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George Carlin was never one to skirt controversy, but no one can ever deny he had a profound effect on comedy. Not many comedians could claim that one of their routines, Seven Dirty Words in Mr. Carlin’s case, was turned into a definfing case on onscenity before the Supreme Court of the United States.
At many times he was seen as nothing more than a foul-mouthed gutter comedian, but he was so much more than that. He had an unfaltering eye for seeing faults in society. His rant about Stuff came years before the current astronomical credit card debtthe most American households carry.
When you look at the current crop of comedians that are popular, there simply are not any that hold a candle to his ability for insight. This is not saying that there aren’t any good comedians, they just aren’t of his level. It may even be a disservice to call him a comedian as what he did was more of a form of social commentary with a humorous edge to it.
I’m getting very tired of writing these eulogies as I have for Bo Diddley and Stan Winston, and yes, I chose to pass on Tim Russert, though I felt that was also a great loss. I’m tired of losing so many greats in their fields, and that is exactly what it feels like. All of the people that have died as of late have been pioneers and masters of their crafts, and all of them have been a horrible loss to their chosen professions.
Rest in peace, George, you have earned it. I leave you with one of my favorite routines of his, Baseball vs Football.