Enjoying One Funny Guy, Then Hearing about the Death of Another

When I heard the news that George Carlin had died, it made me appreciate even more the performance I was able to enjoy Sunday night at TPAC. Carlin was cutting-edge funny - the one we learned about in broadcasting class in college when discussing obscenity! My, how times have changes since he first uttered the "seven words." I never got to see him perform in person, but Sunday night, my husband and I did see Ray Stevens. I don't think there was a cuss word in the entire hour-and-a-half .. I say that to acknowledge Stevens is different from Carlin. But that's what great about comedy and comics. So many people are so funny in so many unique ways. It's too bad that media are only allowed to capture the first couple minutes of a performance, because Stevens saved some of his funniest, most popular bits for the end. When "the squirrel went berserk," the audience went nuts! When the eyewitness said, "Yeah, I did" see the streaker, it was classic. Stevens also showed his serious side with a rousing "thank you" to our armed services. What Stevens showed at TPAC is an example of how seeing a performer live can help you see him or her in an entirely different light. There is more to Stevens than the silly songs that perhaps most know him for, just as there was more to Carlin than the "seven words." It's why both could be considered icons - and I'm glad I was at least able to see one of them.


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