“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.”
George Denis Patrick Carlin passed away yesterday from heart failure. He was 71.
Carlin had a history of heart problems and checked into St. Johns Medical Center in Santa Monica Sunday afternoon complaining of chest pain. He died later that evening.
Known by most as the originator of "the seven words you can never say on television," Carlin was a master at the art of biting commentary. His work made you realize that there is a lot of truth burried beneath all that laughter. He was a pioneer. He was the master.
I had the opportunity to meet him while working on "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey." It was an audience shot towards the end of the movie. The big battle of the bands scene. George was standing on his mark to the side of the stage and the crowd of extras was patiently waiting for the camera crew to re-position. Someone in the crowd yelled "We love you George" and within seconds, the entire audience of well-mannered professional extras turned into a screaming crowd of Carlin's fans. George waved it off, stepped to the microphone and quickly said thanks. He could have easily grabbed the mic and owned that audience, but he didnt have to. They were already his to begin with.
So long, George. You really will be missed in this world that just got a little less funny.