George Carlin is on the Mount Rushmore of comedy, something that simply cannot be argued. Carlin opened doors and influenced so many who followed. Not only in the world of comedy, but everyday life. From things we are aloud to say and do, to how we all look and are aloud to look at the world as a society. And his stories, jokes, and influence will surely live on as they are passed from generation to generation. Lucky for us, we live in a time when these moments in Carlin’s career are easily accessible and share-able. Even with his passing back in 2008 at the age of 71, he still continues to give. And now he’ll be giving yet again. His estate is planning a significant relaunch of the comedian’s website, complete with the promise of previously unreleased or rare audio recordings. The revamped site will kick off on March 27, coinciding with the hanging of a Carlin portrait in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. This after a recent street renaming in the Upper West Side of Manhattan to George Carlin Way. If you are ever in New York City, it’s a must visit.
The first of the recordings featured will be from the 1972 Milwaukee Summerfest concert at which Carlin was arrested for performing his “Seven Dirty Words” routine. Carlin’s daughter, Kelly, is currently working on a memoir about her life growing up with him, A Carlin Home Companion, which will be released by St. Martin’s Press. She recently wrapped up a one-woman show under the same name at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank after years of development. A fantastic show to get the most unique of perspectives of into the life of not only the comedian, but of his immediate family.
The Carlin renaissance will continue on the exclusive SiriusXM Channel aptly named Carlin’s Corner and will include an influx of additional material for which will offer the first of the comic’s 14 HBO specials, On Location: George Carlin at USC, in its entirety on April 1.