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(BroBible)   Six years ago today, the world lost a legend. In remembrance, here are five great George Carlin bits that everybody should know   (brobible.com) divider line 87
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2014-06-22 08:51:12 PM  
Where's the stupid glurgey one?
 
2014-06-22 08:54:48 PM  
A little too heavy on preachy Carlin.

And tell Klaus that Rebecca sends her love.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8spYn7ju4tg
 
2014-06-22 09:09:33 PM  
Brilliant? Yes. A preachy bitter unfunny ol' bastid the last few years? Absolutely.
 
2014-06-22 09:29:27 PM  
I find that people who call Carlin "preachy" or "unfunny" just can't, for whatever reason, seem to summon the courage to say they flat out disagree with him. People who gravitate to his point of view find him funny and illuminating.
 
2014-06-22 09:55:48 PM  
He said he always writes down his ideas and organizes them. Good advice.
 
2014-06-22 10:19:38 PM  
Holy crap, has it really been 6 years?!
 
2014-06-22 10:31:40 PM  

Triumph: I find that people who call Carlin "preachy" or "unfunny" just can't, for whatever reason, seem to summon the courage to say they flat out disagree with him. People who gravitate to his point of view find him funny and illuminating.


I don't disagree with him. I just didn't think he was amusing (other that the 'whiny old fart' type of amusing) or entertaining near the end.
 
2014-06-22 10:57:13 PM  
I always liked the Rain Dance Practice idea.
 
2014-06-22 11:13:03 PM  

Triumph: I find that people who call Carlin "preachy" or "unfunny" just can't, for whatever reason, seem to summon the courage to say they flat out disagree with him. People who gravitate to his point of view find him funny and illuminating.


I agree with pretty much all of his preachy bits but I stopped enjoying him when he stopped gently mocking the things that he found stupid into an angry old man biatching about basically everything.

Some of my favorite bits not mentioned in TFA

Rape can be funny

Have a Nice Day

Soft Language

And pretty much everything on Class Clown which is, IIRC the very first comedy album I ever heard (thanks to an older stepbrother and a rather permissive mother)
 
2014-06-22 11:14:28 PM  
The best Carlin bit was when he was a guest with Ann Coulter on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  It was a transparent set-up by the producers to create fireworks and Carlin knew it.  He sat down next to Ann, said "This is the first time I've ever been to the right of Ann Coulter", and then he said nothing else for the rest of the interview.  It was hilarious because Ann and Leno had no idea what to do.  She kept saying provocative things and then would turn to look at Carlin and he would just smile.  I've never seen her so uncomfortable.
 
2014-06-22 11:14:33 PM  
And obviously that's all NSFW (really, if click on a Carlin routine and complain about the language it's your own damned fault)
 
2014-06-22 11:15:50 PM  

John Buck 41: Triumph: I find that people who call Carlin "preachy" or "unfunny" just can't, for whatever reason, seem to summon the courage to say they flat out disagree with him. People who gravitate to his point of view find him funny and illuminating.

I don't disagree with him. I just didn't think he was amusing (other that the 'whiny old fart' type of amusing) or entertaining near the end.


So what? The other 40 years his career were great. I didn't hear much from him during his last decade so I can't disagree that he went downhill at the end, but that doesn't make his early work retroactively suck.
 
2014-06-22 11:25:27 PM  
I sorta liked his bits with Jack Burns. "Captain Jack and Jolly George" was a great little skit.
 
2014-06-22 11:28:37 PM  
Wow 6 years.  Love Carlin.  He is missed.
 
2014-06-22 11:36:28 PM  

John Buck 41: Triumph: I find that people who call Carlin "preachy" or "unfunny" just can't, for whatever reason, seem to summon the courage to say they flat out disagree with him. People who gravitate to his point of view find him funny and illuminating.

I don't disagree with him. I just didn't think he was amusing (other that the 'whiny old fart' type of amusing) or entertaining near the end.


The thing that always struck me about Carlin is he was anti-establishment for real. Totally committed. At a level that doesn't sit well with most people, because he accused the public of essentially being willing dupes. He was liberal, but had no belief in the democratic party. When he said he didn't believe anything the government said, he meant it. He got caught by a camcorder in a bookstore admitting he thought the government was lying about 9/11 and JFK. Bill Hicks actually put JFK stuff in his act. Carlin was less direct, but the same highly distrustful sentiment was there.
 
2014-06-22 11:37:30 PM  

Snapper Carr: Rape can be funny


If any comedian, no matter how talented, tried a routine like this today, they'd never work again.
 
2014-06-22 11:47:37 PM  

John Buck 41: Brilliant? Yes. A preachy bitter unfunny ol' bastid the last few years? Absolutely.


eh. It was funny. It just wasn't as funny.

You just had to stop viewing it critically and just enjoy the angry rant then lampshade it with "remember, this is Mr. Conductor talking."
 
2014-06-22 11:48:12 PM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: So what? The other 40 years his career were great. I didn't hear much from him during his last decade so I can't disagree that he went downhill at the end, but that doesn't make his early work retroactively suck.


The problem is what most people post today on the internets is the stuff he recorded the last few years of his life.

/his last HBO special was just painful to watch
 
2014-06-23 12:03:22 AM  
Saw him in San Diego in '91 not too long after the Gulf War. He made some disparaging jokes about the US military. In a very military town. A few months after thousands of that town's military members came home from a war. It didn't go over the way, I think, he expected.
 
2014-06-23 12:14:21 AM  

John Buck 41: Brilliant? Yes. A preachy bitter unfunny ol' bastid the last few years? Absolutely.


Ooo, look who gets to check off all three.
 
2014-06-23 12:16:02 AM  
Took my Dad to see him at the LA Comedy Store, my Dad was from New York as well. I always knew Carlin was the epitome of funny, even as a child.
 
2014-06-23 12:21:22 AM  
 
2014-06-23 12:32:43 AM  
Is it weird that I liked Carlin's books more? "Brain Droppings" and "Napalm and Silly Putty" really opened my mind.
 
2014-06-23 01:22:39 AM  
his last HBO special was just painful to watch


I agree, and I am as big a Carlin fan as there is.  If I had a religion he would be its Savior (I don't and he's not, which I suspect is the way he would have preferred).  But he wasn't as good at the end as he was at his peak.

And I say "so the hell what?"  Marshall Faulk didn't run as well at 31 as he did at 21.  I always think it's unfair to compare one of the greats to himself.  Other comedians aren't expected to be as good as George Carlin 1970-1990.  Why should the George Carlin of 2005 have to live up to that?
 
2014-06-23 01:50:13 AM  
He cared.

About what, no one seems to  remember.
 
2014-06-23 02:08:16 AM  
A Place For My Stuff is the one that sticks in my head.

/Keep your shiat away from my stuff.
//and get off my lawn while you're at it
 
2014-06-23 02:16:20 AM  

Triumph: I find that people who call Carlin "preachy" or "unfunny" just can't, for whatever reason, seem to summon the courage to say they flat out disagree with him. People who gravitate to his point of view find him funny and illuminating.


Even when I disagreed with him I thought he was hilarious.

I actually don't dislike his comedy as he got older, I still find it funny. It just got a lot darker, at least his last comedy special was. It wasn't as good as say, "You Are All Diseased" but still funny.
 
2014-06-23 02:25:54 AM  
He said what he believed and could do it in a funny way. Sucks that he's dead.
 
2014-06-23 02:47:31 AM  
He was a modern man.  A man for the millenium.
 
2014-06-23 03:28:48 AM  
And yet, the author (who loved him some anti-religion obviously) didn't get near Carlin's best stuff ever:  His rant on hippies and global warming.  The most brilliant 5 minutes I've ever listened to.
 
2014-06-23 03:30:08 AM  
shiat, Funbags beat me to it.  Well done, good sir...well done.
 
2014-06-23 03:47:21 AM  

KaisertheCoyote: Even when I disagreed with him I thought he was hilarious.

I actually don't dislike his comedy as he got older, I still find it funny. It just got a lot darker, at least his last comedy special was. It wasn't as good as say, "You Are All Diseased" but still funny.


Yeah - I disagree with Patton Oswalt a fair bit (mostly his worshipful attitude toward Obama), but always find him funny.

I saw an interview where Carlin talked about how he transitioned from performing simple bits to performing humorous essays and doing more social commentary. I think his later stuff was funny but also more interesting, because it was like taking an antidote against mass media orthodoxy. That's why Bill O'Reilly hated him so much.
 
2014-06-23 04:10:31 AM  

John Buck 41: Brilliant? Yes. A preachy bitter unfunny ol' bastid the last few years? Absolutely.


Now that you know what to expect, go back and listen to some of his later material again. I promise you'll take away something different. He wasn't so much biatchy or unfunny as he was a somewhat changed man.

Carlin battled addictions his entire adult life. When he finally beat them, you could almost say his eyes opened up a bit more. And, like most entertainers whose careers span decades, his humor evolved as well.

There really is some incredibly good material in his final years. It's just not the Hippy Dippy weatherman kind of material. I still enjoy it immensely.
 
2014-06-23 06:47:01 AM  

SinisterDexter: A Place For My Stuff is the one that sticks in my head.

/Keep your shiat away from my stuff.
//and get off my lawn while you're at it


That was my first George Carlin album.  Somewhat uneven, and the fake commercial breaks were a bit unfunny, but 'Fussy Eater' was great.
 
2014-06-23 07:10:32 AM  
Damn Bro Bible's sidebar is worse than I thought.
 
2014-06-23 07:16:37 AM  
I watched Its Bad For Ya the other day and while it isn't wall to wall funny like some of his earlier specials "Dead Parents Helping" is awesome.
I find that its all funny, with some more than others. Like with a lot of things it all depends on the mood you are in and what you want to hear. You Are All Diseased being the pinnacle in my eyes. I used to listen to it before going to sleep and would joke that "There is No God" would comfort me enough to put me to sleep.
"State Prison Camps" and "Fear of Germs" are also big favorites.
 
2014-06-23 07:39:58 AM  
It's interesting to watch his appearances on the first couple years of SNL. The studio audience didn't get him. At all.
 
2014-06-23 07:40:06 AM  

Lenny and Carl: If I had a religion he would be its Savior


Shouldn't that be Joe Pesci?

/Joe bless you!
 
2014-06-23 08:15:36 AM  

John Buck 41: Brilliant? Yes. A preachy bitter unfunny ol' bastid the last few years? Absolutely.


Definitely unfunny toward the end. And by "toward the end" I meant "from right after his first flush of fame".
 
2014-06-23 08:26:50 AM  
I'm not clicking on anything called "the bro bible"

What are the bits?
 
2014-06-23 08:28:09 AM  

John Buck 41: Brilliant? Yes. A preachy bitter unfunny ol' bastid the last few years? Absolutely.


I saw him live during his last tour.  Man do I wish I'd caught him at some other point in his career.  I loved the guy, but after watching that show I wanted to go hang myself.
 
2014-06-23 08:34:27 AM  
Now I remember where my viewpoints on politics and religion came from.
 
2014-06-23 08:35:43 AM  

yakmans_dad: John Buck 41: Brilliant? Yes. A preachy bitter unfunny ol' bastid the last few years? Absolutely.

Definitely unfunny toward the end. And by "toward the end" I meant "from right after his first flush of fame".


Let me guess, you liked him before it was cool, and we've never heard of your favorite comic.
 
2014-06-23 08:44:05 AM  
My favorite bit from Brain Droppings:

I don't like trendy food. When I hear, "sauteed boneless panda groin," I know I'm in the wrong place. There's such a thing as pretentious food. Puree of woodchuck, marinated bat nipples, weasel chops, porcupine cacciatore. Or fried eagle. A guy said to me recently, "C'mon, we'll go to Baxter's, they have really great fried eagle." I'm thinkin' to myself, "Do I really wanna know this guy?"
However, if you are going to dine with pretentious people, here are some items you can order that are sure to impress: deep-dish moose balls, diced yak, badger gumbo, gorilla fondue, filet of hyena, jackal tartare, rack of prairie dog, free-range mole en brochette, wolf noodle soup, loin of chipmunk, curried woodpecker, stir-fried weasel, penguin scallopini, sweet-and-sour loon heads, whale chowder, toasted snail penises, koala flambe, wombat souvlaki, grenadine of mule, and candied goat anus.
 
2014-06-23 08:44:27 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: yakmans_dad: John Buck 41: Brilliant? Yes. A preachy bitter unfunny ol' bastid the last few years? Absolutely.

Definitely unfunny toward the end. And by "toward the end" I meant "from right after his first flush of fame".

Let me guess, you liked him before it was cool, and we've never heard of your favorite comic.


I liked him in the 60s. Exactly when it was cool. And everyone has heard of my favorite comics.

Carlin went from being a clown to a satirist. Or worse, a cracker-barrel philosopher. (The obscenities hid that.)
 
2014-06-23 08:47:03 AM  
I saw Carlin live a couple years before he died.  He put on a great show.
 
2014-06-23 08:51:01 AM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: I can't disagree that he went downhill at the end, but that doesn't make his early work retroactively suck.


If that's the impression you got from my posts I'm sorry. That's certainly not my angle.
 
2014-06-23 08:54:35 AM  

Triumph: He was liberal,


a lot of his views were.
unfortunately that idiotic anti-GW screed he put out there is a permameme of the deniersphere
 
2014-06-23 09:18:11 AM  
The worst thing about George Carlin is his fans. And I'm not talking about people who like his stand up but the people who think they are intellectually superior because they like his stand up.
 
2014-06-23 09:18:49 AM  
Much like David Letterman, he was funny in his prime, but mostly just cranky otherwise. Definitely gave some very memorable bits.
 
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