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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-23-2008, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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George Carlin

One of my all-time favorite comedians expired yesterday at the age of 71. He was still performing, as recently as last weekend.

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In one of his most famous routines, Carlin railed against euphemisms he said have become so widespread that no one can simply “die.”

“‘Older’ sounds a little better than ‘old,’ doesn’t it?,” he said. “Sounds like it might even last a little longer. ... I’m getting old. And it’s OK. Because thanks to our fear of death in this country I won’t have to die — I’ll ‘pass away.’ Or I’ll ‘expire,’ like a magazine subscription. If it happens in the hospital they’ll call it a ‘terminal episode.’ The insurance company will refer to it as ‘negative patient care outcome.’ And if it’s the result of malpractice they’ll say it was a ‘therapeutic misadventure.”’
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25322638/

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He was a master of the English language and it's nuances. I heard that there will be his last HBO special sometime this summer.


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On Tuesday, it was announced that Carlin was being awarded the 11th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which will be presented Nov. 10 in Washington and broadcast on PBS.
Sadly, this will now be awarded posthumously,but at least he knew about it.

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Re: George Carlin

I'm so saddened by his passing, I've just started liking his show, didn't know him before..

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I hate this news. I only saw him as a older man but he was in Scary Movie 3, in probably my fave scene in one my fave movies.



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George Carlin was awesome. I love his stand-up and I've read all his books. So sad to see him "expired". He will be missed


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I have always enjoyed Geoge Carlin's humor, and was very upset by the news of his death. He was at his funniest when talking about simple, everyday things that we can relate to, but are not funny until George Carlin mentions them...like how loud the car radio seems when we stop at redlights. His use of the 7 words had a reason, and that was to show that humankind made those words unacceptable. He was right, according to my linguistics professor. Most of the four letter words were medical terms from the Middle Ages. He was not a "blue" comedian in any of the shows I have seen.

The man was so very bright and full of wit. He will be missed. God rest his soul. (and I believe He will.)




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I haven't seen much of George Carlin's material but I do remember watching old Johnny Carson clips with the "hippy dippy weatherman." Funny stuff!
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Dang....I have enjoyed watching him over the years.
Thanks for the post....
I have not had the tv on for a few days.
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That makes two shocks this week. George Carlin and Tim Russert.




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