George Carlin (1937-2008)

Posted: June 23, 2008 in Above the Fold, Snap, Crackle and POP Culture
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An obituary on the Wall must either affect religion as a whole, a particular faith or an individual whose name has been synonymous with dogma. This noted person would most certainly be the latter.

The latest person we pay respect to is arguably one of the most influential comics in history, George Carlin.

“But HiScrivener, he despised organized religion.” I know, I have read that book too (NOTE the picture). But his cerebral witticisms about church and the Church was always memorable and piercing. Ignore the vulgarity (if you can). The man was brilliant. It’s always the real stuff, that’s the funny stuff.

If you have worked on staff at a church, been a member of a church, are a P.K. or even been saved for a good portion of your life, you know I speaks the truth.

And let’s not forget, this was a man responsible for making the Supreme Court and the FCC reconsider the English language with his infamous skit, “The Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.”

Back to his skewed, and often irreverent, from the attached obit:

Although some criticized parts of his later work as too contentious, Mr. Carlin defended the material, insisting that his comedy had always been driven by an intolerance for the shortcomings of humanity and society. “Scratch any cynic,” he said, “and you’ll find a disappointed idealist.

Hopefully, this idealist didn’t die disappointed. His legacy in stand-up comedy gave him every reason not to be.

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