George Carlin- 70 and Better Than Ever!
George Carlin, the straight shooting, famed, award winning, funny
man and one of America's hippest comedians and comedy writers,
appeared at the Orleans showroom in Las Vegas Sept 20 to 23
(Returning Nov. 22-25) to a sold out crowd who cheered him on from
start to finish! It’s hard to fathom that he has reached his 50th
year in comedy and his 70th birthday. Carlin looks the same, dresses
the same and will make you laugh till you cry the same as he has
done for 50 years. I say, “BRAVO GEORGE!” Bravo for making us think,
analyze, question and see reality through laughter for 50 years.
Comedy Central has named George Carlin, the
second greatest comic of all time, (behind Richard Pryor) and I for
one agree. Looking around the audience I realized that one might not
agree with everything he says or puts out there, but he does make
you stop and think about it, at least through his eyes. No matter
what your own opinions are, Carlin ‘WILL’, however, make you laugh…
When speaking to the press Carlin
states, “In interviews years ago, I would describe myself as a
comedian who writes his own material because I was proud of that. A
lot of comedians don’t, even people whom you wouldn’t expect that
out of, they don’t really write their own stuff. They have people
feeding them ideas, and bits and pieces, and jokes and stuff and I
don’t like it. That’s not what this is about for me. This is about
doing my stuff. So I used to think of myself as a comedian who wrote
his own material, and then I started to notice that what I had
become was a writer who performs his own material”.
states, “There are 3 things that can go into a really complete
comedian. One is humor, the second thing is ideas and the third is a
facility for language”. When asked how long he will perform he
answered, “I’ll do it until it’s not fun”! Watching him work, it was
quite evident that fun is what he was indeed having and so was the
Granted, he does use a tad (ok, more than a tad)
of bad language, but he places it appropriately to enhance his
humor. His sense of timing is astounding! In his act, Carlin jokes
about getting older, relatives, comas, peoples kids, sports,
play-dates, low tolerance for stupid people, raising kids, C E O’S,
movie stars and athletes. He goes on to talk about what happens when
we die, faith, the lord, the bible, heaven and hell. He jokes, “My
grandma could be in hell right now baking pies without an oven!”†
His new material is hilarious and not so far from the truth.
Politically correct he is not, and that is quite refreshing, I might
add! “I don’t understand kids today! What is wrong with a 14 year
old boy who manages to have sex with his teacher and then runs to
tell the police about it?” Funny stuff folks!
routinely performs nearly 90 shows a year nationwide. He is busy
working on his next HBO special to air in March 2008. He is
currently touring which enables him to write and test out over an
hours worth of new material for the special. This process of
collecting material for HBO takes about 3 years to develop. By the
way Carlin fans, all 12 of his HBO specials which span 4 decades of
his stand-up are now packaged in a 14-DVD retrospective box set.
Do catch the stellar, comedy brilliance of George Carlin
when he comes to your town.
You go George! You are smart, clever
and totally cool!
Carlin at his best
Photos by Robin Roth