Saturday, June 18, 2011

George Carlin Tribute

New World Notes News
Vol. 4, No. 25 -- June 18, 2011

This week in New World Notes, radio program #172, June 21, 2011

George Carlin Tribute

George Carlin died three years ago, on June 22, 2008. Lacking much formal education, he proved to be an impressive thinker and political analyst. Originally a hit as a middle-of-the-road, Hollywood comic, his political thinking moved leftwards over the years. By the 1990s, he was America's preeminent Progressive comic and satirist--and more popular than ever. This tribute includes four of Carlin's finer routines from the 1990s, with introductions by me.

The routines presented are these (the titles are mine):

1. Religion = B.S.
2. Airlines English
3. War on Homelessness
4. Euphemisms

Notes, credits, & links

Two other fine Carlin routines--"They Own You" and "The Class System in the U.S."--are included in New World Notes #164 ("They Warned Us!," April 24).

Thanks to Scooter, of "The innerSide" on KPFT-FM, Houston, for the first Carlin routine.

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