by Tom Simpson
SinceÂ George Carlin’sÂ death some people have comparedÂ him to Mark Twain. They both talked about similar themes in their humor including politics, language and human nature. Mark Twain is still quoted today, almost a century after his death and one wondersÂ Mr Carlin will be quoted a century from now?
Many of the most well known George Carlin quotes have to do with wordplay and the English language. This was something that was an apparent part of his comic routine from the beginning. One of his favorite themes was to point out saying which didn’t make sense and do it in a comical way. Here’s an example: “I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, “Where’s the self-help section?” She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.”
Another common theme in his humor was toÂ laugh at how people think and act. A good comic will make you look at something a little differently andÂ many ofÂ George’s comedy made me look at myself and laugh. Here’s an example: “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” Yes, that is what I do, but I never really thought of it until it was pointed out to me.
There were also the more controversial quotes and routines. The most famous was for using “obscene” words on stage and this eventually resulted in a case before the Supreme Court. George Carlin was also one of the few comics of our time to talk about religion and atheism. “Atheism is a non-prophet organization.”Â “We created god in our own image and likeness!” “If churches want to play the game of politics, let them pay admission like everyone else.”
Mark Twain and George Carlin had a lot in common. They lived in different times and had different experiences. I’ve certainly enjoyed both theirÂ thoughts and my guess is many more will for years to come.
You can find more about George Carlin at George Carlin Quotes.
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