My heart is sad today. One of my favorite comics George Carlin is gone.
I can’t tell you the number of times my husband Justin and I have spent driving late at night listening to George’s cd’s and laughing our asses off. In a lot of ways we “got” his comedy we also “got” each other. We also had the honor of seeing him live on stage three times. When we saw him last in February 2006 he had announced that he had a heart attack six weeks ago over Christmas and that is was his first show back. When he said that I had a feeling that it could be one of the last times we might ever see him.
Unfortunately there have been a ton of fake forwarded e-mails and web postings that people attributed to George that are total bullshit. In the coming days there might be a lot of those going around. Most of the stuff is way too intellectually inferior to have ever been some of George’s unique and genius writings and musings. His humor was hugely influential on so many of today’s comics. His work was constantly pushing the boundaries and challenging our freedom of speech.
If you ever had the privilege of seeing George for yourself you could always tell that deep down he was just a cool and sweet guy. Even though there are so many things attributed to him that are not his own, one thing that I did hear him say on a 60 minutes feature has always stuck with me and I believe in many ways defines him as an comic, artist, and person and that I, myself, related to in many ways. “Inside every cynical person there is a disappointed idealist.” George Carlin 1937-2008
Thank You George you will be missed…