Media Notes from All Over (somewhat belatedly)
First, about that New Yorker cover: to quote Steve Martin, comedy isn't pretty. As a satire practiti...
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Comic social commentators like George Carlin, Lenny Bruce and mavericks like New York's Ugly George have been uncturing the pervasive hypocrisy on the issue of obscenity laws.
Carlin was uncompromising, knowing that his audience trusted him not to be afraid of offending them. Who else would have asked "Why are there no recreational drugs in suppository form?"
Like some of the other original comics who died too soon -- Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Andy Kaufman-- George Carlin changed comedy, nudging and sometimes pushing it along.
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