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Carlin Copy

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Most of you know that George Carlin is the patron saint of the Slope of Hope, and I’ve listened to his routines and specials countless times. I noticed something odd about the one below, however. From time to time, I would notice a little extra phrase – – just a few words – – that I hadn’t remembered from earlier viewings of the special. I assumed that maybe they trimmed the video special a little bit for purposes of time.

Eventually, though, I figured out that it wasn’t editing – – the audio recording is literally a different performance than the one recorded for HBO. What astonished me is that the two were 99.9999999% identical. The pacing, the timing, the tone, the inflections, the pauses. Believe me, I notice this stuff, and while I realize that doing a “show” means repeating the same thing, Mr. Carlin’s ability to create an almost indistinguishable facsimile from one performance to the next is yet more proof of his incredible genius and skills as a performer. As if he reputation needed to be ANY better.