I think we at have done a good job honoring George Carlin.  Not to belabor the point, but the guy really made us laugh for a long time.  When you see the outpouring of love for an entertainer like Carlin, the immediate reaction tends to be “It’s a shame that he had to die to achieve the recognition.”  I don’t think that’s the case with George Carlin.  Just last week it was announced that he would be receiving the Mark Twain Award for lifetime achievement at the Kennedy Center in July.  And when you read all the accolades in the news, Carlin is lauded as an innovator – a unique voice in comedy and entertainment.  What I love is that the guy absolutely made every step of the way on his own terms.  For a long time, Carlin was too hot to touch.  The “7 Dirty Words” bit spawned federal lawsuits, got him kicked out of Vegas (WTF?) and even got him persona non grata status on the Johnny Carson Show.  Ya know what George had to say about it?  He looked right into the camera and said “F*** You, Johnny!”  Holy Snikes – in the world of entertainment, you have got to have stones as big as church bells to go there!  And yet, from all accounts (and I especially love Kevin Smith’s tribute) Carlin was a normal guy who wouldn’t big time you.  I never had the pleasure of meeting the man, but everyone says that the guy you see on the screen and on the stage is the genuine article – albeit a slightly ratcheted down and polite version of the man you see delivering the lines.

I can’t imagine that we’ll have much more to say about Carlin – except that he was brilliant and we loved his comedy.  We even replaced our masthead with the Buddy Christ to shepherd George home.  According to George there were only four places you could go when you die – heaven, hell, purgatory or limbo.  “Welcome to limboooooooooo”.  Given all the smiles he created and the love that was felt for him universally – the Cageboys have a pretty good idea where George is headed.

Call in sick or set your DVR.  HBO is doing a two-day marathon of classic Carlin concerts.  And here’s your public service message for the day…



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