Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
When George Carlin's career was faltering in the late seventies, he reverted back temporarily to the type of path he had been following throughout the sixties until his LSD induced breakthrough. He returned to the world of hokey variety shows and sitcoms, doing sanitized versions of the good Carlin. Although this had a bit to do with the changing tides of showbiz and the new onslaught of comedy styles brought on by the burgeoning club comic scene, a lot of it can also be chalked up to Carlin's increasing dependency on cocaine and the adverse affects it had on his process.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Woody Allen plugs his Sunday night Kraft Music Hall (and you can watch that here), a special that in later years he disowned - but even here he calls it "an hour of corny comedy."
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Having posted the last clip from What's My Line, I was surprised to discover I had no Robert Q. Lewis category on the site. He's one of my favorite early TV personalities. I assumed I had posted this show before, but I guess not.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
"A comic I admire very much, Joan Rivers, did one of my pieces on The Tonight Show just recently. I couldn't believe it, because it was a bit I'd used regularly for years. I said, 'When my mother was pregnant with me, she carried me very low. In fact, for the last few weeks my feet were sticking out.' And my follow-up, which Joan also used, was, 'However, she did tell me it came in handy on stairs.' Theft is one of the risks you run when you buy material, and I'll bet Joan bought that joke . . . Now that I've said this in public, I guess I'll find out." - George Carlin, 1982
"I like Steve Martin's mind. I like the attitude he brings to that arrow through his head. And I love the way he mocks the performer's situation and self-image - the way he does that phony asshole onstage." - George Carlin, 1982
"In the early Sixties, Richie and I would frequently be on the same bill at the Cafe Au Go Go, and sometimes while introducing each other, we'd do a few improvs between sets. There was always a rapport, and perhaps we share certain comic viewpoints, but I think Pryor is without peer. The thing he does better than anyone else is represent who he is, where he's been, and who has been around him. He doesn't do whole characters in the sense that Lily and Jonathan do, but Richard does fantastic characterizations - an entire personality implied by just a line here, a gesture there. And his white guys really kill me. Richard is just a genius. He makes me laugh from the soles of my feet - that's S-O-L-E-S." - George Carlin, 1982
"The first few times I saw Rickles, he amazed me with his brashness and his willingness to cross lines. But I don't like the way he closes his act - by apologizing for what he does. It's insincere. A performer who kisses the audience's ass is full of shit." - George Carlin, 1982