George Carlin mourned by fellow comedians
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#1 Jun 24, 2008
Again I ask, what in the world did Whoopi Goldberg ever do in comedy to merit a Mark Twain award for humor seven years before George Carlin was to get one? She is not even a comedian, or in any way funny. And Lorne Michaels got a Twain award for humor. Because he put funny people on Saturday Night Live? If he was a humorist, Ed Sullivan was a great entertainer because he presented show biz acts all those years. If there was a recall, both Goldberg and Michaels should be forced to give back their awards and take a pie in the face for being pretenders.
#2 Jun 24, 2008
that's why he died. his way of saying 'screw you".
#3 Jun 25, 2008
From George Carlins book Braindroppings the Preface.
For a long time, my stand up material has drawn from three sources.
The first is the English language: words, phrases, sayings and the ways we speak.
The second source as with most comedians has been what I think of as the little world, those things we all experience everyday: driving, food, pets, relationships, and idle thoughts.
The third area is what I call the big world: war, politics, race, death, and social issues. Without having actually measured, I would say that this book reflects that balance.
The first two areas will speak for themselves, but concerning the big world, let me say a few things.
I am happy to tell you there is very little in the world that I believe in.
Listening to comedians who comment on political, social and cultural issues, I notice most of their material reflects an underlying belief that somehow things were better once and that with just a little effort we could set them right again. Theyre looking for solutions and rooting for particular results, and I thing that necessarily limits the tone and substance of what they say.
Theyre talented and funny people, but theyre nothing more than cheerleaders attached to a specific wished for outcome.
I dont feel so confined.
I frankly dont give a f how it all turns out in this country-or anywhere else, for that matter.
I think the human game was up a long time ago [when high priests and traders took over] and now were just playing out the string. And that is, of course, precisely what I find so amusing: the slow circling of the drain by a once promising species and the sappy, ever-more-desperate belief in this country that there is actually some sort of American Dream which has merely been misplaced.
The decay and disintegration of this culture is astonishingly amusing if you are emotionally detached from it.
I have always viewed it from a safe distance, knowing I dont belong: it doesnt include me, and it never has.
No matter how you care to define it, I do not identify with the local group.
Planet, species, race, nation, state, religion, party, union, club association, neighborhood improvement committee; I have no interest in any of it.
#4 Jun 25, 2008
I love and treasure individuals as I meet them, I loathe and despise groups they identify with and belong to.
So, if you read something in this book that sounds like advocacy of a particular political point of view, please reject the notion. My interest in issues is merely to point out how badly were doing, not to suggest a way we might do better. Dont confuse me with those who cling to hope. I enjoy describing how things are; I have no interest in fixing them.
I sincerely believe that if you think theres a solution, youre part of the problem. My motto: F Hope!
PS. lest you wonder, personally I am a joyful individual with a long happy marriage, and a close and loving family. My career has turned out better than I ever dreamed, and it continues to expand. I am a personal optimist but a skeptic about all else.
What may seem to some like anger, is really nothing more than sympathetic contempt.
I view my species with a combination of wonder and pity and I root for its destruction.
And please dont confuse my point of view with cynicism; the real cynics are the ones who tell you everythings gonna be all right.
P. PS. By the way, if by some chance, you folks do manage to straighten things out and make everything better, I still dont wish to be included.
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