When George Carlin Penned a Letter to the Editor

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By: E&P STaff

In a tribute on the Web to the late comedian George Carlin today, Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter John Campanelli recalled when Carlin wrote a letter to the editor of his newspaper.

Here is an excerpt.
He was famous for never recycling old material. Every tour was fresh, which meant he never stopped writing and working….

After a show in Cleveland in October 1992, a PD critic blasted Carlin, insisting he was “out to collect a paycheck,” and had the attitude of “let me bark my lines and get out of this dump before I bore myself silly.”

A simmering Carlin then wrote a letter to the newspaper, mocking the very idea of a review of a comedy show: “It is like reviewing the Ice Capades or the circus: Who really cares?”

“What comedians do is actually a form of art,” he continued. “It may not be on so lofty a perch as poetry or ballet, but it is nonetheless art . . . vocal art, expressed in monologues.

“I do not take any of my performances for granted; I do not throw a show away; I do not ‘bark my lines’; I do not consider the Palace Theater a ‘dump’; and I have never ‘bore(d) myself silly’ on stage. All such assertions run counter to my beliefs and actual experiences, and, worse, they presume to describe my inner values.”

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