The Eight-Day Week
Street Fighters Too
Fans of profane, controversial and hilariously dark stand-up comic George Carlin will be happy to learn that there is a push to co-name 121st Street “George Carlin Way.” Carlin, who fearlessly poked fun at American excess, organized religion, the English language and, of course, politics, grew up on 121st Street, which he dubbed “White Harlem” Read More
George Carlin, passed on in 2008—he would prefer died—but the celebrated, foul-mouthed comic will live around the corner from where he grew up in the 1940s, the 500 block of 121stStreet in Morningside Heights. After months of disagreement, Community Board 9 voted last week to rename the 400 block of 121st Street after the controversial comedian.
The vote, 25-4 with 3 abstentions, comes after months of disagreement. Perhaps fitting for a man with an album called Class Clown, Carlin is still riling up his Catholic grade school, Corpus Christi, which is attached to Corpus Christi Church on the block between Broadway and Amsterdam that was almost renamed. Rev. Raymond Rafferty, the pastor at the church, had protested naming the street where the school is located after a well-known atheist and opponent of religion.
George Carlin hosted the very first episode of SNL on Oct. 11, 1975. NBC will honor him by airing that premiere episode this weekend while HBO plans on playing specials of more than 30 years of his comedy shows starting this week.
Mr. Carlin’s SNL episode featured the “Not Ready for Primetime Read More
In August 1941, four-year-old George Carlin moved with his family into an apartment at 519 West 121st Street, at the top of a hill in Morningside Heights right across the street from the back of Columbia’s Teachers College.
"Would live there 25 years," reads the timeline at GeorgeCarlin.com. "First everything occurs here: sex, Read More
Grammy Award-winning comedian George Carlin died of heart failure yesterday in Santa Monica, Calif. at the age of 71. According to reports, Mr. Carlin had a history of heart problems, and had checked into the hospital Sunday afternoon after complaining of chest pains. He had just performed the previous weekend in Las Vegas, and was Read More
The guys that brought you The Aristocrats, the movie where more than a dozen comics delivered versions of the oldest, dirtiest joke on the Hollywood comedy circuit, have just signed a six-figure deal for a book that will interview salty comics about controversial topics.
!Satiristas¡ will be written by Paul Provenza with photographer Dan Dion, Read More
Kevin Smith’s Dogma
did not incite any religious riots at the screening I attended. Perhaps I would
find it easier to review if there had been. As it is, I felt the audience
responded to the film’s well-meaning whimsicalities with a kindly indulgence I
was unable to grant. To believe or not to believe, that Read More