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03-09-2008, 07:48 AM
Ever since my one friend played his "A Place For My Stuff" for me when I was about 10 or so, I've been wanting to see him in concert. One of my fondest memories was damn near pissing myself when he talked about getting into an argument with his Rice Krispies ("I distinctly heard Snap, Crackle, Fuck him!")
He looks a lot smaller in person, but he still made me laugh my ass off, to the point where I'm still in pain from laughing so hard. I've heard complaints from a person or two who said he had gotten too political, but he didn't dwell on that too much. It was all good!
03-09-2008, 07:53 AM
He has grown more bitter the last few years, but I can't blame him with the way politics has been in the States for the last few years. ;p
Still cracks me up though.
03-09-2008, 07:57 AM
Yeah, he's gotten cranky in his old age, and since he's gotten off drugs. He seemed so mellow the first time I heard him, and when I heard his "What am I Doing in New Jersey" album that came out in the late 80s, I noticed he wasn't the same.
Still funny as hell, though. My son enjoyed it just as much as I did.
Which reminds me of something I meant to post in the original post and forgot: This lady behind us noticed my son, and chuckled about the fact that a kid was going to see George Carlin with his father. We don't like all the same things, but we both have the same warped sense of humor. ;)
03-09-2008, 04:55 PM
I love George Carlin! He's my favorite comedian. He'll go anywhere and everywhere with no remorse. He's my hero...
03-09-2008, 05:11 PM
I have seen him four times live. I have only ever seen my favorite band four times! That says something.
Unless he has something new out, I have pretty much everything he has put out, and am a huge fan. I quote him incessantly, for he is Wise and Sage.
"A Place for My Stuff" got me on to him too, in a way. My father had that album on eight track (yes, eight track!) when I was a kid, and it left an impression on me. Years later, when I was a teenager, I went out and bought it. And it was like lightning had gone off! I went about buying everything I could find by him, spending what little money I had on him and music. (Sadly, not on girls at that time!)
I actually have a George Carlin-related duty with my family. Every year, if we all gather for Christmas (hasn't happened much lately), it is my duty, my job, my task to have with me his latest CD, if he has one, and we will sit around listening to the entire album, cracking up.
There is something quite hilarious about watching your mother crack up to George Carlin joking about blow jobs!
The man is brilliant, and his getting political has not, to me, lessened his appeal, but strengthened it. In fact, in 2000, when I was faced with two men I could not stomach myself to vote for, I made a decision. I did not see a Lesser of Two Evils. I just saw Two Evils. So, rather than vote for either of the jokers I was offered, I voted for the PROFESSIONAL joker. That's right, boys and girls--I voted for George Carlin for President!
And while my mother thinks I wasted my vote, I could not have been happier. In fact, I voted for him and wished for chaos--and got my wish! Those five weeks when we had no idea who our next President would be, almost everyone was wringing their hands, pulling their hair, and gnashing their teeth, as the rooted for whichever guy they had voted for, Gush or Bore. I, on the other hand, being very satisfied with my choice of Mr. Carlin for President, enjoyed the spectacle for the pure entertainment it was.
And honestly, only once in my life have I been as satisfied with my casting of a ballot, and that was in 1992, when I was able to select my own name, as I was running for office!
George Carlin rocks!
Eddie The 'Ead
03-09-2008, 05:14 PM
Grrr, I envy you for getting to see him live!
03-09-2008, 06:38 PM
Grrr, I envy you for getting to see him live!
I'm gonna download some more stuff onto my iPod I think...
03-09-2008, 09:42 PM
Not only do I often quote George Carlin, I sometimes intentionally twist the quotes around for my own uses. Probably the most common example of this is something I say quite often after a long, hard day of work:
"Tonight's forecast: beer. Continued mostly beer throughout the evening, breaking to widely scattered hangovers in the morning." :cheers:
03-10-2008, 01:24 PM
FYI, for those looking for his stuff, I had an emusic account for a while, it was cheap and they had all his albums including books on tape available as MP3 downloads.
Sometimes, especially after reading his books, I suspect he is not really a comedian and that everybody just assumes he is joking with the things he says. ;)
03-10-2008, 01:59 PM
Unfortunately I had to miss him when he came up here. But I was watching some of the clips from his new show and they were as funny as hell. Am I the only one who noticed that he's gotten a little bigger and has a more "old man" posture, not that there is anything wrong with either but it almost looked like it wasn't him.
03-11-2008, 12:31 AM
I saw him last year. Boy, was he hilarious!
I had not seen much of Carlin, only heard a few MP3's from his albums...maybe caught a clip or two of him in movies or on TV...but since then, I wanted to see him.
I found out he was in my area, so I called up my Dad and asked him if he wanted to go.
So, MadMike, you aren't the only one who shared a "dad and me" moment at a Carlin show. ;)
I could tell though that I was the only retail flunkie in the audience. He made a couple of retail references that I found hilarious that only went over lukewarm with everyone else... ah well.
He was awesome! I can't believe he's 70 now...
03-13-2008, 12:52 AM
Oooh, how I envy you . . . maybe one of these days he'll get to come down here to Greensboro and I can drag the BH to see him.
One of the earliest routines I remember was from around late 70's/early 80's (Carlin at Carnegie on HBO) where he was talking about wondering why a cat's butt goes up in the air whenever somebody would pet it.
My brother and I both rolled in the floor with laughter over the "ass button.":roll:
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