June 23rd, 2008

klaatu

George Carlin

What a loss. An incredible talent, a hardworking actor/comedian/writer/etc. There's so many things to remember him for--his work with Kevin Smith (playing a cardinal in Dogma, his narration on Shining Time Station (it's a riot when the kid watches some of them from the library, and you hear Carlin's voice and he isn't swearing), but the best was the stand-up, brutal, crude, and yet so humane and intelligent at the same time.

Surprisingly, Carlin was popular in our family. Mostly due to his appearances with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show which of course were always squeaky-clean, and usually nothing more his vamps on language. I assume my mom knew he could work blue, which makes my favorite George Carlin memory all the more puzzling.

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