George Carlin, the comedy legend who died in 2008, had among his many qualities, the ability to communicate succinctly. He commented on many topics — politics to Lance Armstrong.
Carlin gained a lot of attention for a succinct routine about the seven dirty words not allowed on television. Not so-well known but nearly equally concise was Carlin’s opening remarks in concert much later in his long career.
In the one-minute video below, Carlin offers comedic disdain for celebrities who gain acclaim as heroes — Armstrong, Tiger Woods and Phillip Calvin McGraw, the psychologist and author best known as Dr. Phil.
The brief bit features outstanding individual “F-bomb” references to the cyclist, golfer and advice-offering television talk show host — and Carlin’s sentiments about being told who our heroes out to be.
Carlin was a master wordsmith. Like Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce, Carlin used profanity. And with his one-word opinion about the two athletes and TV personality, Carlin spoke loud and clear — a master of succinct and masterful comedy.
Shortly after his death, Carlin was posthumously awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.