Tuesday, 24 June 2008

George Carlin, R.I.P.

Comedian George Carlin has just died.  It must have been the after-effects of drinking all that water.  (Some good Carlin advice on water, "If you want flavored water, pour a glass of scotch with some ice and let the ice melt. There's your flavored water.")

Despite being a bloody hippy, Carlin was also bloody hilarious.  His record 'Jammin' in New York' has to be  one of the funniest pieces of vinyl ever produced.   Yes Virginia, vinyl.

And here's some good advice for people everywhere who say there are things you can't joke about -- been a few of those blowhards around over the last few days, haven't there:

"Ohhh, some people don't like you to talk like that. Ohh, some people like to shut you up for saying those things. You know that. Lots of people. Lots of groups in this country want to tell you how to talk. Tell you what you can't talk about. Well, sometimes they'll say, well you can talk about something but you can't joke about it. Say you can't joke about something because it's not funny. Comedians run into that shit all the time... I believe you can joke about anything. It all depends on how you construct the joke. What the exaggeration is. What the exaggeration is. Because every joke needs one exaggeration. Every joke needs one thing to be way out of proportion..."

This, by the way, was by way of introduction for Carlin's monologue on how rape can be funny.

As he used to say, "These are the kind of thoughts that kept me out of the really good schools."

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