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Monday, June 23, 2008

The Brilliant George Carlin "Passes Away"

George Carlin died yesterday. The world is a much sadder place today.

In addition to some of his greatest hits below, one of my greatest friends, Emily Oberman, sent me this amazing Carlin quote, which sums up life just perfectly:

“The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A Death! What's that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you're too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating...and you finish off as an orgasm.”

Some of his greatest performances:

Carlin on "Soft Language:"

Carlin on "Stuff:"

And of course, the routine that took him all the way to the Supreme Court: Carlin on "Seven Words:"

RIP George Carlin, RIP.


Blogger Steve Portigal said...

Man, we're sitting in our hotel room in Miami Beach (!) watching Carlin and Lipton on TV and cracking up at your excellent headline.

I have no idea if "passes away" is anywhere in his routines or the clips you posted, but it stands alone as perfect Carlin. We just started saying "passes away...." in a Carlin inflection and laughing appreciatively. Nicely done.

A recent Carlin bit I've loved (and I am not sure this is part of the stuff you already posted) is Modern Man

6/23/2008 07:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's the saddest thing ever, but if there is a god, he has a lot of explanation to do ;)

6/30/2008 03:46:00 AM  

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Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for nearly 15 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Nestle and Hasbro. Prior to Sterling, she was a Senior Vice President at Interbrand and a Marketing Director at Frankfurt Balkind. Debbie is President of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at and Brand New and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is now featured on In addition to “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” (HOW Books, 2009, she is the author of "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" (Allworth Press, 2007) and “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design” (Rotovision, 2008).

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