RIP George Carlin

Dear George,

I'm sorry to hear the news. You made me laugh and you taught me my first swear words. You taught the world how to look through a different lens, celebrating our differences and our idiosyncracies with wit and charm.

Your "Seven Things You Can't Say On Television" lives in infamy, and your commentary on everything from the drug culture to pop culture icons will be your legacy. Your scraggly beard, hippie style, and "don't trust authority" messaging shaped a generation of wanna be's. Your comedic timing and flair shaped a generation of comedians who are spending a lifetime trying to emulate you, some with more success than others. You once said, “If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten.” You did that, my friend.

I'll miss your hilarious HBO specials. Your naughtiness. Your lewd jokes and your laugh out loud books. Your skinny, expressive, passionate, bad self. I read you don't believe in heaven or hell, so wherever you are, peace be with you and the pork rinds you love so.

Julie "the disappointed idealist" Dennehy

P.S. Some of my favorite famous Carlinisms. Pure genius.
“Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.”

"When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day?”

“I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.”

“The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.”

1 comment:

Lora said...

Hi Jules,

Hmmm - can I call you that? Anyway, I am for the first time visiting your blog. Loving it. And the Carlinisms are great.

I'll be checking in again. Big fan! ; D