Oi mundo! Adeus George Carlin


Pra começar…
Tenho o péssimo hábito de não escrever.
E se é pra falar de cinema, minha humilde especialidade, que o primeiro post não seja de cinema.

Quero homenagear um velho ranziza de 71 anos que faleceu esses dias e que muita falta fará.
George Carlin foi um comediante brilhante e que além de ganhar a vida falando bobagem, consegue ser um filósofo pertinente.

Eu queria escrever alguma coisa pra ele, mas o seinfeld escreve melhor que eu, então…

Dying Is Hard. Comedy Is Harder.

function getSharePasskey() { return ‘ex=1372046400&en=7833db74595042b7&ei=5124’;} function getShareURL() { return encodeURIComponent(‘http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/opinion/24seinfeld.html’); } function getShareHeadline() { return encodeURIComponent(‘Dying Is Hard. Comedy Is Harder.’); } function getShareDescription() { return encodeURIComponent(‘George Carlin with comedy was like a train hobo with a chicken bone. When he was done there was nothing left for anybody.’); } function getShareKeywords() { return encodeURIComponent(‘Comedy and Humor,Deaths (Obituaries),George Carlin’); } function getShareSection() { return encodeURIComponent(‘opinion’); } function getShareSectionDisplay() { return encodeURIComponent(‘Op-Ed Contributor’); } function getShareSubSection() { return encodeURIComponent(”); } function getShareByline() { return encodeURIComponent(‘By JERRY SEINFELD’); } function getSharePubdate() { return encodeURIComponent(‘June 24, 2008’); }

THE honest truth is, for a comedian, even death is just a premise to make jokes about. I know this because I was on the phone with George Carlin nine days ago and we were making some death jokes. We were talking about Tim Russert and Bo Diddley and George said: “I feel safe for a while. There will probably be a break before they come after the next one. I always like to fly on an airline right after they’ve had a crash. It improves your odds.”

I called him to compliment him on his most recent special on HBO. Seventy years old and he cranks out another hour of great new stuff. He was in a hotel room in Las Vegas getting ready for his show. He was a monster.

You could certainly say that George downright invented modern American stand-up comedy in many ways. Every comedian does a little George. I couldn’t even count the number of times I’ve been standing around with some comedians and someone talks about some idea for a joke and another comedian would say, “Carlin does it.” I’ve heard it my whole career: “Carlin does it,” “Carlin already did it,” “Carlin did it eight years ago.”

And he didn’t just “do” it. He worked over an idea like a diamond cutter with facets and angles and refractions of light. He made you sorry you ever thought you wanted to be a comedian. He was like a train hobo with a chicken bone. When he was done there was nothing left for anybody.

But his brilliance fathered dozens of great comedians. I personally never cared about “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” or “FM & AM.” To me, everything he did just had this gleaming wonderful precision and originality.

I became obsessed with him in the ’60s. As a kid it seemed like the whole world was funny because of George Carlin. His performing voice, even laced with profanity, always sounded as if he were trying to amuse a child. It was like the naughtiest, most fun grown-up you ever met was reading you a bedtime story.

I know George didn’t believe in heaven or hell. Like death, they were just more comedy premises. And it just makes me even sadder to think that when I reach my own end, whatever tumbling cataclysmic vortex of existence I’m spinning through, in that moment I will still have to think, “Carlin already did it.”

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Deixe uma resposta

Preencha os seus dados abaixo ou clique em um ícone para log in:

Logotipo do WordPress.com

Você está comentando utilizando sua conta WordPress.com. Sair / Alterar )

Imagem do Twitter

Você está comentando utilizando sua conta Twitter. Sair / Alterar )

Foto do Facebook

Você está comentando utilizando sua conta Facebook. Sair / Alterar )

Foto do Google+

Você está comentando utilizando sua conta Google+. Sair / Alterar )

Conectando a %s

%d blogueiros gostam disto: