George Carlin: Comedian or Prophet? Can Pinoy culture handle his kind of comedy?
I am an avid fan of George Carlin. I have yet to see a Filipino comedian who can deliver the punchlines the way George Carlin does it. Of course that’s a tall order.
How is George relevant to the Philippines? A lot, thank you very much. First of all, his observation on his fellow Americans apply to Filipinos as well. Second the maturity of the audience to take the commentary and appreciate the brazen truths behind the joke is quite striking to boy from the boonies who saw quite different in his neck of the woods.
George Carlin is politically incorrect, straightforward, does not put up with crap – and his delivery is pure genius.
George Carlin defined a new genre of comedy – the political satire. Hard-hitting, yet funny, witty, brilliantly paced. This isn’t the kind of toilet humor or slapstick comedy I grew up on. C’onsider the following quotes from the man:
I’m completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.
Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.
I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don’t have as many people who believe it.
The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.
Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.
One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.
The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.
The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.
|George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, actor, and author, who won five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums.
Carlin was noted for his black humor as well as his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. Carlin and his “Seven Dirty Words” comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a narrow 5–4 decision by the justices affirmed the government’s power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves.
The first of his 14 stand-up comedy specials for HBO was filmed in 1977. In the 1990s and 2000s, Carlin’s routines focused on the flaws in modern-day America. He often commented on contemporary political issues in the United States and satirized the excesses of American culture. His final HBO special, It’s Bad for Ya, was filmed less than four months before his death.
Carlin placed second on the Comedy Central cable television network list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians, ahead of Lenny Bruce and behind Richard Pryor. He was a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the three-decade Johnny Carson era, and hosted the first episode of Saturday Night Live.
I invite you, nay, beg you to watch the clips, you can say George Carlin is a “guiding light” to AP’s no-nonsense approach – which a lot of Failipinos dont find funny – with good reason, because the joke is on them!.
George Carlin Doesn’t Vote (delivered during the Dubya years, Obama subsequently defeated Bush Republican partymate McCain in the following elections). George brilliantly answers the “if you didn’t vote you don’t have the right to complain” BS. Nope, I am not giving out a spoiler – you have to watch this!
George Carlin on Our Similarities
George Carlin on the American Dream
George Carlin on Politically Incorrect – Part 1
George Carlin on Politically Incorrect – Part 2
George Carlin – You have no Rights
George Carlin – Saving the Planet
George Carlin – We Like War
GEORGE CARLIN on Homelessness and Golf
George Carlin – “Proud parents” bumper stickers
George Carlin on Religion and God
George Carlin’s comedy will most likely not sell in the Philippines – because it will be considered offensive by the typical Pinoy schmoe. Or, he’d rather not be reminded about his misery and watch wowowee instead. Worse, George Carlin can get shot, even wind up like Buddy Dacer.
George’ monologues allow me to look at the mirror – and embrace everything about me, including my flaws. It doesn’t stop there however. I learn from my flaws and my failures – I am my own best friend and I gladly take the spotlight. A new friend on FB by the name of Elpidio said it best:
Realists and pragmatists call a spade a spade. Logically they call a shit a shit. That way their successes outnumber their failures. Their successes are more likely sustainable. They don’t deny their failures so they learn from it and least likely repeat it.
A good friend is the one who tells you your shortcoming direct in your face. A bad friend at best just wouldn’t care
I can learn from the joke, or remain to be the object of the joke – my call, my choice.
Are Pinoys ready for a George? Based on the Carolla/Chip Tsao/Baldwin brouhaha – some are, most aren’t. The joke is still on us – till we get our sh*t together.
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