YMMV / George Carlin

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: A few "George Carlin Quotes" lists and a "New Rules for Hurricane Katrina" chain e-mail have been making their way around the Internet for some time now. None of them are actually written by George. This got so bad that George had to put up a disclaimer on his website that he wasn't the one who wrote them. Lampshaded in "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Stop Forwarding that Crap to Me" with the line "And by the way, your quotes from George Carlin aren't really George Carlin."
    • With the current (as of 2013) popularity of Facebook, many quotes that he might not have said are added to pictures of him and shared throughout the website.
  • Big Name Fan: The late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez actually made the aforementioned golf rant part of his national policy. It doesn't get much bigger than that.
  • Fan Nickname: "Old Fuck", posthumously, since in It's Bad For Ya, Carlin expressed his desire to be known as that. ("Who's the old fuck?" "That's Georgie, the old fuck.")
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The segment in It's Bad For Ya covering "Things We Say When People Die". When Carlin died only a few months later, this was not lost on his surviving family, with his daughter making references to it at his own funeral. That said, Carlin wanted them to laugh at his funeral, and laugh they did.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • His rant on 1999's You Are All Diseased about how pointless airport security was and how he didn't believe terrorists were out to hijack planes quickly became this only 2 years later when, in fact, terrorists DID hijack planes.
    • His Fuck Lance Armstrong became this, or Hilarious in Hindsight when he was revealed to dabble with steroids.
  • The Pete Best: He originally partnered with Jack Burns, and though he had a great career of his own, it was never as big as it was with Carlin.
    • Once boasted that he was actually the ANTI-Pete Best for replacing Ringo Starr on Shining Time Station.
  • Playing Against Type: His stand-up is mostly about the Crapsack World in which we live. In the Bill & Ted movies, he plays a character from a time in which everything is pretty much perfect.
    • In Dogma he played a pompous, corrupt Catholic Cardinal.
    • In an interview, he cited this as being the exact reason he accepted the role of Mr. Conductor on Shining Time Station, a children's program on PBS.