Comedy is a Unit Test

I’m a fan of comedy, but I hate dumb guy comedy. I’ve always preferred smart guy analytical routines. There’s a reason why George Carlin and Lenny Bruce and Bill Hicks and any comedian pushing the boundaries are important. You can think about their pointed explorations of taboos and the edges of what makes us uncomfortable […]

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RIP George Carlin

Sadly, George Carlin has died at age 71. I’ve referenced him on this blog many times. He has been my favorite comedian for something like 25 years or so. I still have one of his day calendars sitting to the right of my desk. His odd outlook on life has affected the way I think, […]

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George Carlin Group Dynamic Comment of the Day

I wanted to be a Boy Scout, but I had all the wrong traits. Apparently, they were looking for kids who were trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Unfortunately, at that time, I was devious, fickle, obstructive, hostile, rude, mean, defiant, glum, extravagant, cowardly, dirty, and sacreligious. So […]

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George Carlin Firewater Comment of the Day

I think the warning labels on alcoholic beverages are too bland. They should be more vivid. Here are a few I would suggest: “Alcohol will turn you into the same asshole your father was.” “Drinking will significantly improve your chances of murdering a loved one.” “Use this product and you may wake up in Morocco […]

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George Carlin Linguistic Comment of the Day

Another phrase I don’t care for is been there, done that. I, personally, am not so cocky. I prefer the modest approach. Instead of “been there, done that,” I will usually say, “been nearby, done something similar.” – from the George Carlin Day Calendar for February 22, 2006 Also on:

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George Carlin 2006

Last week I bought the George Carlin 2006 day calendar. There are a couple of upsides of buying a day calendar in February. One – it’s $3 instead of $15 or whatever outrageous price it lists at. Two – you get to rip through 30 of these things the first day. The hardest part of […]

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George Carlin Personal Interaction Comment of the Day

I enjoy young people because they’re really screwed up and don’t know what they are doing. I like that. I support all screwed-up people regardless of age. – from the George Carlin Day Calendar for December 3/4, 2005 Also on:

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George Carlin Pedagogical Insight of the Day

The idea that if kids wear uniforms to school, it helps keep order — bad theory. And it’s not even a new idea; I first saw it in old newsreels from the 1930s, but it was hard to understand, because the narration was in German. – from the George Carlin Day Calendar for September 1, […]

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George Carlin Music Commentary of the Day

White people ought to understand … their job is to give people the blues, not to get them. And certainly not to sing or play them! I’ll tell you a little secret about the blues: It’s not enough to know which notes to play, you have to know why they need to be played. – […]

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George Carlin Pet Commentary of the Day

Dogs lead a nice life. You never see a dog with a wristwatch. – from the George Carlin Day Calendar for July 25, 2005 Also on:

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George Carlin Social Commentary of the Day

One reason not to get a tattoo is that a tattoo is positive identification. No one should ever do anything to help the police, especially when you may be the object of their interest. – from the George Carlin Day Calendar for July 13, 2005 Also on:

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George Carlin Political Statement of the Day

You’ll know that America has relaxed if we someday elect a president named Booger. If we get a president named Booger, Skeeter, T-Bone, or Downtown President Brown, you’ll know finally this country is a relaxed, comfortable place to live. – from the George Carlin Day Calendar for June 13, 2005 Also on:

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George Carlin Disturbing Thought of the Day

Here’s my idea for another one of those “reality-based” TV shows: No Survivors! One by one, a psychopathic serial killer tracks down and kills all of the Survivor survivors. Think of it as a public service. – from the George Carlin Day Calendar for May 25, 2005 Also on:

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