Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin

"Good evening. This is the Hippy Dippy Weather Man, with all the hippy dippy weather, man. There's no news from our weather station in Central Park tonight, because the caretaker was mugged. So, ah- forecast for tonight: dark."

- George Carlin on the Ed Sullivan Show, like a hundred years ago.

George Carlin died yesterday at age 71. He always made my family laugh. Especially with his dead-on impression of my mother [not that he ever met her- that was part of what amazed us] demanding "Where are the good scissors?"

And who could forget his one-on-one encounter with Mother Angelica on The Tonight Show? Carlin was visibly nervous when he realized a real live nun was going to be sitting next to him on that couch. When she eagerly asked if was he the one who did the Sister Mary Elephant bit, he was taken aback. He responded "No, Sister, that was Cheech and Chong" in the most respectful tone I ever heard him use. Mother A. was disappointed, but was thrilled to meet him anyway.

Sad to lose such a funny man.

1 comment:

HEATHER said...

I am simply devastated to learn of his death! The HBO special that he did after 9/11 was wonderful!
His comedy was always smart as well as funny. He will be missed.