Throwback George Carlin Interview with John Stewart

“Don’t forget what we do is oratory.

It’s rhetoric.

It’s not just comedy, it’s a form of rhetoric. And with rhetoric you look and you listen for rhythms and you look for ways to sing at the same time you’re talking…

…My grandfather, whom I never knew, was a policeman in New York at the turn of the century and he was an uneducated man, self-educated; and he in the course of his adult life he wrote out the The Works of Shakespeare, by hand, because of the joy it gave him…and most everything is genetic and my mother cared a lot about language. My father was a champion public speaker of 1935. He won the Mahogany Gavel over 800 other public speakers from the Dale Carnegie Public Speaking Institute. He was great, and I never knew him either…

…My mother was very controlling wanted to control my life and was heartbroken when I began with the dirty language and the awful stuff I say about business. She was an advertising executive secretary, loved the business world – thought it was the best thing to ever happen…

So when I went in that direction, at first, until one day…we lived on the same street i went to school, Corpus Christi, School, and the Nuns were great – it wasn’t a typical Catholic School. It was an experimental, progressive school, that didn’t have grades. It didn’t have any sort of corporal punishment, it was just 7 very, very wonderful school…

…she would see the nuns in the street, and one day, one of them said to her, "We saw George on The Tonight Show”. And my mother, being a bit of an actress, would say, “Oh, the awful language Sister. The awful language”. And one of them said, “No, no, no. You don’t understand. He’s using it for other purposes. It’s not just doing it for that, it’s part of what he does, don’t you understand? He’s using it for this, that, and the other”. And from that day on she was okay with it because the church had approved it.