Monday, June 23, 2008

RIP George Carlin

George Carlin has died at 71. Obscene, trenchant, hilarious, brilliant -- all these words and more fit him, truly one of the great comics of our day:

"Religion convinced the world that there's an invisible man in the sky who watches everything you do. And there's 10 things he doesn't want you to do or else you'll to to a burning place with a lake of fire until the end of eternity. But he loves you! ...And he needs money! He's all powerful, but he can't handle money! [...] I've begun worshipping the sun for a number of reasons. First of all, unlike some other gods I could mention, I can see the sun. It's there for me every day. And the things it brings me are quite apparent all the time: heat, light, food, a lovely day. There's no mystery, no one asks for money, I don't have to dress up, and there's no boring pageantry. And interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to God are all answered at about the same 50-percent rate. [...] Religion is sort of like a lift in your shoes. If it makes you feel better, fine. Just don't ask me to wear your shoes. And let's not nail the lift to the natives' feet."
If his stand-up routine didn't puncture at least one of your pet ideas, you probably weren't listening. His voice will be missed.

(H/T dday on the quote)


Cera said...

RIP, dear Carlin, you will be missed. Often imitated, never duplicated, we mourn the passing of a true original.

Dale said...

Cera, it is very sad. I am glad to know that he went out in "fighting form" -- he was still very active and still very funny to the end.