Tuesday, February 17, 2009

George Carlin: Building Collector?

If you’re familiar with the comedy of the late George Carlin, you might know his bit about “stuff.” He joked about having stuff here, there and EVERYWHERE. Harry M. sent me this tip about a recent TV show he watched. Harry wrote, “Did George Carlin have a few souvenir buildings in his collection of “stuff?” Carlin was recently posthumously awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and there was an elaborate TV special this past week. Towards the end of the show, comedian Margaret Cho showed off a couple of shelves from Carlin’s storage locker. Right on the shelf were: an Eiffel Tower, a Big Ben clock tower and a Leaning Tower of Pisa. Cho pointed out some of the weird stuff on the shelves, but not the souvenir building’s. Good to know that George Carlin was obviously a man of tremendous taste as evidenced by the souvenir buildings. Ooops, maybe he had them because they were funny. If we see him in the afterlife we can ask.” I contacted Carlin’s publicist and inquired about the souvenirs. Unfortunately, he informed me that the comic was not a building collector. The buildings were just props for the award show. Perhaps the set designer is a collector or someone thought souvenir buildings add comic relief. Below, check out his 'stuff' routine.

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