Posted by: Cartoon Pig Dog | June 23, 2008

The end of a legend

Today the world mourns the loss of a comedic Icon. Yesterday one of the greatest comedians of all time passed away from heart failure. George Carlin was much more than just a genius of comedy. He was a master of the human condition. He alone held the ability to make us see the truth in the world and the truth within ourselves and make us laugh at our biggest mistakes.

With his passing comes, not only the end of a legend, but the end of an era, an era in which we have been made to look deep inside ourselves and see the fallacy that is us, to see that we are not perfect, yet very far from it, that we have made more and bigger mistakes than any species on Earth, that we, as a species, are pitiful excuses for a life form, and then he made us laugh at those realizations.

And George Carlin was more than just a history of American comedy. His name was a footnote in American legal history as well. His routines have sparked legal debates and even Supreme Court rulings in the areas of free speech and censorship. His famous “Seven Words” got him arrested for disturbing the peace in 1972 when he uttered them in a show in Milwaukee and the later radio broadcast led to a Supreme Court ruling upholding the government’s right to sanction radio networks for broadcasting offensive language.

But more than anything else, George was funny, from topics as serious as war and death, to minor things such as “why do we park in the driveway and drive on the parkway?”, everything he said made people laugh. Every time he took the stage we were made to laugh, at ourselves, at our government and at the entire condition that we have come to call life.

I would like to take this opportunity for all of us to remember George for who he was: a kind man with a sense of humor that couldn’t be stopped right up to the end. With a history of heart trouble, he continued to work, even making jokes about his own imminent death. His last performance was just last weekend and his humor was as bright as ever even though he knew then that his time was short.

I would like to see the comment board here fill up with our own memories of George. I would like for everyone who reads this to post their own favorite memories of him, your own favorite one lines and routines, or whatever it was that made him a part of your own history. We need to remember him and honor him now, for there will never be another like him.

George Carlin

1937 – 2008

May you forever rest in peace.

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  1. […] end of a legend Posted in June 23rd, 2008 by in Uncategorized The end of a legend His famous “Seven Words” got him arrested for disturbing the peace in 1972 when he uttered them […]

  2. Goodnight, sweet prince
    And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

  3. Just popping back in to tell everyone to have a fun and safe 4th. I will be off to a four day music festival and camping trip for the weekend with one of my favorite ladies so my fun 4th is assured.

    So let me leave now with one of my favorite lines from the man above (above on this page, not above in Heaven, lol)

    “The gulf war was being run by two people, Dick Cheney and Colin Powell. Now you know whenever Dick and Colon gets together it means someone is getting fucked in the ass.”

  4. Enjoy, Arn….have a good smoke on all of us……just got high as a kite and felt the vibe to look here

  5. I enjoyed your writing style and I’ve added you to my Reader. Keep these posts coming.

  6. George Carlin is probably the best comedian ever. He was brilliant in mixing social commentary with with brutal humor. He made me laugh every time, even when he was telling harsh truths. Whether it be about religion, government, or prejudice. Not enough words I can say about the man and legend. But if I could have met him I would’ve said thank you for all he’s done for me personally.


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