George Carlin Influence

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George Carlin is one of the most influential comedians of all time. He was the best to ever perform onstage with a microphone, his wit and intelligence, with the sole purpose to make everyone in the audience and viewers at home laugh. What made Carlin a great? Carlin was a game changer in comedy for the better part of five decades. George Carlin was much more than a comedian, he was one of the most influential comedians of all time. Carlin's influence was felt through his thought provoking view on taboo subjects including religion, government, military, and drugs. Carlin blazed a path through uncharted territory, in doing so he gave license to other comedians to do the same. George Carlin ascent up the comedy ladder began in 1959 as a typical looking comedian, with short hair who wore skinny ties and a suit jackets. In the fifties and early sixties, Carlin's jokes were parodies of fast talking radio disc jockeys and weathermen. Most comedians at the time were known for their one liners. An early successful bit for Carlin was called The Hippy Dippy Weatherman "Weather tonight: dark. Turning partly light by morning." At this time in his career his comedy was mostly "clean". In the late 1960's Carlin became intrigued by the swell of counterculture and the civil rights movement in the United States and realized he wanted to target a new audience. Counter culture is defined as a way of life and set of attitudes opposed to or at variance with the prevailing social norm. Along with Carlin's new on his approach to his comedy he also altered his physical appearance to go along with his new comedic approach; Carlin grew out his hair and facial hair as well as dressing in black. Although he was successful early on with his original style ... ... middle of paper ... ...ppens to me that is good is due to this guy(Carlin), I can tell you because I do what he did and it's really hard to say the things he did and it took a lot of courage" Carlin's imprint on comedy is everlasting. He changed the comedy game and the idea of what we think is funny. His influence is felt to this day in the minds and musings of Bill Burr, Louis CK, Jon Stweart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher. Carlin unlike many comedians reached the pinnacle of the comedy world all without becoming a movie or TV star. For fifty years he made us laugh until we cried, as well as having us question the system in which we live. Carlin was so much more than the greatest comedian to ever live he was a modern-day philosopher. Comedy leads to laughter and laughter is the best medicine, which in turn makes George Carlin my doctor and the best comedian to ever pick up a microphone.
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