Two years after his death, Southern California Public Radio’s Patt Morrison and comedians Greg Fitzsimmons and Ben Gleib joined together to pay tribute to the influential comedian. During the show, Morrison asked Fitzsimmons and Gleib about their experiences with Carlin. Then she opened the lines to callers who had been affected by Carlin and his comedy.
Callers reminisced about the effect Carlin’s comedy had on their lives. A few talked about how Carlin’s strong views against religion influenced their beliefs. Another said his college communications professor used Carlin’s bits on free speech and his “7 dirty words” to talk about expression and the media. A woman who was in the emergency room the night Carlin died described the loss the room felt when he was gone. The broadcast memorialized Carlin’s life and comedy as each caller described their personal connection to Carlin’s legacy.
Check out more quotes and the full broadcast here, where you can listen to more memories of George Carlin and his widespread impact. And to read our original tribute to Carlin the day after he died, go here.