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Barry Crimmins

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George Carlin Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin
George Carlin died yesterday at the age of 71. He was as fine a practitioner of standup comedy as ever walked on a stage. Period.

Mr. Carlin didn't just question authority, he pissed in its face. A master of critical thinking and a genius at making that thinking available to his vast audience, Carlin was a world-class subversive. Kind, generous and down to earth, George Carlin moved to LA without ever "going Hollywood." Above all, he was one hellaciously funny motherfucker.

I'll stop now because you can bet if anything annoyed George Carlin during the final days of his life, it was overblown, mawkish salutes to a dead man. -- Barry Crimmins

Here are a few Carlin nuggets I found on YouTube:

Flamethrowers


Owners


Gulf War I


Religion


Openly Black


UPDATE: Louis CK offers a beautiful tribute to Carlin.

Dennis Perrin presents his ever insightful thoughts on the loss of an angry prophet

updated: 11 years ago