RevolutionSF remembers the evil priest from Dogma, Bill and Ted's time-traveling mentor, and the legendary stand-up comedian.
I remember his TV series on Fox (watchable for free). It wasn't nearly as funny as it should've been, because Carlin just wasn't cut out of the sitcom mold, but his F-Bomb episode, in which Carlin (who played a NY cabbie) let out a string of obscenities that made his famed "Seven Dirty Words" routine pale in comparison, man, that was comedy gold.
Obviously all of them were bleeped out, but they had fun with the bleeping and leveraged it for maximum laugh potential.
He was utterly wasted in the Bill & Ted movies, though. If you've never heard his early routine "Wonderful W.I.N.O. Radio" riffing on his early days as a DJ, you're missing out. Brilliant stuff. -- Jayme Blaschke
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Every standup comedian owes something to George Carlin. Even the 100-percent unsuccessful ones like me. He was the originator of the "Didja ever notice" comedy style. But he was good at it. That's why everyone copies him.
My favorite Carlin is "Ice Box Man," from his album "A Place For My Stuff," that I first heard on the Dr. Demento show, and had my tape player set so I could record it the very next time.
And him narrating "Thomas the Tank Engine" was hilarious. He used none of the seven words. -- Joe Crowe
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When I was a kid in the 70s, my brother and I would get out our dad's George Carlin LPs and play them over and over, until we had every word committed to memory. Took us years to find out what a lot of the stuff meant, of course, but we were major Carlin fans.
I haven't always enjoyed his recent standup stuff, but I always liked seeing him pop up in movies here and there. I have a special place in my heart for the small-role character actor. And I loved his work on Thomas the Tank Engine. The secret weirdness of seeing George Carlin in that role must have made the show bearable for many, many parents.
And here's an up-yours to the douchebags who write a bunch of bland sentimental pap and send it out in a chain e-mail, attributing it to George Carlin so people might actually read it. On his worst day, his stuff was miles better than the best you could come up with. -- David Farnell