more than my real dad did.

  • June 23, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST

    "Immediate Seating Area"

    by MR. MURDOCH

    Everytime I fly, I can't not think of George and how he exposed all the bullshit language of airlines and aiports... "TERMINAL is NOT a good word to be used in association with flying" OK I'll shut up now...

  • June 23, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    ANAKIN1268--that is not Carlin...

    by Bones

    George Carlin NEVER sent an open email in his life. If it is not from a concert, special, book or from his website he never wrote it.<p> You can find out more at: www.georgecarlin.com

  • June 23, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST

    AND half of it is Larry Miller...

    by Bones

    ...from his first HBO half hour comedy special.

  • June 23, 2008, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Good job HBO !

    by Jobacca

    I was wondering if they would do something to honor him. True story-I only recently got HBO again just so I could see Georges latest special. I know what I'll be watching this week...

  • June 23, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    RIP, Rufus.

    by Jack_Of_Spades45

    Jesus. This sucks. The guy deserves credit for a lot of different things, but who I'll remember him the most as is Rufus. I've heard talk about a "Bill and Ted 3" on the net for a few years now, and although I don't think it would have had the original actors anyway, it's still a shame to now know Carlin will never reprise his role as Rufus--and Rufus stole the fucking show. Anyhow, aside from being hilarious in those Kevin Smith movies, I also loved his stand-up. He had to have been one of the most uncompromising comedians of all time. Nice story, Quint. I've always wondered if he was a nice guy or not, I guess now I finally know. RIP, George. Afterthought: Does anybody remember that show he had on FOX (I think it was FOX)? Entitled "The George Carlin Show" or something? I'll have to google it, I'm sure there is an IMDB page for it.

  • June 23, 2008, 3:55 p.m. CST

    My Hero...(one of few anyway)

    by Darth Macchio

    Holy shit but I did the EXACT same thing. Ripped off Carlin's jokes and made all my friends laugh their asses off (back when not everyone had cable!). Well that and my relative mastery over armpit farts (which Carlin also admitted an early mastery of this difficult and often pursued but rarely perfected art).<p>A genius of Carlin's statue comes along rarely and we're all the better for the experience. A show I saw mentioned how the 20th century would be very different without Joe Lewis...I think it would also have been very different without comedians like George Carlin. One of my personal heros and yet another to be greatly remembered and greatly missed.

  • June 23, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    The scariest quote from Carlin is

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • June 23, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    This Hurts

    by Frunkis311

    I registered just for this I hope he got the 2 minute warning gave a 2 minute speech and said if this isn't true may god strike me down Godspeed George you will be missed

  • June 23, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    As I was saying..

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    "Think about how dumb the average person is,then realize that half of them are dumber than that."

  • June 23, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Carlin may have been funny...

    by clark_kent

    ...but was no Dody Goodman.

  • June 23, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    The world just got a little quieter

    by CA_Marauder

    Brilliant quote from the man himself: I hope reincarnation is a fact so I can come back and fuck teenagers again.

  • June 23, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Saw that Dody Goodman also died yesterday

    by Mavra Chang

    Another loss to the world of comedy.

  • June 23, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    He's looking up at us all!

    by Bumpasses Dawg

    That was from his last special, "It's Bad For You." You know what's really bad for us? A world without Carlin. Quint, I had the chance to interview George on the phone myself once, and he was great. It was the worst interview I had ever done, because for the first time ever I was intimidated by a celebrity. Intimidated by his intellect. He was cool, and treated me like an equal, and because of him, and him alone it was a great listen. What a loss. In a time where we need our most brilliant minds, they are all leaving us. Leaving us in the hands of dumbass criminal bozos. RIP George. You have two months in the rolodex starting now.

  • June 23, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    HE WILL BE MISSED

    by eoneon

    I'M SAD TO SEE HIM GO,ESP. W/OUT WARNING. HE RELEASED SOMETHING LIKE 30+ ALBUMS IN HIS CAREER. A THINKING MAN'S COMEDIAN. RIP GEORGE

  • June 23, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    by Speed Fricassee

    I meant the incinerator. I am an atheist, too. And despite all that, Carlin still wasn't funny.

  • June 23, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    He said a lot of stuff that pissed people off

    by rogueleader66

    But that was part of his genius, there was alot of truth in what he talked about, he made serious subjects funny. He made lots of commentary on society, saying things that perhaps we all wanted to say but couldn't. One thing I remember was when he said what he would call a motel if he owned one, as he hated all the cheery names given to cheap little motels. "I'd call it the Sleep and fuck. I'd Have a big blinking neon sign, SLEEP, FUCK, SLEEP, FUCK, SLEEP AND FUCK, SLEEP AND FUCK." Classic. The man will be missed, rest in peace George, the world will be a bit tamer without you.

  • June 23, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Ah shit, Rufus

    by Hamish

    Yes, I first met GC through Bill and Teds, but even from that part I knew he was special. You gotta start somewhere, right? Rest in bombast Mr C.

  • June 23, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by Johnny Deep

  • June 23, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by BLEST

    Loved his stand up and loved him in Thomas the Tank Engine as the conductor.<p>REALLLY sucks that he's in hell now.

  • June 23, 2008, 5:14 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by MindWr4ith

    Maybe Joe Pesci thought it was his time.

  • June 23, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by BrightEyes

    He was brilliant in Jersey Girl, you guys should give it a chance and see how great he wwas in it.

  • June 23, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Adam CAROLLA

    by BrightEyes

    doesn't use much profanity , but there is no one man today now that Carlin is gone that goes off on society more then he does and use comedy and logic throughout all.

  • June 23, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST

    RIP Carlin

    by theonecalledshoe

    He was one funny fucker. I dug his Rufus character from B & T movies.

  • June 23, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Gentleman...we're history...

    by Mind Vault-1

    ...You'll always be Rufus to me Mr. Carlin, surf them circuits of time good sir. You will be missed. Great turns in Dogma and Jersey Girl. I'll have to play a LOT of catch up now in terms of movies and stand up, which is perhaps the best way to honour him- let his work do the talking! I can see it now, those pearly gates open, there stands God and his angles and George says: "Greetings, my excellent friends!" R.I.P.

  • June 23, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Rat shit. Bat Shit.

    by digitalcos

    Dirty Old Twat.<p>Sixty Nine Assholes Tied in a Knot.<p>Hooray...<p>Lizard Shit...<p>FUCK!

  • June 23, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Fuckity, Fuck, Fuck, Fuck...

    by digitalcos

    Well, that's another hero gone. I'm starting to run out.<p>Fuck.

  • June 23, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    A number of years ago

    by buffywrestling

    Bravo - which is as arts channel here in Canada - used to play a Carlin concert every Friday. I taped them all but I hadn't seen the last one before. And he started talking about knives. On airplanes. I can't remember if it was 'You are all Diseased' or 'Complaints & Greviences' but it blew my fucking mind. I haven't seen his last two stand-ups but I will seek them out eventually. I already have a lot of stuff...

  • June 23, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    HBO On Demand should...

    by DrBanner

    ...have it's own George Carlin section from now til the end of time. Then I can see Jammin' in New York any time I need a fix.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST

    George is doing his gig in Heaven...

    by zinc_chameleon

    Why? Because there's *no* bullshit in Heaven. From an unrepentant Catholic...

  • June 23, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST

    All powerful god, eh?

    by gotilk

    Not if this one was allowed to die. No way. This man single-handedly made ultimate bitterness into a nearly sweet thing, almost an act of kindness. It is through the acknowledgement of there being NO HOPE that we can start to look at ourselves and realize we're all taking each other down the shitter. I'm just sad he wasn't allowed to sit back and watch it all fall apart like he so wanted to. I cried today. I'll probably cry again. If there is a god up there somewhere, and George is on his way today, I have one thing to say to you... <br> <br> Watch your back.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    First George Carlin record I bought

    by Guy Gaduois

    had the bit about "wonderful WINO radio . . . in Western Walla Walla". <p> Also: "The sun did not come up this morning, huge cracks have appeared in the earth and giant rocks are falling from the sky. More news later on Action Central Newscast." <p> The "Leftovers" bit was played all the time on the '5 O'Clock Funnies' here in SoCal in the mid-eighties. <p> I think his bitterness became less endearing in this last few years - but I don't know if he's to blame or if the world just got too much more horrible to find joy in detesting it. Could utter hopelessness actually kill comedy? It may have claimed a comic voice . . .

  • June 23, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST

    I usually hate these "eulogy" threads.....

    by crackerfarmboy

    But if anyone deserves one, it's this legend. Now I won't get sentimental because he'd have hated that, so I'll just say: Shit. Piss. Fuck. Cunt. Cocksucker. Motherfucker. Tits.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Sucks

    by robotdevil

  • June 23, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    I know....

    by robotdevil

    George wouldn't want people gushing with overly dramatic sentimentality but it's hard to resist... the man had more influence on me than maybe anyone else who's ever lived. RIP George.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST

    ArcadianDS

    by Jonas Grumpy

    George himself declared Lewis Black to be a comedy favorite of his, so that's good enough for me.<BR><BR> I don't see Lewis having quite the same career trajectory as George, though. He might have the "angry old man" part down, but did he ever have an "observational mellow hippie" phase, like George?

  • June 23, 2008, 6:52 p.m. CST

    ANAKIN

    by Bass Bastardson

    Because half of it is from Larry Miller's HBO special. And the other half is a cheezy bit of internet wisdom that reads like that stupid "everybody's free to wear sunscreen" song. If you google it, you will find that it is printed in full without attribution on oh, I don't know 150 thousand web pages. Furthermore, it is way too cheery and optimistic to be Carlin. Since the death of his wife, Carling became a grumpy, bitter ol sourpuss. I don't blame him one bit but he would never write the line "Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down." Anyway, it's all full of nice sentiment, so thanks for sharing, and it has floated around the interwebs with the tag "George Carlin's views on aging, so your mistake is understandable and no one is trashing you for making it... but you did make one. Fight it and you just look stupid.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:52 p.m. CST

    KurtLockwood....fuck jerry lewis

    by bacci40

    lewis was not an observational comic...the grandfather's of observational comedy were fred allen and will rogers...the father of modern observational humor is lenny bruce...and while carlin continued to create up to his death, lewis is content to keep doing that shit telethon and a few appearances...fuck him

  • June 23, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Adam Carolla?

    by Heckles

    His radio program is alright, but Carolla is hardly cutting edge or even that original. His favorite "coffee flavored coffee" rant is plucked from an old Denis Leary bit. True, comedians all borrow from each other on accident, but Carolla's everyman gimmick is tiresome. To mention him in the same breath as Carlin is like comparing Hendrix and whoever sang the Macarena.

  • June 23, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Does anyone want a bowl...

    by Jonas Grumpy

    ...of fault-ridden chocolate pudding skin? I'm only going to throw it away!<BR><BR> Do people do that with you? Offer you some food that - if you don't eat it - they're only going to throw it away? Well, doesn't that make you feel dandy?<BR><BR> "Here's something to eat, Dave. Hurry up, it's SPOILING!"<BR><BR> "Something for you, Angela. Eat quickly, that green part is MOVING!"<BR><BR> "Here, Bob. Eat this before I give it to an animal."

  • June 23, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    2008

    by DirkAngerReloaded23

    The year of death. Period. I'd be crapping gold plated cinder blocks if I was a talented celebrity up until New Year's day is well past.

  • June 23, 2008, 7:01 p.m. CST

    And remember...

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Big bands are definitely NOT coming back!

  • June 23, 2008, 7:05 p.m. CST

    My heroes are leaving...

    by Jonas Grumpy

    George is the just the beginning. Next, we can expect Stan Lee, Hugh Hefner, Sergio Aragones, Rob Halford, and others getting on in years (or beginning to) to leave us. All too soon.<BR><BR> Doesn't mean we have to like it. But, we should expect it. Just to help ease the pain a smidge.

  • June 23, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST

    anakin...

    by UnCoolNews

    the other reason we know he didn't write it is because a famously HATED all the shit people attributed to him. At the last Carlin show I was at, he said (and I'm paraphrasing) "if someone forwards you one of these feel-good emails and it says that I wrote it, I didn't."

  • June 23, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST

    My tribute

    by kolchak

    http://tinyurl.com/3ke8kb

  • June 23, 2008, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Gee, he was just here a minute ago.

    by Orionsangels

  • June 23, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Carlin, Thompson, and Hicks....

    by superzero

    ....well, it's official... all of my Heroes are pretty much dead. Hunter Thompson blew his brains out across his library, Bill Hicks died of the DEADLIEST form of cancer known to man (the same one eating away at Patrick Swayze) and old George's heart just couldn't take it anymore. I'm a loudmouth, my heroes are loudmouths. We need to LEARN from these fine, upstanding men and CARRY ON their MESSAGE. If we can do this in even the SMALLEST way then they will NOT have died in vain. God bless all of 'em.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Farewell my excellent friend

    by Aphex Twin

    RIP Rufus. You will be missed.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:30 p.m. CST

    So sad...

    by BDT

    I heard the news and burst into tears. It's weird to hear the AICN thirty-something guys talk about this guy in the same way I (50-something) do. I remember listening to the albums over and over with my friends when I was in high school. Didn't matter how many times I listened, I always laughed. He was one of the smartest, wittiest, most truthful, most observant commentators on American life and human nature, not to mention one of the funniest guys ever. This loss hurts. Shit.

  • June 23, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Enough already with the dying.

    by Traveler 27

    I mean, enough already. Pollack, Stan, George... <br> <br> STOP IT!!!!

  • June 23, 2008, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Whew. At least we still have Dane Cook!

    by ZeroCorpse

    I'm kidding. Fuck Dane Cook.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. George Carlin

    by That 70s Venom

    he was a funny dude. pretty sad. :(

  • June 23, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Very interesting point BDT

    by br1947

    Hadn't really thought about it, but he definately crossed all generations. I'm in my 20s and was talking all day at work with co-workers up into their 60s and we all pretty much thought of him in the same light. I hadn't really thought about it until you said something. Really odd to think there are little kids out there that only know him as Mr Conductor, they are in for a shock in a couple of years, lol.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Pryor or Carlin - who's greater ?

    by Itchy

    That's a toughy. I've narrowed it down to both. I'm thinking Carlin, but that might be death-induced nostalgia. I give him the nod because (a) his career was significantly longer and (b) I've always loved his keen insight into the English language and political correctness.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:16 p.m. CST

    carlin was always honest about drugs

    by BrainFart

    pryor only admited drugs after he caught fire freebasing. Point carlin.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Drugs

    by BrainFart

    When Carlin quit drugs he had a slight drop of quality in his comedy, but after a few sober hbo specials and books he got his game back. SOBER!!. No names come to mind that have acomplished that feat. Once a celebrity goes sober or gets old, they lose what made them special. George overcame both.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:26 p.m. CST

    From one George to another...

    by Brians Life

    ...I met George Carlin after a show at the Beacon in NYC. I actually got to shake his hand. It blew my mind. I'd been listening to him since I was 10...thanks to a VERY liberal mother. <br><br>Who knew that I'd come to now cherish that as one of the most important moments in my life? I'm gonna miss your wit, George. I'm gonna miss your honesty, but more than anything...I'm gonna miss your balls. Take care, George. Take care.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Pryor vs Carlin... I gotta go with Carlin

    by br1947

    Pryor stuck mainly to racial humor, but Carlin pretty much did his best to offend everyone in every way possible. So he gets points for diversity. Granted, Pryor was cut down early by MS. Eh, fuck it, they were both great and greatly missed!

  • June 23, 2008, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Gotik

    by DoctorWho?

    If you have NO HOPE then why do you even give a fuck! Why cry and cry again if it all means shit?Contrdictary fuck. George certainly didn't have hope or faith in society or government or religion...but he thought on a larger scale and knew INDIVIDUALS got it! . Just watch the end of Carlin at Carnegie. He was not a nihilist...that would be most unfunny.

  • June 23, 2008, 9:51 p.m. CST

    He is now one with the Big Electron...

    by BurnHollywood

    "Whooo-OAAAAA!"

  • June 23, 2008, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Favorite Carlin rant ever...

    by BurnHollywood

    "Mickey Mouse's birthday being announced on the television news as if it were an actual event...I DON'T GIVE A SHIT. If I cared about Mickey Mouse's birthday I would have memorized it years ago...and I'd send him a card: 'Dear Mickey - Happy Birthday! Love, George.'<p> "I don't do that! Why? I don't give a shit! Fuck Mickey Mouse! Fuck him in the ass with a big rubber dick...then break it off and BEAT HIM with it!<p> "I hope Mickey dies. I do...I hope he goddamn dies. I hope he gets a hold of some tainted cheese, and dies lonely and forgotten in the bathroom of some bad building, in a poor neighborhood, with his hand in Goofy's pants.<p> "Mickey Mouse...no wonder no one takes our country seriously! We waste valuable news time informing our citizens of the age of an imaginary rodent!"

  • June 23, 2008, 10 p.m. CST

    My potty mouth is all thanks to George...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Always a humble student of this english language.<p>Goodbye, my Master.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Nobody Was Better Than Carlin! Nobody.

    by Dresh

    I was in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. My friends and our wives were trying to decide what we should see on our last night in Sin City. Among the expected suggestions for Cirque and Danny Ganz, I proposed George Carlin. That's what we ended up doing and we were all glad we did. It was to be one of George's final performances. The old man looked tired, yet his energy was palpable. Maybe he wasn't his former self – an intellectual force of nature of the mid 70s and 80s - but he was fantastic. His set was flowing, his delivery precise and the material; his best in years. We laughed (and sometimes groaned) for the full 80 minutes. It was classic Carlin. Ironically, much of George's set was about death. You'll be glad to know that he didn't take it any more seriously than he took life. It was all bullshit to him. The notion that our dead loved ones were watching and influencing us, seemed to be especially offensive to the old crank. Yet that is exactly what George Carlin will do to generations of fans, comedians, and free-thinkers around the world. His words and ideas will continue to touch and influence those of us who had the pleasure of connecting to his humor. George Carlin, the greatest standup comedian ever... RIP

  • June 23, 2008, 10:07 p.m. CST

    What Carlin taught me

    by MrD

    Was not to question the big things - government, church, school, parents... hell, that's all been in vogue for a long time, and most teens don't need anyone to tell them to question it. No, what Carlin taught me was to question the little things, the small routines of daily life, polite mannerisms, and other rules of ettiquette - the stuff so inconsequential that no one even thinks to ask. And if it was Orwell who taught me the importance of language, it was George who taught me the humor in it, the art not in the punchline, but in the telling of the joke. It is going to be a long time before we see someone of his caliber again.

  • June 23, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Carlin wrote his own obituary

    by leftofcentristdotcom

    Back in 1979 he told a radio show that he wanted his obit to read, "Gee, he was just here a minute ago!" Allow me to riff on Carlin's words,"PISS! WHAT KIND OF SHIT IS THIS??? HE WAS JUST HERE A FUCKIN' MINUTE AGO!!!"

  • June 23, 2008, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Another great.

    by Neosamurai85

    Carlin was probably my favorite living comedian. He's probably my favorite period. Maybe not. Either way, he's the one I respect the most. Maybe I haven't had enough Lenny. but... fuck it. Carlin is the shit. He was the great dirty old man. I'm really at a loss on this one. I'm so pissed off that I missed him when he came through my town. He was just one of the last of that wave of THINKING comedians. Sure, there are many intelligent ones out there now, but there was just something about Carlin. He was intelligent and dirty. He was great to the end, which put him in a league of his own. How many people can make you laugh hard at 70? He held his own to the end. Never got old on us in the sense that he somehow became someone else. At 60 he gave 25 year olds a run for their money. He was just... shit. What can be said? We didn't lose an icon of the past, we lost a living breathing force of nature. Hear that Carlin is dead is like seeing Godzilla decapitated. Your sitting on the couch ranting about some MAN-IN-SUIT action and all of a suddeden godzilla's head goes flying off. Carlin was older than Godzilla though, and the way he kept going I'd almost say harder to believe is dead. But he is, and I miss him. That's all I got. Peace.

  • June 24, 2008, 12:34 a.m. CST

    anyone comparing Adam Corolla with Carlin...

    by happyboy

    needs a serious kick in the nurts. son you have no clue who George Carlin is... I mean you're the type of dude who giggles when Carlin says "shit, boobs" and thinks that's the joke, when in fact that Carlin is poking holes at society's hypocritical prohibitions on words that are JUST WORDS with no further meaning than we choose to give them. You laugh every time Corolla talks about Mexicans washing his car or ching chong and think that's edgy. In short you're the type of head-up-your-ass butthead that Carlin railed against. Give you credit though... those someone even stupider than you who thinks Carlos Mencia is the next Carlin so pat yourself on the back. That makes you merely a retard not brain dead like the Carlos Mencia guy

  • June 24, 2008, 12:45 a.m. CST

    why prior is not greater than carlin

    by bacci40

    and i love prior, but a good portion of his best stuff was written by paul mooney...and paul needs to be placed up there with the greats

  • June 24, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    KurtLockwood...you are wrong sir

    by bacci40

    yes, lewis entertained me greatly as a kid, and i still believe that the nutty professor is a classic film...but the guy turned into buddy love (or maybe he was always buddy and just pretended to be the sweet one) there is a vid of him on youtube, and a kid from the audience says he can imitate him...so lewis brings him onstage and the kid goes into a spot on rendition of "walk on"....almost immediatly, lewis shoos him off with a comment, "you wont make fun of that" and then denigrates the kid to the audience...gets a big laff too...the kid was not making fun of the song...lewis has just become a pompous blowhard....and the reality is, he stole his physical humor act from silent film greats...im not saying that martin and lewis are not icons...they are....not saying that his early solo films arent good...they are....but he isnt on the same plane as carlin...and while i will say, baruch dayan emes...i wont cry

  • June 24, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST

    r.i.p.

    by alice 13

    sad day.

  • June 24, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST

    im glad he was alive when he found out

    by BrainFart

    he was getting an award. When he was told he was receiving the mark twain award he said "sounds great, have his people contact my people".

  • June 24, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST

    George isn't dead................

    by ChiefRoberts

    .................he had a TERMINAL EPISODE!!!!!!! R.I.P George, you made a difference, you made us laugh. Thank You.

  • June 24, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    RIP, you dirty ol' bastard.

    by Knuckleduster

    Thanks for the memories.

  • June 24, 2008, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Loved him as Rufus in the "Bill & Ted" movies

    by RicardoMontalban

    I hate it when celebrities die. hey movie fans, check out this great new blog. go to: thebitterproducer.blogspot.com

  • June 24, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Carlin on Campus

    by Powerring

    Was a truly insanely funny concert. That was prime Carlin. Even then, he was still taking his gloves off and finding a way to point out stupidity in culture. RIP to a monumental comedic talent.

  • June 24, 2008, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Listening to The Little David Years: 1971-1977

    by samuraiyao

    Great Fucking album mate.... I can feel his spirits lurking around making the experience even more authentic...

  • June 24, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Now that I've had a day to think about it

    by Larry Jay

    I don't want George to Rest In Peace. I want George to COME BACK as the angriest, most disillusioned undead motherfucker you can possibly imagine.

  • June 24, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    The best thing about living at the beach is...

    by cob the lemur

    you only have assholes living on three sides of you.

  • June 24, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by palooka_boy

    You know, I see a lot of obits pop up on AICN, and sometimes its someone I recognize, sometimes not. But usually, I think "that's sad," and move on with my day. This is one of those few that made my mouth hang open. God bless you, George, even if you didn't buy into him. You will be greatly missed. RIP Rufus

  • June 24, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST

    One of the greats

    by dragon of sorcerer

    He was one of a handful of comedians who could make you think as well as laugh. He will be greatly missed.

  • June 24, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST

    He will be missed

    by Chief Redcock

    Definitely "one of the Mount Rushmore" guys of comedy, as Seinfeld said.

  • June 24, 2008, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Oh, and Gus Van Rant...

    by Chief Redcock

    ...is this the thread where we finally discover which famous comedian you are? Now's as good a time as any.

  • June 24, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST

    A Different Take on Carlin's "Genius"

    by Captain Mal

    http://balconyfool.wordpress.com <P> Might piss some people off, but it's the truth.

  • June 24, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Captain Mal...That's a fair assesment.

    by DoctorWho?

    I love George but your right...this is comedy NOT critical thinking. Make no mistake...THE BEST COMEDY IS ALWAYS LACED WITH THE TRUTH...but George crafted sledge-hammer observations with wit and scathing sarcasm....it was great but far from suble nuanced thinking. Who wants critical thinking in comedy???Those quotes from internet posters were funny. Most people under 30 probably wont agree.

  • June 24, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Mr. Carlin touched me in ways a priest never could

    by Lang The Cat

    I remember my brother bringing home the album Class Clown. My mom was really cool about it, even though she taught at a Catholic school. She saw the humor and the brillance of the man. Not that she would allow us to repeat the routines, but she laughed with us. I never though his work in films ever touched his brillance as a comedian (though Dogma came closest). I always found myself nodding in agreement with much of what Mr. Carlin had to say. I have never been one to suffer fools gladly, despite realizing I spend a portion of my day being a fool (we all seem to, sadly). Richard Pryor and George Carlin opened people up to new ways of thinking after picking up where Lenny Bruce left off. They were at the forefront of the Comedians' Peoples Revolution and helped us lose our mental chains. Apologies to those who hate the Communist imagery, but the message both guys tried to get across seemed to be that we are all just folk (and not always bright folk). Listening to them I learned to rage at stupidity and forgive the stupid (as I saw I often was one of them).

  • June 24, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    George Carlin

    by Cujo_Fugate

    There's nobody left.

  • June 24, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Fred thought George was funny

    by Freds_Balls_in_a_Mason_Jar

    Fred think Pryor funniest of all though.<p> Free Freds balls

  • June 24, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST

    genius

    by taff

    Carlin was a genius. One of the few people who used profanity but otherwise had a huge vocabulary. Many people who use profanity use it because they have such a small vocabulary, like many of the responders in these talkbacks. But Carlin was incredibly intelligent. Loved Quint's eulogy.

  • June 24, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Great tribute AICN

    by Darth Thoth

    Wow... George Carlin is gone. This man brought me to tear laughing so so many times. I'll never forget the night at my cousins' house my uncle showed us some old Carlin material. I was literally on the floor. By the end of the night I couldn't speak. George, you will be missed sir. God bless your soul and thank you for your humor and truth speaking. My condolences to your family, friends, and fans around the world. You will be missed.

  • June 24, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Happy Boy

    by BrightEyes

    thanks for being an asshole it must feel great. I won't even dignify responding back to your words. Your awesome man, just brilliant.

  • June 24, 2008, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Any Just God

    by Slaphappy Slim

    Would bless this man.

  • June 24, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST

    For us kids...

    by MetalMickey

    ..born in the 70s, George was like an omnipresent uncle who taught us to question EVERYTHING.

  • June 24, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    And..

    by MetalMickey

    ..we grew up smarter because of it.

  • June 25, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Abe Vigoda is immortal...

    by samuraiyao

    He is the final frontier of the crews ship, leading into the next chapter in space..

  • June 25, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    so sad

    by stvnhthr

    Of all the recent celebrity deaths this one hurts the worse. I liked part of Carlin's performance, but was always saddened that he seemed to have an extreme hatred for God and Christianity. I hate to think of where he is at now. Some things are just not funny.

  • June 25, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    last interview

    by FredoBaggins

    I came across this today and thought you'd guys would appreciate it, as he got incredibly in-depth about this writing process and his background. It's almost as if he felt it coming. http://blogs.psychologytoday.com/blog/brainstorm/200806/george-carlins-last-interview

  • June 26, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    You wanna know when I wash my hands?

    by strosmer

    WHEN I POOP ON THEM! Rest in Peace, George. Say "hi" to Uncle Dave for us.

  • June 26, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Thank you!

    by FILMFUNK

    I'm now watching everything i can get my eyes and ears on this old dude!<P>I remember him from that Bennifer Kevin Smith flick I think but didn't know he was a stand up guy! I'm from Scotland you see and our equivelant would be Billy Connely.<P>This is some piss funny stuff though!<P> Sad for you guys!

  • June 27, 2008, 2:01 a.m. CST

    The Comedy Holy Trinity: Lenny Bruce. Richard Pryor. George Carl

    by LotusGeek

    I heard that recently on "Actor's Studio" of all places, and I swear I can't remember who said it - I think it may have been Robin Williams, of all people. And you know what? He got that EXACTLY right.

  • June 27, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    HBO2 marathon

    by Beardo07

    I was watching this the other night and just got more and more upset at the passing of this amazing comedian. I am extremely happy I got the chance to see him a few years back.

  • June 27, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Been watching HBO the past few nights

    by rogueleader66

    They have been playing all his comedy specials the past two nights, damn the man was hilarious, and got even funnier as he got older. Now I just need to watch his last special, "It's bad for ya", thank god for Tivo.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:49 p.m. CST

    SAM KINISON SAM KINISON SAM KINISON

    by EbertsFatThumb

    Watching George Carlin made me go back and watch some Sam Kinison. At least Sam died early before he became a self righteous preaching old fart on stage. Like I want to hear a comic complaining about the environment...

  • June 28, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    by UnCoolNews

    If you ever got the impression that Carlin was "complaining about the environment" then his comedy definitely wasn't for you...

  • June 28, 2008, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Great Throwback Television Tonight

    by chris danger

    Quick programming note: Tonights (06/28) Best Of SNL is the 1st ep. hosted by George, with musical guest Janis Ian and Billy Preston(what a throwback).

  • June 30, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    SNL first ep

    by Dazzler69

    I did not FF through the ep once. I can watch a new ep in about 30 mins with FF. But every skit was great! I think it's time for a retooling of SNL again. It worked with Carlin giving routines throughout the ep.

  • July 1, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    ABE VIGODA LAUGHS AT YOU ALL!!

    by thelordofhell

    Abe Vigoda will outlive everyone!! All hail the great Abe Vigoda!!