Monday, June 23, 2008

Saying Good-Bye To George Carlin

It’s tough to say good bye to one of your favorite comedians. What’s even worse is that you take them for granted. You just assume they’ll always be there and BOOM, they’re gone.

That’s what happened when the creator of the “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” died of apparent heart failure at age 71 yesterday.

George Carlin looked at life with a true critical eye and wasn’t afraid to put any issues in his comedic crosshairs and fired. No topic was safe from his funny, yet thought-provoking criticisms of life, politics and certainly religion. He offended many and made many others laugh at his hilarious rants and also at themselves.

(Editor’s note: The following is part of George Carlin’s standup routine. It has quite a few words and gestures that some people will find offensive and should not be viewed by minors. But if you view it and are offended, as George Carlin would probably say, “Suck it up and deal with it.”)

No matter how big or how small, George Carlin spoke a lot of truths in his standup routines that made everyone look at themselves and realize there is a little bit of George Carlin in all of us to some extent.

He had a unique way of looking at everyday things and putting a crazy little twist to it that made us look at them in a different way and laugh. And even if you didn’t agree with him, Carlin still had a way to make you laugh despite it all.

He told it like it was and he didn’t care what people thought or said about him. He was certainly one of the greatest hard truthers who forced people to see what was wrong with our society and us and still made us laugh at our faults.

However, it makes one wonder who actually had the last laugh. Carlin didn’t believe in a god and would have worshiped the Sun, since he could actually see it. Or he would rather pray to fellow entertainer and friend Joe Pesci simply because Pesci “looks like a guy who can get things done!”

Maybe Carlin found out the hard way that there really is a god, but decided to hang around Heaven anyway. After all, while we lost a man who brought a lot of laughter to the world, the Hereafter gained a man who could give it the laughter it wanted.