Monday, June 23, 2008
RIP George Carlin
OK, so the comedian went from cranky-funny to just plain cranky in recent years, and he wasn't much of an actor. I lost touch with him. But his stand-up routines put HBO on the cultural map in the late 70s and early 80s (New Year's Eve was unthinkable in our house without Carlin working blue once the champagne glasses were put away) and his was a powerfully liberating influence. He truly put his money where his mouth was.