Monday, June 23, 2008

Comedian Death Watch

Stand-up legend George Carlin died today. Everyone knows him for the “Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television bit. Here are two other classics.

Airport Security

Why We Don’t Need All Ten Commandments

Mike Myers didn’t die today. But if you read this Entertainment Weekly piece you’ll wish he did. Apparently he’s quite evil to directors’ daughters and Conan’s interns. Also check out this eminently quotable paragraph from A.O. Scott’s review of Myers’ latest abortion, The Love Guru:

A whole new vocabulary seems to be required. To say that the movie is not funny is merely to affirm the obvious. The word “unfunny” surely applies to Mr. Myers’s obnoxious attempts to find mirth in physical and cultural differences but does not quite capture the strenuous unpleasantness of his performance. No, “The Love Guru” is downright antifunny, an experience that makes you wonder if you will ever laugh again.


NB said...

Man, love that 10 commandments stuff. Could not agree more. A lot of comedians lose their insightful and angry edge when they get older (eddie murphy is the best example), but George Carlin stayed great.

Ahsan said...

I read that review when it came out. Scott is very funny, but not as biting as the other film critic at the NYT, whose name escapes me at present. Manjoli something or the other.