In less than six hours online, a petition encouraging the city of New York to rename part of West 121st Street in honor of late comedian George Carlin has garnered nearly 1,000 signatures. “We the legions of fans, admirers and fans of George Carlin believe that a street should be named in honor of the greatest comedian of all time in his hometown, the greatest comedy city of all time!” writes the petition creator, New Yorker Kevin Bartini. The online initiative has already gained the support of Carlin’s daughter, Kelly, a writer, story teller and producer. “Help us get my dad’s old block (500 W. 121st) in NY changed to George Carlin St. w/ this petition,” she tweeted early this morning.
Bartini, a comic himself, began collecting signatures in early August; but he did so by organizing a team of folks to approach people in person on the streets of the city. His goal was to collect 500 signatures to present to the City Council and to the District 9 community board. But now, you need not to be milling about in Manhattan to help out the cause. Regardless of where you live, you can sign the petition below.