George Carlin is in the rarefied pantheon of the few, too few, truly great stand-up comedians. Along with Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, Dick Gregory and Richard Pryor, George Carlin embodied the Swiftian, Twainish culturally astute rapier wit and wisdom that every era needs. The love of language the horror, ecstasy and sublime ridiculousness of human behavior along with the sensibility to synthesize psychology and sociology into the unique poetry of joke-telling is the very recipe for comic greatness.
And now immortality...
Good night sweet Prince.
Richard Belzer - June 23, 2008, Huffington Post
Still, I will not give up eccentric observationism, nor will I give in to culturally purposeless whims. Thank you, George for clearing the path so the different drummer could follow your example. You were a rare bird, but thankfully, the sacred fool will never be exterminated.
(So there, Orkin Man - go play Old Maid with the Maytag repair guy.)
The foolish will always confound the automated wise.