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  1. Standard member scottishinnz
    Kichigai!
    23 Jun '08 12:58
    Sadly, the American comedian George Carlin passed away yesterday at the age of 71.

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/06/23/carlin.obit/index.html

    Although I only found out about Carlin about 9 months ago, I was a great admirer of his work (much of which can be found on youtube, although I hesitate to post a link due to his normally profane manner). I feel sad that there will be no more new Carlin.
  2. 23 Jun '08 16:11
    RIP George. He was a great comedian and I am very happy to have been able to see him perform in person before he passed on.

    He was great at using his craft to provide scathing commentary on everything that was wrong with our society.

    He helped shock society in ways that it needed to be - controversy over his "Seven Dirty Words" skit even caused an indecency case to go all the way to the supreme court.

    Few have had the ability to provide the social commentary he has with the ability he did.

    He will most definitely be missed.
  3. Standard member shavixmir
    Guppy poo
    23 Jun '08 17:32 / 1 edit
    He was bloody brilliant!

    "People who say they don't care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don't care what people think."

    - George -
  4. Donation kirksey957
    Outkast
    23 Jun '08 21:22
    How do think he would have faired in the forums?
  5. Standard member scottishinnz
    Kichigai!
    23 Jun '08 22:33
    Originally posted by kirksey957
    How do think he would have faired in the forums?
    He'd have kicked serious ass.
  6. 23 Jun '08 23:23
    All respects to Mt Carlin. I think he became quite a cranky sob and not nearly as humorous or witty as he once was. Pretty self absorbed in my book. With all due respect.
  7. 23 Jun '08 23:28
    Originally posted by badmoon
    All respects to Mt Carlin. I think he became quite a cranky sob and not nearly as humorous or witty as he once was. Pretty self absorbed in my book. With all due respect.
    Did you see him in person recently?
  8. 23 Jun '08 23:35
    Just occasionally on TV, mostly on talk shows. Maybe I missed a lot.
  9. 24 Jun '08 05:03
    Originally posted by badmoon
    Just occasionally on TV, mostly on talk shows. Maybe I missed a lot.
    I saw him on Bill Maher and some other panel discussion and he talked like a man who was in the early stages of dementia. I prefer to think that he was sick and not that he was just a bitter old man. Some of his stuff from the 70s was better than any comedian of his day.
  10. 24 Jun '08 07:00
    George Carlin was probably my favorite disillusioned Catholic.
  11. 24 Jun '08 12:22
    Originally posted by epiphinehas
    George Carlin was probably my favorite disillusioned Catholic.
    Indeed, and there are many to choose from. Makes me glad I'm a Protestant.
  12. 24 Jun '08 12:28
    Originally posted by PinkFloyd
    I saw him on Bill Maher and some other panel discussion and he talked like a man who was in the early stages of dementia. I prefer to think that he was sick and not that he was just a bitter old man. Some of his stuff from the 70s was better than any comedian of his day.
    I saw him in concert in person about a year ago and he was amazing. He went through a whole notebook of new material and he was lucid.

    He does rant, but that's what he does.
  13. 24 Jun '08 14:59
    Originally posted by badmoon
    Just occasionally on TV, mostly on talk shows. Maybe I missed a lot.
    Well, he definitely was cranky and he'd probably call himself a s.o.b.

    When I saw him in concert was 69 I think and one of the first things he said was that he was now an "old #$(#@".

    His specialty was standup really and not every standup comedian goes easily to TV - especially when you're as used to swearing a blue streak like Carlin was.

    I thought he did pretty well in the movie Dogma though. He was one of the few good things about that movie.
  14. 24 Jun '08 17:50
    Originally posted by PsychoPawn
    Well, he definitely was cranky and he'd probably call himself a s.o.b.

    When I saw him in concert was 69 I think and one of the first things he said was that he was now an "old #$(#@".

    His specialty was standup really and not every standup comedian goes easily to TV - especially when you're as used to swearing a blue streak like Carlin was.

    I t ...[text shortened]... d pretty well in the movie Dogma though. He was one of the few good things about that movie.
    Let's not forget his turn in bill and ted's excellent adventure. He also narrated the thomas the tank engine show for a while. What a shame.
  15. 25 Jun '08 00:07
    Originally posted by badmoon
    All respects to Mt Carlin. I think he became quite a cranky sob and not nearly as humorous or witty as he once was. Pretty self absorbed in my book. With all due respect.
    My sentiments also. I had his albums in the early 70's, especially AM/FM but in the last 8 or 10 years he just stuck me as being cynical and not funny.