“F*ck”! – Zum (plötzlichen) Tod von Comedian George Carlin
Posted by stylebitch on June 25, 2008
Als ich die beißende Comedy des grimmigen Gesellschaftssatirikers mit seinem zielsicheren verbalen Flammenwerfer entdeckte, war ich süchtig. Um so trauriger, dass nun mit 71 Jahre eine der kritischen (und irre komischen) Stimmen für immer verstummte, auf die alle noch zurechnungsfähigen Amerikaner momentan so gar nicht verzichten können.
Ich habe hier mal einige meiner Lieblingsclips von Carlin gepostet, die ihn defintiv als schnellsprudelnden US-Verwandten von Dieter Hildebrandt adeln. Bloß weniger altersmilde und nicht so niedlich wie “Ditze”.
Modern Man (Text siehe hier):
Religion is bullshit:
George, I’ll restrict myself to these seven famous words: We love you and we miss you!
P.S. Wenigstens Lewis Black ist noch alive and kickin’ .
P.P.S. Stars remember George Carlin
Bill Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher: “When I was thinking about being a comedian — I was only 9 or 10, and there weren’t a whole slew of comedians other than the Borscht Belt types — George was my inspiration. He had a level of guts and fearlessness than nobody can match. Right to the end. In fact, the older he got, the more he didn’t give a (expletive).”
Jay Leno, host of NBC’s Tonight Show: “He had a common-sense approach to comedy. He didn’t talk above anyone. A lot of guests on my show just show up because they’re famous. George wouldn’t come on without prepared material. He was a comedian’s comedian. He was a student of Lenny Bruce, and, like him, he spoke directly to his generation.”
Kevin Smith, director (Dogma): “As he went on, his comedy got darker and darker. On stage, he was cheerleading for genocide and suicide and mass destruction. That was part of his act. Offstage, you never got any of that. He was never this morose mother(expletive) to be around. He was a joy to be around. He was brilliant enough to take standup and turn it into social philosophy, like his idol Lenny Bruce. He took it further than Bruce did, because George had more time. He perfected that social commentary. Every working comic today who does social commentary, more so than just tell jokes, owes a debt to George Carlin. He blazed the path.”
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live cast member: “What he did influenced everybody in some way. He’s like Richard Pryor or Woody Allen. They were the guys. … He was that thing. No one else did it better. Seeing him in Tulsa, he played his heart out. He played in Tulsa like he was playing Radio City Music Hall. Three-hour sets. Everything hit. Not a false note ever.”
Lewis Black, author/comedian: “He was pulling us out of the ’50s mentality, which persists today. Somehow, it won’t let go. He pointed in the direction and said, ‘Can we please move on?’ He did his best to try to help us grow up as a people. He said, ‘Can we mature a little? Can we be smarter than we’re acting?’
“I think he was a great anthropologist. He was studying us while we were still wandering around. I think the legacy he leaves is that he kept the door open, instead of it shutting with Lenny Bruce. He and Richard Pryor keep that door open so comics like myself can find employment.
“For me, the loss leaves a huge hole. We’re just not as funny anymore.”
Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!: “Free speech never had a better or funnier friend than George Carlin.”
Sarah Silverman, comedienne: “George Carlin was a pioneer who continued to be vital and relevant ’til the day he died. He was cutting edge without sacrificing heart or passion.”
David Brenner, comedian: “Not only has the country lost irreplaceable laughter, it’s lost some special sweetness. George gave us both.”
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy: “A four-time Grammy winner, George Carlin was a comedic genius with an incredibly broad range. More than a comedian, he was a social commentator whose legacy not only includes memorably funny monologues, but also routines that spoke powerfully for freedom of expression. He leaves behind an incredible cultural legacy that will be remembered for generations to come.”
HBO: “George had been a part of HBO almost since its beginning, performing his first concert for us in 1977, and his 14th special just earlier this year. No performer was more important to helping our network define itself in its early years. And no performer was more committed to the ideal of freedom of speech, a principle he embodied for the 50 years he performed with his trademark wit. We will miss his humor and his righteous comic anger, and we will simply miss him.”
Jerry Hamza, manager: “Not only has the world truly lost an artist, but I have truly lost a great friend.”
Penn Jillette, of the magic-comedy team Penn & Teller: “Everything we’ve done tries to be the kind of truth-telling Carlin did. He was the best at that. That you would stand onstage and it would be called ‘comedy,’ to do a philosophical discussion and look into your heart, the idea that that’s called comedy is an American invention. You would go see George Carlin and laugh until you almost swallowed your nose. Take that, plus his philosophy and truth, and you can’t beat it.”
Judd Apatow, director (40-Year-Old Virgin): “Nobody was funnier than George Carlin. I spent half my childhood in my room listening to his records experiencing pure joy. And he was as kind as he was funny.”
Kelly Carlin, daughter: “Most people know George Carlin as an icon of comedy and an advocate of free speech. I just know him as Dad … and what a dad he was. He taught me the value of speaking the truth in a world that doesn’t always want to hear it and gave me the gift of laughter. He was loved and revered by so many and will be missed beyond words — but never forgotten.” (Quelle)