If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.
– George Carlin
Not just a comedian, but a verbal craftsman with an unparalleled construction and delivery. George Carlin will forever be remembered for his commentary on life in so many aspects. A man, who for decades, has shaped the face of the art of comedic entertainment. A man who has inspired a new generation of performers with the anti culture take on almost anything.
This wasn’t just a man who would take something he found funny and write a joke about it. Jerry Seinfeld and other interviews with Carlin have revealed the process he takes in working on his material. From the Eulogy written by a notable comedian himself.
He worked over an idea like a diamond cutter with facets and angles and refractions of light. He made you sorry you ever thought you wanted to be a comedian. He was like a train hobo with a chicken bone. When he was done there was nothing left for anybody.”
For me it started like most, with the 7 words you can’t say on television, ending with Modern Man, an cultural deconstruction that I don’t believe could ever be replicated in the complete and total perfect of delivery that it was. His death in 2008 affected me. There was a certain truth and power to the words he spoke and how he spoke them. When you look back at his career it was a lifetime peeling away the layers of bullshit that has yet to be replicated by many who don’t even compare.
So while this is late, George Carlin we thank you. For not only allowing us your perspective to the world, but for teaching us we might not readily see on our own. Stand up in front of people, tell them that their humanity is hypocritical and they are full of bullshit and have them applaud you for it.