Wake Up With George Carlin’s Phenomenal ‘Modern Man’ Rant

This is from George Carlin’s “Life is Worth Losing” special, recorded one November of 2005. I’m not sure what’s more remarkable about it. That it was so long into Carlin’s career and he was still breaking new ground with material like this. Or that it was 15 years ago and still perfectly encapsulates this moment that we’re livIng in.

“I'm a modern man, a man for the millennium, digital and smoke-free, a diversified multi-cultural post-modern deconstructionist, politcally, anatomically, and ecologically incorrect. I've been uplinked and downloaded, I've been inputed and outsourced, I know the upside of downsizing, I know the downside of upgrading. I'm a high-tech lowlife, a state-of-the-art bi-coastal multitasker, and I can give you a gigabyte in a nanosecond.“

Four solid minutes of that. It’s the kind of material that’ll make a working comic look at their own monologues and despair. The equivalent of a 17-handicapper watching Dustin Johnson at Augusta. Wishing you could be that good but realizing you’re not in the same galaxy. And Carlin put out that kind of content from the early 1960s until pretty much the day he died. 

RIP, Rufus.